Books with melodies and chord symbols
The Real Books are the best-selling jazz books of all time. Since the 1970s, musicians have trusted these volumes to get them through every gig, night after night. I personally find this a great learning tool and inspiration for my own arrangements.
Finally, a jazz and contemporary worship fake book with all of your favorite traditional hymns notated for today’s musician! This book contains over 120 traditional hymns re-harmonized and put in lead sheet format with notated chord voicing provided.
A beginning fake book for players new to "faking"! This great collection contains over 100 favorite gospel songs all in the key of C. You can use this as practice for getting used to the fake book format, as it can be tough if you've never tried it before.
Books with full on written-out arrangements of classic hymns
Everyone's favorite spirituals and gospel songs, all set in styles ranging from old-time swing, blues, bossa, a "movie theme" to quasi new age stylings. This book is from Mark Hayes, a master of jazz gospel.
Mark's third book of intermediate solos - designed specifically for these players - includes spirituals and Gospel songs with all of the brilliant Hayes trademark jazz chords and licks but in settings that can be mastered more easily.
33 hymns re-imagined for jazz piano in piano solo arrangements with chord symbols, including: Abide with Me, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, Amazing Grace, Be Thou My Vision, Blessed Assurance, Fairest Lord Jesus, among many others!
Books to broaden your knowledge on jazz theory
This book presents all the information any student needs in an easy-to-understand, yet thorough, manner. For intermediate to advanced players, and written by one of the acknowledged masters of jazz, it's used by universities around the world.
This is a book for students no previous study in jazz, as well as those in advanced theory courses. Bridging theory and practice, it provides a strong theoretical foundation from music fundamentals to post-tonal theory.
Learn jazz harmony, as taught at Berklee College of Music. This text provides a strong foundation in harmonic principles, supporting further study in jazz composition, arranging, and improvisation.
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