Piano Music
Much of this music was written for my students when I was teaching piano (exception: Two by Four). Some things are in jazz or related styles; these are completely written out and require no improvisation (though enterprising players are encouraged to try). Some would be suitable for playing clubs or parties, or as encores.
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    Shenandoah (1997)
    Instruments: Piano
    Duration: 3 minutes
    Difficulty: Challenging
    Price: $2

    A pensive, rubato arrangement of this beautiful traditional American melody: intro, twice through the tune, coda; some jazz harmony, but not really a jazz arrangement.
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    Just for You (1994)
    Instruments: Piano
    Optional Bass and Drums
    Duration: 4 minutes
    Difficulty:
    Price: $2

    Slow, lush jazz balladin a written-out arrangement with chord symbols included.
  • Jazz Suite for Two (1991)
    Instruments: 1 Piano, 4 Hands
    Duration: 2-3 minute pieces
    Difficulty:
    Price: $10

    "Bald-Faced Boogie" (a boogie, duh; 2:17), "Blue Tuesday" (a bluesy waltz, 2:32), "Sunnin' Spot" (Latin, 2:45), "Crescent City" (slow New Orleans-ish, 2:44), and "Riff Raff" (rock-ish, 3:02). Introductory pages include interpretive suggestions. Intermediate. Available from Manduca Music Publications (#10141).
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    Jazzmatazz (1900)
    Instruments: Piano
    Duration: 2-3 minute pieces
    Difficulty: Easy
    Price: $5.50

    8 short pieces in jazz and related styles for the intermediate piano student. Introductory pages include interpretive suggestions. This collection is similar to Jazzbag, but shorter and a bit easier. Published by Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. (Belwin Mills Publishing EL03629); officially out-of-print, but I know a few copies remain. Call 1-800-327-7643 to order. I'm looking for a new home for this one.
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    Three Scats (1988)
    Instruments: Piano
    Duration: 2-3 minute pieces
    Difficulty: Challenging
    Price: $6

    Three etudes in jazz, ("Bop-shoo-ee," in a subdued fusion style, "Fwee-loo," a ballad, and "Oop-a-doo-wah, ba-do-wah," a modern swing), based on motives suggestive of scat singing. Scores include chord symbols and suggestions for optional improvisation. A personal favorite. Available from Manduca Music Publications (#10059).
  • Jack and Jill Get Hip (1984)
    Instruments: Piano
    Duration: 3 minutes
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Price: $3

    A written-out jazz arrangement of the traditional Jack & Jill nursery rhyme. Moderate tempo. Available from Manduca Music Publications (#10134).
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    Cosmic Encounters (1984)
    Instruments: Piano
    Duration: 2-4 minute pieces
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Price: $12

    "Twelve Interplanetary Etudes on the Intervals for Intermediate Terrestrial Piano." Each piece emphasizes one of the 12 chromatic intervals and is followed by a page of simple theory exercises concerned with that interval. The pieces follow the story of an imagined future manned spaceflight that retraces the path of the Voyager probes to Saturn ("Countdown," "Weightless," etc.). The intervals get larger as the distance from Earth increases, concluding with a landing on Saturn's giant moon Titan that emphasizes octaves but includes all 11 of the previous intervals. The book can be played through in about 30 minutes, and would make a nice recital with students reading the narrations in between pieces. This collection is a personal favorite, released in 2000 by Manduca Music Publications (#10124).
  • Nursery Riffs (1984)
    Instruments: Piano
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Difficulty: Challenging
    Price: $3.25

    6 familiar nursery rhymes arranged in a variety of jazz styles ("The Bear Jogged Over the Mountain," "Bop Goes the Weasel," etc.). Available from Kjos Music Company (General Words and Music, GP347).
  • Two by Four (1983)
    Instruments: 2 Pianos, 4 Hands
    Duration: 12 minutes
    Difficulty: Challenging
    Price: $10

    With The Ant Hill, commissioned by the Michigan Music Teachers Association. Four continuous movements, slow [3:27]-fast [2:24]-slow [2:34]-fast [2:30]-slow coda [:40]. Serialized, with interrelationships of all elements based on the numbers 2 and 4. Last movement a fugue in jazz rhythms. Some inside-the-piano techniques required, as well as an actual two-by-four for the playing of a tone cluster (exact measurements provided).
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    The Ant Hill (1983)
    Instruments: 1 or 2 Pianos
    Duration: 4 minutes
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Price: $5

    "A musical cartoon in sort-of-sonatina form for two pianos, 4 hands," but with a little elbow bumping, this could be squeezed onto one piano. A quirky march with occasional missing beats, suggesting industrious activity with a few mishaps. Moderate tempo; good counting a must. Package includes a complete score for each player. Available from Manduca Music Publications (#10057).
  • Santa-ma-jazz (1981)
    Instruments: Piano
    Duration: 3 minute pieces
    Difficulty: Challenging
    Price: $4.45

    10 familiar tunes of the season arranged in a variety of jazz styles, with most around 3 minutes duration ("Jingled Bells", "A Fat Man on the Roof", etc.). Good December gig music. Available from Kjos Music Company (General Words and Music, GP340).
  • Jazzbag (1980)
    Instruments: Piano
    Duration: short pieces
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Price: $4.45

    22 short pieces intended as an introduction to a variety of jazz and related styles for the intermediate piano student. Introductory pages include interpretive suggestions. Available from Kjos Music Company (General Words and Music, GP342).
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