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Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 5

8 Original Pieces for the Later Intermediate to Early Advanced Pianist

By Martha Mier

Customer Rating:   6 Reviews Write a Review


Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 5 (8 Original Pieces for the Later Intermediate to Early Advanced Pianist). Composed by Martha Mier. For Piano. Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Jazz, Rags & Blues. Jazz. Early Advanced; Late Intermediate. Book. 24 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.32715).

ISBN 0739060511. Jazz.

Due to numerous piano teacher and student requests, Martha Mier has written Book 5 in her best-selling Jazz, Rags & Blues series. Titles: Blue Interlude * Hot Potato Rag * Jazz Finale * Memphis Blues * Opening Night Jazz * Persnickety Rag * River City Blues * Steamboat Jazz.

"This is a great way for students that aren’t keen on classical music to discover an appreciation for the timeless melodies."
-Jean Ritter, Progressions

"Hot Potato Rag," "Persnickety Rag," and "River City Blues" are Federation Festivals 2014-2016 selections.
List/syllabus: Federation Festivals 2014-2016.

About Jazz, Rags & Blues

Jazz, Rags & Blues, Books 1 through 5 contain original solos for late elementary to early advanced-level pianists that reflect the various styles of the jazz idiom. An excellent way to introduce your students to this distinctive American contribution to 20th century music.

  • Blue Interlude 
  • Hot Potato Rag 
  • Jazz Finale 
  • Memphis Blues 
  • Opening Night Jazz 
  • Persnickety Rag 
  • River City Blues 
  • Steamboat Jazz 

Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 5

8 Original Pieces for the Later Intermediate to Early Advanced Pianist

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  • 5

    Brisbane, Australia
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  • November 05, 2014 Jazz for the intermediate player

    I find these pieces challenging but still satisfying to play. (Highest level I reached in classical piano playing was Grade VI but that was many years ago!). I have played some of Martha Mier's piano duets and always find her work interesting.

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  • 5

    Southgate, Australia
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  • November 26, 2013 Smile smile and smile

    After enjoying book 3 but finding the pieces very easy I found book 5 right up my alley. Apart from the huge notes and therefore lots of page turning the pieces are varied, musical, toe tapping and great for performing. To anyone wanting to branch out from classical this book...

    is a must. If you love Martha Mier try Christopher Norton for something different, challenging and lots of delight.

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  • 5

    Chicago, Ill
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  • November 27, 2011 Jazz, Rags & Blues-book 5

    Bought these for my students to get away from the standard classical style of playing. The 8 songs in this book have different style rhythms from blues,Jazz, and Ragtime. This book 5 has some very good syncopated rhythms, plus I have the students also add some improv. or change...

    the note durations along with what is written to make the songs sound more lively. Songs in this series are pretty good as written. The Book 5 is easy to read and well organized. Songs are 1 or 2 pages in length. The songs are a series to get into pop/blues/Rag to learn basic syncopated rhythms. Book 5 is for the late intermediate student throughout the book. All 5 Levels of this series are pretty good learning books. Variety of Blues, Jazz,and Ragtime songs from easy to the intermediate/advanced playing student. All the songs have very interesting styles to them. hope this helps. pianomanDT

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  • 5

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  • May 20, 2011 Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 5

    Excellent! There are not too many intermediate jazz books--most are either easy or too hard. This book contains interesting and playable jazz pieces for the intermediate to advanced student.

    26 of 50 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    North Carolina
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  • June 03, 2009 Another fun Mier book.

    I agree with Great. If you like Martha Mier's compositions, you won't be disappointed with her latest jazz book. A few of the pieces are somewhat trickier to play than those in her previous books.

    29 of 60 people found this review helpful.
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