Transcribed jazz trombone solos

There is a lot of good music out there that has already been played! As a jazz player, you can of course take advantage of that and learn from the masters. Of course, transcribing jazz trombone players is a good place to start. There are many great players and even more great solos to dig in to! Transcribing solos played on your own instrument is smart, even if there might be some technically challenges, you know that it is playable on the instrument. Many times, you will find that what sounds really hip or hard, actually is quite logical on that specific instrument.

If you are new to the world of transcribing jazz solos, I suggest that you start with an articulate artist such as J.J. Johnson or Curtis Fuller. Both their melodies, phrasing and rhythmical patterns are quite clear, making it easier for you to catch.

If you, like me, tend to be a little bit lazy once in a while, I have dusted off the Internet and found some great solo transcriptions out there for you. They are all free of charge and ready to be printed!

Here are some samples of what is out out there:

J.J. Johnson: Boneology
J.J Johnson: I Love You
J.J Johnson & Al Grey: Let Me See
Frank Rosolino: Let’s Make It
Frank Rosolino: Cherry
Curtis Fuller: That’s Alright With Me
Curtis Fuller: Mode for Joe



    Carl Fontana: Showcase
    Carl Fontana: Polka Dots And Moonbeams
    Carl Fontana: A Beautiful Friendshi
    Carl Fontana: Soon
    Carl Fontana: The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
    Steve Turre: Chairman of the Board
    Andy Martin: Get Happy
    Andy Martin: Emily
    Wycliffe Gordon: Jolly Jume Jumey
    Hugh Fraser: The Message

    Thanks to Nick Lariviere, Dave Wilken and Al Kay for sharing the solo transcriptions!

    TRUMPET SOLOS
    If you are interested in transcribed trumpet solos, there is a whole lot of them to be found here!

    SAXOPHONE SOLOS
    Kelly Bucheger has a bunch of great saxophone solos available at his site. Find out how great Coltrane and Dexter Gordon would had sounded if they where trombone players!

    if you have more resources with solo transcriptions that you want to share, send me an email and I will put up a link!

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      11 thoughts on “Transcribed jazz trombone solos

      1. muito bom o site, e é bom saber que podemos ter pessoas que postam materias ditaticos sem outras inteções, valeu …

      2. Thanks for the kind words, William (and thanks to google translate, not too good at portugese!)! Always nice to hear that you find the content useful!

        Cheers,
        Anders

      3. ANDERS,

        THANK YOU FOR THE FINE WEBSITE. I JUST HAPPENED TO RUN ACROSS IT WHEN SEARCHING FOR THE AUDIO OF ‘EMILY.’

        I’M SURE THIS IS OF GREAT BENEFIT TO MANY BRASS PLAYERS. THANKS AGAIN.

        ERIC WIK

      4. Excellent work on the CF solo for Soon. I was very close to Carl. We were on the Paul Anka band in the late 70s.

        The most natural Trombone player ever.Also the laziest !! As Buddy Rich was to the drums, Carl was to the Trombone. the big difference ??? CF was a real sweetheart. I called him my Trombone Dad. Watrous calls him The Godfather of Bebop Trombone. I agree wholeheartedly !!

        For those who haven’t heard this track, it is on Carl Fontana ” the Fifties” . Uptown Records, Flashback Series.

        Matthew Johnson
        Lsas Vegas, NV

      5. Hi Matthew!

        Thanks for your comment, really inspiring to hear about your personal relationship with Carl, wish I had been there, but unfortunately I still wore diapers in the late 70s… :-) Feel free to share more of your trombone stories here on digitaltrombone anytime!

      6. Anders,
        Thank you so much for the website! I’m 1st trombone at my high school and I really want to work on my soloing and your website seems so helpful!

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