Jim Snidero Books

Two book series that include etudes, play alongs, vocabulary studies and more: Jazz Conception and The Essence of the Blues.

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The Essence of The blues

Jim’s new book series The Essence of the Blues sheds light on one of the most important forms in 20th century music. From jazz, rock, pop, hip-hop, country and other genres, the sound of the blues has had an enormous impact on modern music.

Available for Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet


  • Each of the 10 pieces are based on the style of a historic jazz/blues artists; Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, BB King, Sonny Rollins, Blue Mitchell, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Lou Donaldson, and John Coltrane.
  • The style of each artist is represented by incorporating their personal preferences regarding rhythm, harmony, melody, timing and overall musicality
  • There are a variety of grooves, including swing, bebop, hard bop, modal, soul jazz, blues shuffle and funk. Tempos are generally medium.
  • Depending on the instrument, the level of difficulty is generally moderate. Techniques such as turns and double-time are optional, as well as upper brass ranges and saxophone altissimo.
  • All woodwind and trumpet articulation and effects are indicated to give the user precise guidance on the crucial art of authentic jazz/blues phrasing. Many trombone positions are included.
  • Each piece includes comments on providing the user deep insight on improvisation techniques.
  • The appendix includes basic jazz/blues theory and collated ideas from the pieces on various chords, all presented in one single key for easy study and comparison.
  • The included play along has a critically-acclaimed NY soloist and rhythm section performing each piece, giving the user an excellent model to study tone, time feel, style and execution. The user can play along with the rhythm section, with or without the soloist.

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The Jazz Conception Series

In 1996, Jim Snidero revolutionized jazz education by penning the first Jazz Conception (Advance Music) books. In a market crowded with lick-based materials and lead sheet-driven products, he managed to make an impact by tapping into idiomatic language and phrasing that was previously unavailable to students.

These best-selling books eventually spawned an Easy and Intermediate series that filled in the gaps for players at different levels; to date, the Jazz Conception series contains over forty books in 4 languages, and it remains an incredibly popular jazz education resource.

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