Jazz Fake Books

The Ultimate Jazz Fake Book

This must-own collection includes more than 625 songs spanning all jazz styles from more than 9 decades - from traditional to swing to modern jazz, carefully chosen chords with common practice chord substitutions, lyrics to accomodate vocalists, easy-to-read music, and composer and performer indexes.Songs Include:

Maple Leaf Rag · Basin Street Blues · A Night in Tunisia · Lullaby of Birdland · The Girl from Ipanema · Bag's Groove · I Can't Get Started · All the Things You Are · Angel Eyes · Blue and Sentimental · Bluesette · But Beautiful · Comes Love · Django · Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me · Harlem Nocturne · Here's That Rainy Day · I'll Remember April · Lazy Afternoon · Little Girl Blue ... and many more!

Hal Leonard, $45,  ISBN-13: 9780881889796, 635 songs, 448pp, Jan '91

The Hal Leonard Real Jazz Book

A unique collection of real jazz material in a wide range of styles, with no song duplication from The Ultimate Jazz Fake Book. Includes all jazz styles; a great deal of original material associated with major artists; a significant number of songs that have never been published; lyrics for all selections; easy-to-read music typography.

Over 500 songs, including: Agua de Beber · Aisha · Aja · Alfie · Alice in Wonderland · Anthropology · April in Paris · Autumn in New York · Bark for Barksdale · Besame Mucho · Black Coffee · Blues for Alice · Brazil · Cannonball · Caravan · Cast Your Fate to the Wind · Change of Season · Don't Worry 'Bout Me · Epistrophy · Feels So Good · Filthy McNasty · 500 Miles High · (Meet) The Flintstones · Georgia on My Mind · Giant Steps · Girl Talk · How Deep the Ocean · I Mean You · I've Got the World on a String · In a Sentimental Mood · Isn't It Romantic? · Isreal · Kogun · Lady Bird · Lament · Maiden Voyage · Makin' Whoopee! · Manteca · Morning Dance · My Attorney Bernie · My Old Flame · Norwegian Wood · The Rainbow Connection · The Shadow of YourSmile · Sippin' at Bells · Some Skunk Funk · Sophisticated Lady · Star Dust · Stella by Starlight · This Masquerade · The Very Thought of You · Wave · When Sunny Gets Blue · Windows · Woodyn' You · and many more!

Hal Leonard, $42, ISBN-13: 9780793562305, 528 Songs, 384pp, Mar '98

Just Jazz Real Book

From classic jazz standards to bebop, cool, and modern jazz, the Just Jazz Real Book contains 250 jazz classics that are the core required repertoire for jazz musicians all over the world. Production teams in both the U.S. and the U.K. took great care to ensure the accuracy and usability of each arrangement, and original composer sources were consulted to ensure that the arrangements remained true to the composers' intentions. Each book in the series is extensively cross-referenced with a complete composer index, discography of suggested recorded versions for each song, a section on how to play from a fakebook, chord theory reference pages, chord voicings, and a section on how to create interesting chord substitutions. Comb bound, approx. 400 pages.

Alfred Publishing, $39.95,  ISBN-13: 9780757901683, 250 songs, 388pp, May '01

Real Jazz Standards Fake Book

A magnificent compilation of over 240 standards of jazz repertoire in easy-to-read authentic hand-written jazz engravings. This unique collection also features not only the original harmony, but also an alternate harmonization reflecting common practice by many jazz artists, so players can choose to use the traditional version, a hipper version, or a combination of the two!

Songs include: Ain't Misbehavin' · Angel Eyes · Bein' Green · Blue Skies · Brazil · Cherokee (Indian Love Song) · Crazy He Calls Me · Darn That Dream · Desafinado (Off Key) · Early Autumn · Easy Living · Fever · For Every Man There's a Woman · Girl Talk · Good Morning Heartache · Here's That Rainy Day · How Little We Know · I Can't Give You Anything but Love · I Didn't Know What Time It Was · I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good · I Remember You · I'll Be Around · I'm Beginning to See the Light · I've Heard That Song Before · Imagination · It Could Happen to You · It's Easy to Remember · June in January · Lazy Afternoon · Midnight Sun · My Blue Heaven · My One and Only Love · Mood Indigo · Moonglow · One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) · Satin Doll · Sophisticated Lady · Star Dust · Tenderly · When Sunny Gets Blue · and more.

