In order to IMPROV you have to TRANSCRIBE!

  • Student Transcription Assignments
  • Students give me the notes, I write the rhythm.
  • Some solos, still working out the “bugs” on the rhythm.
  • Don’t want to get too bogged down in rhythm, but will fix later. Momentum is the key!
  • If solos are incomplete, it’s because school music assignments interrupt the completion, but in the summer, we do hit it hard!
  • Many, many transcriptions not posted yet — will try to get them later including many Phil Woods, 3-4 page transcriptions & John Coletrane’s epic Green Dolphin street another 3-4 pager!

 * Found out these student have perfect pitch through transcribing solos!

FUTURE – Solos to Transcribe:



Ralph Moore Tenor Solo / INVITATION / KENNY BARRON

Dizzy Gillespie Manteca (1970?) – TEnor Solo

TANK! Bebop Cowboy: Fabio Marziali

Cannonball Adderley | What Is This Thing Called Love:

Alto Sax – Austin Zhang – 2017 Grammy Band Audition

What’s New / Jackie McLean:

Sonny Rollins / Tenor Madness

Jackie McLean / I Love You:

Jackie McLean / Blues Function (Concert Bb)

Let’s Face the music and Dance / Jackie McLean (Harmonic Minor):

Filthy McNasty / Ronnie Cuber Solo to transcribe

Jackie McLean (Bb Blues) – cue to 7:24 “Filidé”

Jackie McLean & Dexter Gordon “The Meeting” (F Blues):

Jackie McLean “Moanin” / Charles Mingus: | PDF SOLO

Slumber / Jackie McLean / Minor Blues:

Beautiful Love (standard) Jackie McLean:

Bup A Loup > Buc A Lup / Jackie McLean

Bb Blues / Cannonball / Blue Funk

Bb Blues / Scotch and Water / Cannonball:

Hi-Fly / Cannonball:
Blues / This Here / Dis Here / Cannonball:

Black Orpheus / Cannonball / Morning of the Carnival:

Worksong / Cannonball / Oslo w/Joe Zawinul

Jive Samba / Cannonball:

Hank Mobley / Bags Groove:

Cannonball & Coltrane / Bags Groove:

Lullaby of Birdland / Benny Golson:

Lullaby of Birdland / Dexter Gordon:

Joe Farrell / Vim and Vigor (difficult):

Joe Farrell @ The lIghthouse / Title: Speak Low ? LIVE

Joe Farrell / Speak Low:

TAKE THE A TRAIN / Joe Farrell:

Dexter Gordon / Broadway:

Joe Farrell w/Tom Harrell:

Joe Farrell live w/Brecker:

Joe Farrell live w/Randy Brecker:

Bb Blues – Cannonball Adderley – “Sticks” > BLUES

Bb Blues – Dexter Gordon – Wee Dot:

Bb Blues – Dexter Gordon – Jumpin’ Blues:

Bb Blues – Alto (Lou Donaldson) – Wee Dot (Clifford Brown)”

Bb Blues – Alto (??) – Wee Dot:

Bb Blues – Charlie Parker?? – Wee Dot w/Miles:

Bb Blues – Wee Dot – Zoot Sims:

Bb Blue – Wee Dot – (Alto??) w/ Art Blakey:

Bb Blues – Wee Dot – Dexter Gordon >> LIVE!!!

Sonny Stitt & The Oscar Peterson Trio – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

SPECTACULAR LIVE! Cannonball Adderley:

Another YouTube

“Cannonball” Arr by Quincy Jones:

BARI SAX > Gene Ammons / Coltrane:

Bb BLUES | Nursery Blues > Jackie McLean


Wee Dot / Dexter Gordon

(Another) Blues Up and Down Dexter & Johnny Griffin

Transcribe: Wee Dot  | Tenor: Zoot Sims:

Blues Up and Down / Earl Alexander & Vincent Herring

Pfrancing / Hank Mobley / F Blues:


Phil Wood  / Webb City 1982 – Live
Phil Woods / Webb City – Live @ The Vanguard:
Phil Woods / Webb City Quintet
Ralph Moore’s / Squatty Roo
Charlie Parker / Red Cross
Dexter Gordon / LTD
Harold Land / Crazeology