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Christmas Jazz, Rags & Blues, Book 4

8 arrangements of favorite carols for late intermediate pianists

By Martha Mier

Solo piano - SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)
Book 4. 8 arrangements of favorite carols for late intermediate pianists. Arranged by Martha Mier. Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Christmas Jazz, Rags & Blues. Christmas and Jazz. Songbook. With standard notation (does not include words to the songs). 24 pages. Alfred Music #00-26140. Published by Alfred Music (AP.26140).

Item Number: AP.26140

ISBN 9780739043370. 9x12 inches. English.

Students will be inspired and motivated by the syncopated rhythms and the colorful, rich harmonies of jazz. Detailed articulation, dynamic and pedal markings create a thoughtful and thorough performance.

This title has selections that range in difficulty from SMP Level 4-5.

About SMP Level 5 (Intermediate)

Seventh chords and melodies in both hands. More difficult note reading with ledger lines above and below the staff.

  • What Child Is This?  Traditional English Melody
  • Angels We Have Heard On High  Traditional French Melody
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day  Composed by John Calkin
  • Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow  African American Spiritual
  • I Saw Three Ships  Traditional English Carol
  • Joy To The World  Composed by George Frideric Handel
  • O Christmas Tree  Traditional
  • Sing We Now of Christmas  Traditional French Carol

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  • 4

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  • November 03, 2021 Great but obscure songs sometimes

    I27-I38 Love this series! The only reason it has 4 stars and students often don't choose it is because the songs are kind of obscure.

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  • November 14, 2012 very good

    These are great arrangements for students. The arrangement of "Sing we now of Christmas" is my favorite. I can play it over and over. Being a classical pianist, it's fun to sit down and read through these and my students love them too.

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  • 5

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  • November 28, 2011 Christmas Jazz, Rags & Blues-Book 4

    Bought these for my students to get away from the standard classical style of playing. The 8 songs in this book have different style rhythms from blues,Jazz, and Ragtime written to Christmas music.This book 4 has some very good syncopated rhythms, plus I have the students also add...

    some improv. or change the note durations along with what is written to make the songs sound more lively. Songs in this series are pretty good as written.The Book 4 is easy to read and well organized. Songs are 1 to 3 pages in length. The songs are a series to get into pop/blues/Rag to learn basic syncopated rhythms to known Christmas songs. Book 4 is for the Late intermediate student throughout the book. All 4 Levels of this series are pretty good learning books. Variety of Blues, Jazz,and Ragtime Christmas songs from easy to the intermediate/advanced playing student. All the songs have very interesting styles to them. hope this helps.pianomanDT

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  • November 22, 2010 Mediocre

    This is for the pianist with no jazz exposure, not for the jazz aficionado. The arrangements fall short of any true jazz seasonings but are fine for the young pianist looking for a change from classical arrangements.

    34 of 59 people found this review helpful.
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