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Jamey Aebersold Books Have Arrived!

Jamey Aebersold books have arrived at the Max Chambers Library. The first volume was published in 1967; now, nearly fifty years later, there are over 130 volumes. His play-along series is one of, if not the most recognized series of jazz play-alongs.

Aebersold is known internationally as a saxophonist and as an “authority on jazz education.” He was born in New Albany, Indiana on July 21, 1939. In 1962, he graduated with a Master-level degree in saxophone from the University of Indiana; thirty years later, Indiana awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Music. In 1989, Mr. Aebersold was inducted into the International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame; past inductees include Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Charlie Parker. In 2014, he became a recipient of the National Endowments for the Arts-Jazz Master award, the “nation’s highest honor in jazz.”

Of the 133 volumes published in the series, we’ve received six (6):

In addition, we have received the piano transcriptions of each volume. All volumes (except for the piano transcriptions) include a CD for play-along, but must be checked out separately in addition to the book. All will be housed in the Multimedia department of the library.

For more about Jamey Aebersold and his products, visit http://jazzbooks.com/

New Piano in Multimedia

The Multimedia Center is excited to announce the addition of a digital piano to the library.  It is located near the video collection on the 4th floor.

The School of Music has generously provided this digital piano, a Clavinova, for students to use in the library.  While enrolled piano students will have priority access, it is available to anyone.  Some examples:

  • Try out a score before you check it out
  • Blow off some steam during a quick study break
  • Practice your chord progressions for Jazz Theory class
  • Test compositional ideas
  • Stop by and play for fun

Headphones are required.  You can check out a set from the Multimedia desk.

The Piano Guys

Have you seen The Piano Guys?  If you haven’t, you should.  If you don’t really listen to classical music, these guys take popular songs and make instrumental versions that definitely don’t sound like the “elevator music” of yesteryear.  Check out Me and My Cello – Happy Together.  And if it hurts you to watch a cello go skydiving, just hang in there, because no cellos were harmed in the making of the video (except maybe where cello gains weight at the all-you-can-eat buffet and becomes a bass).

If you are a classical music enthusiast, you’ll appreciate that these guys take a perfectly good piece of music and ramp it up.  Like Rockelbel’s Canon – the answer to every cellist’s nightmare.  If you aren’t a classical music enthusiast, this may change your mind.

And if you’re wondering where is the piano in all this, check out Code Name Vivaldi.  Jason Bourne time travels back in time to Vienna in 1725.  Ever seen a glass piano on a freight train?  Wonder why?  No?  Just sit back and enjoy it.

The Piano Guys have a YouTube channel, a Facebook page, and an official website where you can see their performance schedule and buy downloads, sheet music, and other merchandise.  And they’ve just announced their new CD will be released in October and distributed by Sony Masterworks, so you’ll be hearing more about them very soon.