Books & Play-A-Longs

Bill Evans 19 Arrangements For Solo Piano by Andy LaVerne

This exceptional songbook presents Bill Evans' most beloved melodies and songs arranged by noted jazz pianist/educator Andy LaVerne, himself a student of Evans. Titles include: Adagio In Pearl (Bill's Hit Tune), Children's Play Song, In April (For Nenette), Laurie, Letter To Evan, My Bells, One For Helen, Only Child, Orbit, Peace Piece, Peri's Scope, Re: Person I Knew, Show-Type Tune (Tune For A Lyric), Time Remembered, Turn Out The Stars, Very Early, Walkin' Up, Waltz For Debby, Your Story. Features a reminiscence by LaVerne, with performance notes on his adaptations.
Handbook of Chord Substitutions
A guide to creating your own special chord substitutions when playing any tune! Includes "regular" and "enhanced" 2-hand piano arrangements of standards. See a tune go from good to great! Arranged for piano but all instrumentalists can benefit from the substitution concepts presented. Andy LaVerne, one of our best young jazz pianists, has written down all the tricks and techniques he uses to make his playing so personal and special. There are dozens upon dozens of examples so you can study and try each device yourself. PLUS over 30 FULL ARRANGEMENTS by Andy - 3 versions each of some of the great all-time standards so you can see exactly how he applies what he has taught you!
Repertoire: Cherokee, Darn That Dream, Exactly Like You, (Back Home Again In) Indiana, Moonglow, My Melancholy Baby, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, Picnic, Solitude, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away), Blue Cycle, Sabra

Tons of Runs
Jazz pianist Andy LaVerne is celebrated for his interesting sense of harmony and sophisticated style. He wrote the book on chord substitutions, and whether performing as Stan Getz's pianist, or in recordings with Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Frank Sinatra and others, Andy's professionalism and fascinating variations on the standards have truly set him apart. And one of Andy's favorite subjects is keyboard runs—the streams of notes jazz artists use to glide across the keyboard with interesting melodic touches and chord colors. As a teacher and workshop leader, Andy LaVerne has helped thousands of students become better at performing them. Now, he has written out hundreds of runs he likes to use when improvising with the world's greatest contemporary musicians, just for you! If you want to invest your playing with modern, up-to-the-minute sounds like those used by Andy LaVerne, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, John Abercrombie and the cutting-edge musicians of tomorrow, this book will be invaluable! These runs are shown with the chords and chord progressions that make them work best—on seventh chords, on diminished chords, on minor chords, on altered chords and more. Some are written to work with the most common chord progressions, and some are designed to fit just one chord. Some will work with almost any chord at all— and Andy tells you which ones! You’ll get each run in several keys, with chord applications and appropriate fingering tips. Practice them slowly for developing great jazz-style finger dexterity! Then, bring them up to speed so you can insert them into your own improvisations. You'll discover exactly how contemporary musicians get those great, unusual sounds. Every page is a learning experience! And you'll gain a whole new repertoire or runs, licks and fills—remarkable sounds and colors you never had before! TONS OF RUNS is a wide-ranging compendium of runs, licks, and lines found in the jazz vernacular, each written in three different keys, and presented in a straightforward style without ponderous analysis. This book contains useful phrases derived from chord tones, passing tones, resultant scales, and scale-tone chords that piano players can use right away as "vocabulary enhancers." These are the raw material and tools that piano players everywhere can use to polish their performance and improvisation skills, and even create new and more interesting ways to play the music they already know!

Secret of the Andes/Playalong
Intermediate/Advanced. Andy LaVerne has quickly emerged on the scene as a leading jazz pianist and composer. His chord substitution style has been widely admired and carefully studied. This set offers a unique sampling of his personal favorites for you to learn and enjoy.
Rhythm Section: Andy LaVerne (p); Rufus Reid (b); John Riley (d)
Includes: Subject To Change, Gone Forever, Bilbao, Anticipointment, A Loan To Gather, Secret Of The Andes, Process Of Illumination, Shania, Good Luck With Your Music, Portrait Of Dorian Mode, Walking On The Moon, There's No There There

Tunes You Thought You Knew
Intermediate/Advanced. The new millennium suggests a need for revamping great standards of the 20th century. Highly respected pianist, composer, and author Andy LaVerne has designed a set for such a purpose. Showcased are the musical and playable reharmonizations in a way musicians will find entertaining and enlightening. Some are tastefully subtle while others are surprisingly bold. Take these techniques and reharmonize your own tunes!
Rhythm Section: Andy LaVerne (p); Rufus Reid (b); Steve Davis (d)
Includes: Cantaloupe Island, Dream, I Hear A Rhapsody, Maiden Voyage, On Green Dolphin Street, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Watermelon Man, Yesterdays, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, Song For My Father, Stella By Starlight

Countdown to Giant Steps
Intermediate/Advanced. This could have been titled "Baby Steps to Giant Steps." Finally, there is a "steps" method of learning not only Giant Steps and Countdown, but also how to substitute those elusive chord changes for "standard" chord changes in well-known standards. The second CD breaks down the Giant Steps cycle into simple segments at comfortable tempos. Also included are several well-known standards with Giant Steps harmony substituted for the traditional harmony! The BEST way to learn Giant Steps harmony!
Rhythm Section: Andy LaVerne (p); John Patitucci (b); Steve Davis (d)
Includes: Countdown, Giant Steps, Satellite, 26-2, Body And Soul, Exotica, Central Park West, Fifth House, Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Step By Step, But Not For Me
Plus a second CD of 17 "primer" tracks!

