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Jazz Performer -- Christmas

Standards for Advanced Solo Piano

By Paul Johnston

Piano - Early Advanced
Standards for Advanced Solo Piano. Composed by Paul Johnston. Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Jazz Performer Series. Christmas; Jazz; Sacred; Secular; Winter. Book. 40 pages. Alfred Music #00-38594. Published by Alfred Music (AP.38594).

Item Number: AP.38594

ISBN 9780739082898. English.

This collection contains favorite music of the Christmas season, with fresh, jazzy arrangements. Each piece contains a written-out solo section, so even musicians unfamiliar with playing jazz can sound as if they're improvising a solo. Titles: Angels We Have Heard on High * Away in a Manger * Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella * Deck the Halls * God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen * It Came Upon the Midnight Clear * Jingle Bells * Joy to the World * Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming * Silent Night.
. . . after playing through this book, I feel I have taken a crash course on improvisation! Every piece in the book contains a written-out improvisation solo, so even if you are not a jazz musician, you can 'fake' it by just learning the notes as written! The amazing thing is, after a while, you cannot help but experiment with your own improvisations!
--Yiyi Ku, Music Teachers Helper Blog.

  • Angels We Have Heard On High 
  • Away In A Manger 
  • Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella 
  • Deck the Halls 
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen 
  • It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 
  • Jingle Bells  
  • Joy To The World 
  • Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming 
  • Silent Night 

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  • 5

    Phoenix, AZ
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  • December 18, 2012 Christmas music at its best

    I purchased this book of Christmas music arrangements for my teenage son who loves jazz. He's been playing piano for 7+ years and says they are good for intermediate to advanced players. Each song is a wonderful adaptation of popular Christmas songs; they are real toe-tappers. Every song...

    has a written-out solo section which sounds like improv. They are very appealing professional compositions and could easily be played at parties and special holiday functions.

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  • 5

    Tammy W
    Williamsburg, IN
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  • January 16, 2012 Jazz Performer -- Christmas

    I was thrilled when I started playing the arrangements in this book. I am a huge fan of jazz, and this was exactly what I was looking for in Christmas arrangements. Paul Johnston's style provided me with very unique and lovely selections that I have already used in my...

    church services.

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    11 of 19 people found this review helpful.
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