Top 5 Jazz Trumpet Books



  • There's a thread on TH right now on the top trumpet books. This is always an interesting discussion, and tends to include Arbans, Clarke, Colins, Schlossberg, and others. I'd like to instead ask for your top 5 jazz trumpet books. Here's my list of the top 5 (plus 1).

    1. Jamey Aebersold, Jazz Handbook - Much of this is included in Vols 1, 2, and 3 of the Play-Along Series

    2. Jerry Coker, How To Practice Jazz - A nice overview on how to set up a daily routine

    3. Jerry Coker, Patterns For Jazz - The standard book on jazz patterns

    4. Dan Haerle, Scales for Jazz Improvisation - A good resource on most of the scales out there

    5. Ken Slone, 28 Modern Jazz Trumpet Solos, Books 1 and 2 - Or any other of the transcriptions books out there

    6. Jerry Coker, Jazz Keyboard for Pianists and Non-Pianists - If you want to develop some piano skills

    Mike



  • Aebersold Play-Alongs Vol. 1, 2, 54.
    Patterns For Jazz, Jerry Coker
    Improvising Jazz, Jerry Coker
    Jazz Improvisation: the Goal-Note Method, Sheldon Berg
    Flexus - Trumpet Calisthenics For The Modern Improvisor, Laurei Frink and John McNeil

    And for anyone really getting into the expression of Jazz improvisation, Paul Berliner's detailed book, Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation is outstanding.



  • @Kehaulani said in Top 5 Jazz Trumpet Books:

    And for anyone really getting into the expression of Jazz improvisation, Paul Berliner's detailed book, Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation is outstanding.

    Nice choices. I'm not as familiar with Berliner. But it reminds me of another Coker book, "Clear Solutions For Jazz Improvisers".

    Mike



  • I can't do justice to Berliner's book, but it really gets into the guts of Jazz expression. It's almost analogous to reading War and Peace or The Rise And Fall of the Roman Empire, LOL.

    https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Jazz-Infinite-Improvisation-Ethnomusicology/dp/0226043819



  • I'd like to hear @Dr-GO 's list of jazz trumpet books.

    Mike



  • These may not qualify for the top 5 or even 10. My experience playing with brass quintet or community band is that it is the rhythms that are the first obstacle to playing jazz. From my early years library, I found the following useful for introductory jazz rhythms:

    Rhythms Vol 1 and 2 -- Charles Colin and "Bugs" Bower
    Modern Dixieland Style Nos 1 and 2 - Henry Levine


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    I really like Craig Fraedrich’s books, especially his older scale studies book. I like the new theory book he has out, though - great way to introduce a student to jazz theory. Each example includes playing exercises at the end of each lesson, which makes so much more sense than treating it as a classroom type subject.
    Here’s the link to the older scale book:
    http://craigfraedrichmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Treble-Scales-1.pdf

    I also really like Patterns for Jazz, and Pat Harbison’s technical studies book.



  • I also like "Improvisation for Saxophone" by Oliver Nelson. Great book for adding building blocks/vocabulary.


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