Hal Leonard, $42.50, ISBN-13: 9780634030451, 246 songs, 560pp, Dec '01

The Best of Sher Music Co. Real Books

Now finally there's a collection of some of the best-known songs from Sher Music Co. world-famous fake books! Over a hundred completely accurate charts of essential tunes in the jazz canon—invaluable for gigs, rehearsals or jam sessions. Includes classic tunes by Miles, Trane, Bird, Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk and many more!

Standards & Bossas: Angel Eyes · Born To Be Blue · Day By Day · It’s The Talk Of The Town · Look To The Sky · The Masquerade Is Over · The Midnight Sun · Moonlight In Vermont · Nature Boy · Satin Doll · Wave and more. Bebop & Classic Jazz: Bag's Groove · Bebop Lives · Blues for Alice · Django · Impressions · Monk's Mood · Ornithology · Stablemates · Teaneck · Waltz For Debby and more... Contemporary Jazz: Birdland · Broken Wing · Frest Flower · Little Sunflower · Pools · Quite Now · Sail Away · Sugar · This Masquerade and more...

Sher Music, $26, ISBN-13: 9781883217570, 104 songs, 200pp, Oct. '08

The Real Easy Book, Vol. 1

Get yourself---or your beginning jazz combo --- sounding good right away with the first fake book ever designed for the beginning improviser. It contains over 40 simple, but classic, jazz tunes by Miles, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, etc. Each song is on a left-hand page, and all the information that a band director would have to write out for his/her students is on the corresponding right-hand page - sample piano voicings, bass lines, guitar diagrams, scales for soloing, etc. Saves the teacher countless hours of prep work!

Sher Music, $19, ISBN-13: 9781883217150, 41 songs, 87pp, Nov '05

The Real Easy Book, Vol. 2

For intermediate improvisers. Same format as Volume 1 - songs on the left-hand page, all the information that a band director would have to write out for his/her students on the corresponding right-hand page. The material is all playable by a typical high school jazz combo, but the tunes are more challenging than Volume 1. Still saves the teacher countless hours of prep work, and is a great fake book, even without the educational material!

Sher Music, $29, ISBN-13: 9781883217167, 102 songs, 250pp, Jun '05

The New Real Book

The only legal, corrected and updated version of the original Real Book.   All living composers have approved these charts; many of them are from the composer's own lead sheets.  Charts for the standards were derived from a consensus of the best recorded jazz versions. The new standard in fake books!

Always There * Ana Maria * Angel Eyes * Autumn Leaves * Beautiful Love * Basin St. Blues * Black Ice * Black Narcissus * Blame It On My Youth * Blue Bossa * Blue Daniel * Blues On The Corner * Boogie Down * Both Sides Of The Coin * Bouncin' With Bud * Breakin' Away * But Beautiful * Darn That Dream * Delevans * Desafinado * Dindi * Don't Go To Strangers * Easy * Eighty One * Everything Happens To Me * Fall * Fire * Footprints * Four * Four On Six * Friends And Strangers * Gloria's Step * Going' Home * Gone With The Wind * Good Morning Heartache * Hallucinations * Haunted Ballroom * Havona * Here's That Rainy Day * I Mean You * I Should Care * I Thought About You * Let's Go Dancin' * Little Sunflower * Long Ago And Far Away * Love Dance * Matinee Idol * Mercy Mercy Mercy * Misty * Modadji * Monk's Mood * Moonlight In Vermont * Mornin' * Morning Dance * Mr. Gone * My Romance * My Shining Hour * Nature Boy * Nefertiti * Not Ethiopia * Nothing Personal * Oleo * Once I Loved * Pent Up House * Plaza Real * Polkadots And Moonbeams * Portrait Of Tracy * Put it Where You Want It * Reincarnation Of A Lovebird * Rio * River People * Ruby My Dear * Rush Hour * Safari * Search For Peace * Self Portrait * Shaker Song * Solar * Song For Lorraine * Speak Low * Speak No Evil * St. Thomas * Stormy Weather * Street Life * Take The "A" Train * Tenderly * The Island * These Foolish Things * This Masquerade * 3 Marias * Three Views Of A Secret * Turn Your Love Around * Unit 7 * Up Jumped Spring * Velas * Very Early * Waltz For Debby * Wave * We'll Be Together Again * West Coast Blues * Willow Weep For Me ... and many more.