Chick Corea Playalong
Ten favorites, including 500 Miles High, Bud Powell, Captain Marvel, Litha, Tones For Joans Bones, The Loop. Chick chose Andy to put this project together. Rhythm section is Andy LaVerne, John Patitucci and Steve Davis

Stolen Moments - Music of Oliver Nelson
Intermediate. 12 jazz favorites by the world renowned composer, arranger, and saxophone recording artist, Oliver Nelson. Includes one tune by Leonard Feather. A variety of feels and time signatures with a cooking rhythm section. This is the chance for everyone to discover and enjoy Oliver Nelson's brilliant melodic touch and harmonic sense.
Rhythm Section: Andy LaVerne (p); Lynn Seaton (b); Steve Davis (d)
Includes: Stolen Moments, Alto-it is, Elegy For A Duck, In Passing, Black, Brown & Beautiful, Latino, I Remember Bird, Patterns , Six And Four, The Meeting, Straight Ahead, Teenie' Blues

Holiday Classics
Intermediate. Great jazz musicians have long enjoyed playing and recording the great holiday classics. These songs have withstood the test of time and have gained widespread and timeless popularity for their ability to inspire a sense of warmth and nostalgia. Treat yourself to a priceless gift. Book includes lyrics.
Rhythm Section: Andy LaVerne (p); Lynn Seaton (b); Steve Davis (d)
Includes: We Three Kings, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Let It Snow, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Santa Claus Is Coming, Silent Night, Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Auld Lang Syne

Odd Times
Intermediate/Advanced. Featuring "Take Five!" Don't feel uncomfortable everytime someone calls a tune in an odd meter. At last, here is a thorough workout in odd time signatures, including 3/4, 5/4, 6/8, 11/4, and alternating time feels that will give you the confidence and proficiency to perform at your best. Make unusual time signatures feel as natural as 4/4.
Rhythm Section: Andy LaVerne (p); John Goldsby (b); John Riley (d)
Includes: First Step, Girl From Ipanema, Guido Rides Again, Latin Minor Blues, Major Scales, My Favorite Things, On Green Dolphin Street, Seven For Twelve, Shuffle Blues, Take Five

Soultrane - Music of Tadd Dameron
Intermediate/Advanced. Tadd Dameron was one of the first great arrangers and composers in the Bebop era, contributing to many small groups and big bands throughout his career. Presented here is a tribute to Tadd; a collection of his most often played compositions that capture the heart and soul of the bop/post-bop era.
Rhythm Section: Andy LaVerne (p); Rufus Reid (b); John Riley (d)
Includes: Ladybird, Good Bait, Soultrane, Super Jet, Hot House, Our Delight, Mating Call, You're A Joy, Tadd's Delight, On A Misty Night, The Scene Is Clean, If You Could See Me Now

The Music of Andy LaVerne
A Collection of LaVerne originals recorded on 17 of his SteepleChase CD's, Compiled and edited by the composer. Tunes from the following CD's:
Another World, For Us, Frozen Music, Fountainhead, Severe Clear, Standard Eyes, Nosmo King, Bill Evans...Person We Knew, Now It Can Be Played, Buy One Get One Free, Universal Mind, Too Grand, In The Mood For A Classic, Glass Ceiling, Tadd's Delight, Serenade To Silver
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PG Music Band In A Box Soloist Series
NEW! "Artist" Soloist Series: Andy LaVerne Pentatonics Jazz Soloist:
- In this Soloist, New York recording artist Andy LaVerne performs in a contemporary Jazz Style that features the Pentatonic approach to playing. The harmonic thinking and phrasing is modern - in the style of McCoy, ChickC and JoeH. Let Band-in-a-Box generate a solo for your tune or use it to study this exciting approach. For more information click here.
Please Note: Soloist Sets require Band-in-a-Box 2004 or greater.

NEW! "Artist" Soloist Series: Andy LaVerne Mainstream Jazz Soloist:
- This Soloist set is the first in the "Artist Soloist" series. These soloist databases in the Artist series are created and designed by the performers themselves! This set is designed by the great New York pianist Andy LaVerne in the Mainstream Jazz style. A veteran of groups like Woody Herman and Stan Getz, Andy has performed with all the greats in Jazz, and is featured regularly in Keyboard Magazine. For more information click here.
Please Note: Soloist Sets require Band-in-a-Box 2004 or greater.