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APHS Jazz Ensemble


Course Information and References

This page is designed for students in the APHS Jazz Ensemble to use as a reference throughout the course. Since we will examine, primarily through performance and listening, a wide variety of styles and artists, you should refer to this page often, as a starting point for further research.



Major Historical Time Periods:



Hot Jazz



Cool Jazz


Jazz Rock


Some links regarding improvisation:

Jazz Improv for Beginners article

A Jazz Improvisation Primer

Ed Ulman's Website


Jim Snidero Jazz Improv Basics handout

Simple Steps to Improv

World of Jazz Improvisation


Interesting history links:

Here's a great article from "The Instrumentalist"

Jazz History Detailed Timeline:

Smithsonian Jazz:

A Passion for Jazz – good brief timeline -

To grow as an improviser, the best method is to transcribe solos played by the great artists. Here are some helpful weblinks:

Anton Schwartz: How to Transcribe

Wilktone - Advice for Beginning to Transcribe

Effective Jazz Solo Transcribing

David Liebman - The Complete Transcription Process

The Jazz Resource - First Steps


APHS Transcription Exercise worksheet (please print, complete, and turn in as Mr. B requests)


To grow as a musician, we need to study the artists from the present and the past.

Players to know (not listed in any particular order):


Art Tatum

Thelonious Monk

Duke Ellington

Herbie Hancock

Ahmad Jamal

Chick Corea

Ellis Marsalis




Artie Shaw

Benny Goodman



Charles Mingus

Jaco Pastorius

Ron Carter

Ray Brown

Todd Coolman

Milt Hinton

Dave Holland

Sam Jones

Marcus Miller

John Pattitucci

Esperanza Spalding

Victor Wooten



Pat Metheny

John Scofield

Joe Pass

Wes Montgomery

Herb Ellis

Charlie Christian

Les Paul

John Abercrombie

John Pizzarelli






Gene Krupa

Buddy Rich

Chick Webb

Philly Joe Jones

Elvin Jones

Tony Williams

Art Blakey

Max Roach

Joe Morello

Roy Haynes






John Coltrane

Coleman Hawkins

Lester Young

Stan Getz

Art Pepper

Zoot Sims

Charlie Parker

Pharoah Sanders

Paul Desmond

Wayne Shorter

Sonny Rollins

Benny Carter

Dexter Gordon

Michael Brecker

Joshua Redman

Joe Lovano

Kenny Garrett

David Liebman

Branford Marsalis

Mark Turner

Jerry Bergonzi

Cannonball Adderley

Joe Henderson

Ornette Coleman

Grover Washington, JR.

Jeff Coffin


Louis Armstrong

Wynton Marsalis

Miles Davis

Dizzy Gillespie

Bix Beiderbecke

Arturo Sandoval

Maynard Ferguson

Clark Terry

Chuck Mangione

Quincy Jones



Eric Dolphy

Jeremy Steig

Herbie Mann

Hubert Laws

James Moody

Frank Wess

Brian Jackson

Rahsaan Roland Kirk







Frank Rosolino

Trombone Shorty

J.J. Johnson

Jack Teagarden

Lawrence Brown

Curtis Fuller

Carl Fontana

Tommy Dorsey

Al Grey

Slide Hampton

Kid Ory

Robin Eubanks

Steve Turre

Wycliffe Gordon

Bill Watrous

Glenn Miller



Stephane Grappelli

Regina Carter

Ray Nance

Stuff Smith

Jean-Luc Ponty



Non-drumset/piano percussion

Malleted Instruments


Milt Jackson

Red Norvo

Roy Ayers

Cal Tjader

Lionel Hampton



Latin Percussion



Ray Barretto

Tito Puente

Willie Bobo

Candido Camero

Chano Pozo