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Jazz Horn

Horn in JazzWikipedia article

The Jazz Horn – This site is a labor of love by Harlan Feinstein, and lists in concise horn just about everyone who’s anyone in the jazz horn world, plus a good jazz horn discography (although it’s pretty lean on Arkady Shilkloper’s work as well as other European jazz hornists). Not many links, but a lot of information in list form.

“Recent Listening: Jeffrey Snedeker’s French Horn” – article by Doug Ramsey

“A One-Night French Horn Festival” – New York Times article by Peter Watrous about Tom Varner’s Julius Watkins horn festival.

Jazz Horn Basics – podcast excerpts from Jazz Clinic – Starting at Ground Zero by Jeffrey Snedeker presented at the IHS 2008 Symposium in Denver. Link given for handouts. Completely recordings can be ordered from www.ihs40.com.
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Introduction to Improvisation – free online course in the basics of jazz improvisation taught by Gary Burton. Part of Coursera (college courses for free)

See Dave the Rave’s List of “Jazz French Horn Recordings” on Amazon.com – 26 recordings listed.

AB+ (Alex Brofsky)

David Amram

Vincent Chancey

John Clark

Richard Dunbar

John Graas; also check out the detailed article on him in the Encyclopedia Dubuque; also “John Graas: Complete ‘50s Sessions” article by Marc Myers.

Giovanni Hoffer

Claudio Pontiggia

Jim Rattigan

Willie Ruff

Arkady Shilkloper

Mike Simpson

Mark Taylor

Rick Todd

Adam Unsworth

Tom Varner

Julius Watkins

Online Jazz Lessons [Jazz Everyone] – first lesson free; full membership is $15 per month (access to everything)

Dissertations – Jazz Horn
Bridewell-Briner, Kathryn E. “Chasing the Changes: A Survey of Selected Resources for Classical Horn Players interested in Jazz, Including Transcriptions of three songs as performed by Wille Ruff.” M.A. thesis, Florida Atlantic University, 2006. ProQuest #AAT 1432660

Hart, Leslie, Improvisation in the Collegiate Horn Studio, DMA, Eastman School of Music, 2011, 201 p.

Ormsby, Verle Alvin, Jr. “John Jacob Graas, Jr.: Jazz Horn Performer, Jazz Composer, and Arranger.” D.A. thesis, Ball State University, 1988.  UMI# 89-14102.

Salisbury, Linda, “Twelve Jazz Standards and Improvisations Transcribed and Adapted for Horn, DMA, University of North Texas, 259 p.

Smith, Patrick Gregory. “Julius Watkins and the evolution of the jazz French horn genre.” Ph.D. diss., University of Florida, 2005. ProQuest #AAT 3204487.

Schaughency, Steven. “The Original Jazz Compositions of Julius Watkins.” D.A. diss., University of Northern Colorado, 1994.

Jazz Practice Loops – If you don’t have Band in a Box to practice chord progressions, this site provides a quick, dirty, and free alternative. It includes reference information on a wide variety of topics (basic theory, major and minor scale harmony, symmetric scales, derived scales, improvisation, playing clanges, modal improvisaiton, chromaticism, nontonal improv, and free improv), and features a variety of practice loops (piano, bass, and drums supplying a rhythm section accompaniment) in 2-5-1 progressions, major and minor blues, modal tunes, major and minor scales, and chord changes to standard tunes. BiaB is more comprehensive, but for free instant accompaniment from the www, it’s hard to beat this site.

Wondering where to find that tune requested at your last wedding gig? Check out the Fake Book Index – a list of legal fake books.

Ken’s Jazz Lounge – playalong CD accompaniments by Ken Wiley of 12 jazz standards, made expressly for the horn.

World of Jazz Improvisation – Articles from the jazz improv course of Joan Wildman.

Jazz Café – jazz charts by jazz hornists John Clark, Tom Varner, Vincent Chancey, Rick Todd, Tom Bacon.

Give It One – CD: The London Horn Sound goes Big Band


Bebop Major Scale Demo


Adam Unsworth Ensemble



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