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Capers: Portraits In Jazz: Piano

Instrumental Album | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Instrumentation Piano
Composer Capers
Publisher Oxford University Press

Portraits In Jazz is a selection of twelve pieces by Valerie Capers which draws on a variety of jazz styles associated with famous artists including Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald.

The pieces are simple yet delightful, and this volume presents a refreshing approach to exploring jazz while improving your piano technique. This volume is perfect for intermediate standard players (approximately Grades 4-5) of any age, and includes a CD with performances by the composer.

Valerie Capers

Dr Valerie Capers received her early schooling at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind and is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music. She is equally at home in jazz and classical idioms and as a performer appeared with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Wynton Marsalis, and Paquita D'Rivera. She is probably best known as an innovative educator.

Difficulty Intermediate
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Instrumental Album
Pages 28
ISBN 9780193385627
Edition Number 9780193385627
Catalog No. OUP9780193385627
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  1. Ella Scats The Little Lamb
  2. Waltz For Miles
  3. Sweet Mister Jelly Roll
  4. The Monk
  5. Blues For 'The Duke'
  6. A Taste Of Bass
  7. Billie's Song
  8. Mr 'Satchmo'
  9. Cancion De La Havana
  10. Bossa Brasilia
  11. Blue-Bird
  12. Cool-Trane

Valerie Capers: Portraits In Jazz reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 8.8 out of 10 based on 6 reviews
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Dorset GB Experienced teacher.
A number of easily accessible satisfying pieces along with some other less familiar jazz styles and sounds to investigate later.
Confirmed purchase: 16 March 2016
Published on: 31 March 2016
8 out of 10


LOndon GB
I like the music and it is about my level of capability
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 20 August 2014
Published on: 10 September 2014
8 out of 10


Enjoyable to play...right level for me, a lapsed but recently returned pianist
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 04 June 2014
Published on: 23 June 2014
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