Sher Music, $42, ISBN-13: 9780961470142, 267 songs, 438pp, Jun '05

The New Real Book, Vol. 2

More great tunes in the world-class New Real Book format. Along with many standard tunes, Volume 2 features over a dozen each of the best tunes by Chick Corea, John Coltrane and Horace Silver. Like all Sher Music fake books, it features composer-approved transcriptions, easy-to-read calligraphy, and many extras (sample bass lines, chord voicings, drum appendix, etc.) not found in conventional fake books.

Jazz Classics: John Coltrane - Giant Steps · Impressions · Naima; Horace Silver - Senor Blues · Song For My Father · Ecaroh; Bill Evans - Time Remembered · Turn Out The Stars · Peri's Scope; Wayne Shorter - Beauty And The Beast · Night Dreamer · Mahjong; Benny Golson- Killer Joe · Along Came Betty · Stablemates, many more. Standards: Memories Of You · Let's Fall In Love · She's The Talk Of The Town · After You've Gone · Body And Soul · Day By Day · Fly Me To The Moon · III Wind · Lullaby Of The Leaves · My Ship · Bye Bye Blackbird · I'll Be Around · Get Happy · Sweet And Lovely · More Than You Know · Ain't Misbehavin' · The Boy Next Door · Exactly Like You · Honeysuckle Rose · I'm Glad There Is You · Manha De Carneval · Once In A While · Harlem Nocturne · I Hadn't Anyone Til You · What A Difference A Day Made

Sher Music, $42.00, ISBN-13: 978-0961470173, 225 songs, 408pp, Jun '05

The New Real Book, Vol. 3

The only legal, corrected and updated version of the original Real Book. All living composers have approved these charts; many of them are from the composer's own lead sheets.  Charts for the standards were derived from a consensus of the best recorded jazz versions.   Created by musicians, for musicians.

Motown & Pop Classics: Part-Time Love · Bird Of Beauty · Creepin' · That Girl · Too High · What's Going On? · I Heard It Through The Grapevine· How Sweet It Is · Knock On Wood · Hold On, I'm Coming · What's Love Got To Do With It · Respect & Dancing In The Street · Heat Wave; Choice Standards: Gentle Rain · Caravan · You Must Believe In Spring · I Fall In Love Too Easily · I Hear A Rhapsody · If You Could See Me Now · Prelude To A Kiss · Invitation and many more.

Sher Music, $42.00, ISBN-13: 9781883217037, 210 songs,  436pp, Jun '95

World's Greatest Fake Book

Sher Music's first fake book was designed to include all the best original jazz compositions not included in the old, illegal Real Book. Composers include Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Russ Ferrante, John Scofield, and many more. Like all Sher Music fake books, it features composer-approved transcriptions, easy-to-read calligraphy, and many extras (sample bass lines, chord voicings, drum appendix, etc.) not found in conventional fake books.

Chick Corea - Tones for Joan's Bones · Humpty Dumpty · Sicily · Samba Song, etc; Herbie Hancock - Tell Me A Bedtime Story · Little One, etc.; Yellowjackets - Monmouth College Fight Song · Man In The Moon;Weather Report - A Remark You Made · Birdland, Young & Fine, etc; ...many more.

