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History of the Blues (Through 26 Transcriptions for Trumpet) By Erik Veldkamp


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This is an incredible book. The History of the Blues is a survey of the roots of the blues form on the trumpet through a collection of 26 note-for-note transcriptions that span 100 years from Louis Armstrong’s Potato Head Blues to Till Brönner’s Till Blues. This collection progresses right from the beginning of the genre beginning with Armstrong, then moving through Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove Wynton Marsalis, and many more. (See the full song list below).

To understand the blues, we strongly believe you have to dive into the recorded history of the style, emulate the greatest players of all time, and begin to find your own voice through improvisation and experimentation. This nearly 100-page collection gives you just the opportunity to dig deep and explore one of the most important art forms in the history of American Music.

To the left I have dropped in some samples, below there is some audio for reference, and full demo recordings are included to accompany your purchase.


Books in this Series

  1. The History of the Blues
  2. The History of Rhythm Changes
  3. The History of Miles Davis
  4. 50% OFF Complete History of Jazz Series


Listen to Louis Armstrong’s “Potato Head Blues”

Listen to Miles Davis’s “Trane’s Blues”

Listen to Hargrove’s “Blues for Stephane” 


Complete Song List

  1. Louis Armstrong – Potato Head Blues
  2. Louis Armstrong – Saint Louis Blues
  3. Buck Clayton – B.C. Blues
  4. Roy Eldridge – Tin Roof Blues
  5. Charlie Shavers – Blue Stompin’
  6. Fats Navarro – Cool Blues
  7. Clifford Brown -The Blues Walk
  8. Clifford Brown – Sandu
  9. Lee Morgan – Thad’s Blues
  10. Miles Davis – Trane’s Blues
  11. Kenny Dorham – Chicago Blues
  12. Nat Adderley – Them Dirty Blues
  13. Blue Mitchell – Blues 3 For 1
  14. Booker Little – Booker’s Blues
  15. Freddie Hubbard – Blues for Brenda
  16. Clark Terry – Squeaky’s Blues
  17. Freddie Hubbard – Hub-Tones
  18. Nicholas Payton – West End Blues
  19. Chet Baker – For Minors Only
  20. Tom Harrell – Blues in C
  21. Tom Harrell – Blues in all keys
  22. Roy Hargrove – Blues For Stephane
  23. Woody Shaw – Steve’s Blues
  24. John Swana – Blues Cruz
  25. Wynton Marsalis – Blues
  26. Till Brönner – Till’s Blues

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