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“Do You Know …?”: The Jazz Repertoire in Action

Robert R. Faulkner and Howard S. Becker


Every night, somewhere in the world, three or four musicians will climb on stage together. Whether the gig is at a jazz club, a bar, or a bar mitzvah, the performance never begins with a note, but with a question. The trumpet player might turn to the bassist and ask, “Do you ‘Body and Soul?’”—and from there the subtle craft of playing the jazz repertoire is tested in front of a live audience. This book presents the view from the bandstand, revealing the array of skills necessary for working musicians to do their jobs. While learning songs from sheet music or by ear helps, the jobbing musician' ... More

Keywords: jazz, jazz musicians, repertoire, musicians, improvisation, audience, performance, songs, jobbing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226239217
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226239224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert R. Faulkner, author

Howard S. Becker, author