Transcribed jazz trombone solos

Transcribed jazz trombone solos

There is a lot of good music out there that has already been played! As a jazz player, you can take advantage of that and learn from the masters. Transcribing jazz trombone players is a good place to start.

Transcribing solos played on your own instrument is smart, even if there might be some technical challenges, you know that it is playable on the instrument. Many times, you will find that what sounds really hip or challenging, is quite logical on the instrument it is played on.

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

Trombone jazz etudes based on famous jazz standards

If you want to play trombone jazz solos, I have written a lot of them based on famous jazz standards. They all start easy and the difficulty gradually builds up for each chorus. If you signed up for my newsletter, you already got one of them based on Sonny Rollin’s Doxy. There are over 100 pages of jazz solos in the member’s section of this site, and more are added regularly. You will find all the solos from my best-selling book “10 Jazz Etudes For Trombone” plus many more. Here is a list of some of the tunes you will be soloing over:

  • Summertime
  • All The Things You Are
  • Stella By Starlight
  • Blues in Bb
  • Body And Soul
  • Rhythm Changes
  • Take The A Train
  • Cherokee
  • Doxy
  • Have You Met Miss Jones
  • On Green Dolphin Street
  • All Of Me
  • How Insensitive
  • Donna Lee
  • Misty
  • Night And Day
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • Killer Joe
  • Take Five

Every note in each solo is there for a reason, and they are written especially for a very special instrument – your trombone! Start your free trial now and you’ll find all the solos in the Jazz etudes section.

Transcribe yourself

Yes, ready-to-go sheet music with trombone solos is great, and I use both my own jazz etudes and other transcribed solos frequently, both when I practice myself and with my students. But the real learning is gained when you transcribe solos yourself. That lets you get under the skin of the player, and you will gain a deeper understanding of the melodic lines when you have to figure them out on your own. It is probably the best ear-training out there for a jazz musician, and I strongly recommend you get started right away. Don’t just go for the notes. Listen carefully to the phrasing, dynamics, and tone of the trombonist you are transcribing.

Start your free trial now and get access to all the jazz solos and jazz etudes for trombone right away – plus more than 2.000 pages of trombone sheet music.



Don’t borrow – steal

Like Pablo Picasso said “good artists borrow, great artists steal”. I encourage you to do so too. Find phrases and patterns in the solos you transcribe and give them some extra attention. Analyze why that phrase got to you, play it in different keys and find spots in other songs where it can be played too. This is a great way to build up your jazz vocabulary, and once you played a phrase enough times, you will start thinking that it was your own all the time, and it will be incorporated into your solo playing. Believe me, I know that to be true ?  So start stealing. Fun fact: in the above-mentioned jazz etudes, you’ll find tons of my preferred jazz phrases, stuff I play all the time when I improvise. You are welcome to steal all the phrases you like and put them to (better) use. Lots of the phrases were probably stolen by me, but I like to believe I came up with all of it myself…

Solos by trombone masters

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. Laziness is good, especially if it means grabbing your horn within a few seconds.

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
Steve Turre: Chairman of the Board
Andy Martin: Get Happy
Wycliffe Gordon: Jolly Jume Jumey

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!

Sax solos

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

Do you have trombone solo transcriptions that you want to share? Send me an email!


  1. william 13 years ago

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

  2. king2b 13 years ago

    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!


  3. Sergey 12 years ago

    where is it possible to listen to the original versions?

  4. Anders 12 years ago

    Hi Sergey!

    Try searching for the songs on spottily – they might have the right versions!

  5. Rob Egerton 12 years ago

    Hi there. Congratulations on a great site! On the subject of jazz trombone transcriptions, I have uploaded nearly 50 of my own to my YouTube channel:

    Please go and have a look and tell me what you think. All the very best!

  6. ERIC WIK 11 years ago





  7. Anders 11 years ago

    Eric, thanks for the kind words! I hope you find something you can use on the site!


  8. Matthew Johnson, M.D. 11 years ago

    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

  9. Anders 11 years ago

    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!

  10. Gaby 11 years ago

    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!

  11. Anders 11 years ago

    Hi Gaby!

    Nice to hear from you! If you are into improvising, I can recommend these two posts (among others):

  12. Kali Barton 8 years ago

    Thank you for posting the transcriptions, I’m in the process of learning to improvise at the moment so the timing couldn’t be better. I’m afraid I’m rather attached to the little black dots and feel lost when faced with chord progressions.

  13. Nick Viola 8 years ago

    Your site is EXCELLENT
    Thanks a million.
    Have a good, pleasant holiday.

  14. Anders Larson 8 years ago

    Thanks Nick 🙂 Comments like yours keep me going!

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