Sher Music, $40, ISBN-13: 9780961470111, 484 Songs, 484pp, Nov '93

The European Real Book

Sher Music Co. proudly presents The European Real Book with over 430 pages of tunes by Europe's greatest jazz composers, including Michel Petrucciani, George Shearing, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Bill Bruford, Tommy Smith, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Barbara Dennerlein, Claus Ogerman, Nguyen Le, Kenny Wheeler, Django Reinhardt, Enrico Pieranunzi, Tim Garland, Joe Zawinul and 100 others. Publisher Chuck Sher comments, "For sheer beauty, this is the single greatest fake book I have ever published. And the people you have never heard of are the most amazing ones in the book!" The European Real Book has all the features musicians have come to expect from Sher Music's world-class books: 100% accurate composer-approved charts, easy-to-read manuscript, great tune selection, and many extra features like sample bass lines, chord voicings, rhythm section hits, harmony parts, an extensive drum appendix, etc. Streaming MP3 files of over two-thirds of the tunes are online at www.shermusic.com so musicians can hear the songs for themselves! Jazz educator Mark Levine says, "At last! The New Real Book goes global with the hippest jazz tunes from Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome, Warsaw, Amsterdam..."

Sher Music Co., $40, ISBN-13: 9781883217242, 174 songs, 423pp, Nov '05

The All-Jazz Real Book

The only fake book that includes a free CD, featuring many of the melodies played by saxophone great Bob Sheppard and Friends. All original compositions by the best jazz writers: Chick Corea, Coltrane, Horace Silver, Michael Brecker, Miles, John Scofield, etc. Like all Sher Music fake books, it features composer-approved transcriptions, easy-to-read calligraphy, and many extras (sample bass lines, chord voicings, drum appendix, etc.) not found in conventional fake books.

Sher Music, $44, ISBN-13: 978-1883217341, 204 songs, 550pp, Jun '05


Miles Davis Real Book

Miles Davis gave the jazz world innumerable musical innovations and his supporting musicians provided a virtual who's who of the modern jazz era. The Miles Davis Real Book contains highly accurate, easy-to-read, musician-friendly lead sheets for nearly 60 of his most famous original compositions, including:

All Blues · Bitches Brew · Blue in Green · Boplicity (Be Bop Lives) · Budo · Eighty One · Flamenco Sketches · Four · Freddie Freeloader · Half Nelson · Miles · Milestones · Nardis · The Serpent's Tooth · Seven Steps to Heaven · Sippin' at Bells · So What · Solar · Somethin' Else · Theme · Tune Up · Vierd Blues · and dozens more top tunes.

Hal Leonard, $19.95, ISBN-13: 9780634005046, 57 songs, 96pp Jan '03

Bill Evans Fake Book

Over 60 original compositions transcribed and edited by Pascal Wetzel. Leadsheets generally follow the latest recording to show the evolution of the tune and maturation of the artist. Counterlines, codas, chord extensions and chord changes for improvisation are included. Added features are lyric versions of 10 tunes, 3 essays about Bill Evans' life and music, photographs, and discography. Includes:

Fudgesickle Built for Four · Interplay · Laurie · My Bells · Orbit · Song for Helen · Time Remembered · Turn Out the Stars · Very Early · Waltz for Debby · and more.

Hal Leonard, $27.50, ISBN-13: 9780634023897, 60 songs, 102pp, Mar '00

Thelonious Monk Fake Book

The music of Thelonious Monk is among the most requested of any jazz composer, but accurate lead sheets and sources have never been widely available - until now. This folio has 70 of the master composer/pianist's most familiar pieces, as well as a number of obscure and unrecorded tunes, in easy-to-read versions. Includes counterlines and ensemble parts for many pieces, as well as bass-lines and piano voicings where applicable. Also includes a biography, a glossary, and a definitive discography of the compositions in the book.

Titles include: Ask Me Now · Bemsha Swing · Blue Monk · Blue Sphere · Boo Boo's Birthday · Bright Mississippi · Brilliant Corners · Bye-Ya · Crepuscule With Nellie · Criss Cross · 52nd Street Theme · Functional · Gallop's Gallop · Hackensack · I Mean You · In Walked Bud · Jackie-ing · Let's Cool One · Little Rootie Tootie · Misterioso · Monk's Mood · Nutty · Off Minor · Pannonica · Played Twice · Rhythm-a-ning · 'Round Midnight · Ruby, My Dear · Straight No Chaser · Thelonious · Well You Needn't · and 39 more.

Hal Leonard, $22.50, ISBN-13: 9780634039201, 70 songs, 96pp, Jan '02

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