The Charlie Parker Omnibook Volume 2 Review

Today, I am excited to be reviewing the Charlie Parker Omnibook Volume 2 that has just been released by Hal Leonard.  This great book of transcriptions was created by Chris “Doc” Stewart who also transcribed the Sonny Rollins Omnibook  and the Cannonball Adderley Omnibook that I reviewed earlier last year.  Hal Leonard was kind enough Read More…

Transcription of Danny Janklow’s Solo on Scrapple from the Apple

Here is another Facebook “Jam of the Week” solo transcription. I love hearing some of these new young players on the scene posting their solos.  There is something raw and courageous about letting it all fly on a video clip for all to see that is exciting. I also love that these are just one chorus. Read More…

Charlie Parker Story

Here’s a great video of the Charlie Parker Story that a friend just emailed.  I’m about half way through it and it is great.   I really love it.  It’s great to here Parker play in it as well as hearing what other great jazz musicians thought about him.  I started practicing out of the Omnibook Read More…

Charlie Parker “Bird” Legend Series Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Here is another mouthpiece in the Legend series made for RS Berkeley by Drake mouthpieces.   A number of months ago I reviewed a copy of  Stan Getz’s mouthpiece.  This mouthpiece is a copy of Charlie Parker’s mouthpiece.   Les Silver (a member of my site for the last 2 years ) called me up a Read More…

Amazing Charlie Parker Recording of Cherokee

Back when I was in junior high school I was introduced to the playing of Charlie Parker.  It was 9th grade and up to that point all I had listened to was Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangione, Dave Sanborn and the Yellowjackets.  My saxophone teacher told me that if I wanted to be good at jazz Read More…

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