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This book has lead sheets with guitar chordcharts for 12 of Nils’ biggest hits. It also has a note by note tabulator transcription of “Pacific Coast Highway”, “Cat Nap” and “Jump Start”. It comes with the Jam tracks CD that lets you jam along with Nils. It has all 12 songs of the book without the lead guitar.

Songs include:

Back Pocket , Cat Nap, Coming  Home, Cruisin’, Jump Start, Just Smile, Last Night, Midnight Breeze, Ready To Play, Sneakin’, Sunrise on Sunset and Pacific Coast Highway

For more information visit Nils’ website.

Saxophonist Mindi Abair has released her first book, How To Play Madison Square Garden, and it’s available at Mindi co-wrote the book with her father and friend Ross Cooper.

Mindi says, “It’s the culmination of a lot of years of experience being on stage and learning what works and what doesn’t. I’ve make every mistake ‘in the book’, and I thought I’d condense what I know and have learned from these experiences in written form.”

Veteran music publicist Cheryl Hughey has just released a new ebooklet, “Music Promotion for Everyone, Volume 1.” Designed to fit the growing needs of music students, this short collection of essays covers the subjects of leadership, salesmanship, marketing, communication skills, roles of industry professionals, appearance bookings and social media.

“The lessons are designed to give the developing artist a solid foundation in the key business skills needed to survive in the highly competitive entertainment marketplace,” said the author.

“Music Promotion for Everyone, Volume 1” can be purchased for $3.99 on various ebook reader formats via Smashwords by visiting the following link:

Fans are encouraged to visit the author’s Twitter page at to check for special coupons and offers.

Please visit for more biographical information on the author.



Chapters: Theo Jörgensmann, Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Markus Burger, Mathias Claus, Rainer Brüninghaus. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 24. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher’s book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge.


Theodor Franz Jörgensmann (born 1948 in Bottrop, Germany) is a jazz and free-improvising Basset clarinet player and composer. He has been a professional musician since 1975. Theo Jörgensmann belongs to the 2nd generation of European free jazz musicians. He was part of the clarinet Renaissance in the jazz and improvising music scene. Jörgensmann is one of a few clarinet players for whom unaccompanied solo recordings are a significant part of his work. He started to play clarinet when he was 18 years old. From 1969 until 1972 Jörgensmann took private lessons from a music teacher at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. At the same time he started working with fellow musicians from the Ruhr industrial area. During this time he was also a chemical laboratory assistant. After a one and half year hitch in the German Army Jörgensmann worked with handicapped children and studied social pedagogics, but he never brought it to a conclusion. Since 1975 he has been a professional musician. During a career spanning three decades as a free improviser Jörgensmann has worked with (among many others) Mike Richmond, Barre Phillips, Kent Carter, John Lindberg, Charlie Mariano, Wilber Morris, Eric Vloeimans, Jeanne Lee, John Fischer, Vincent Chancey, Kenny Wheeler, Paul McCandless and Lee Konitz. From 1975 to 1977 he headed the group Clarinet Contrast; a group which frontline consisted only of clarinets. In this group played Perry Robinson, Hans Kumpf, Bernd Konrad and Michel Pilz. At the end of the 1970s he was leader of one of West Germany’s best-known jazz groups. At the beginning of the 1980s he took part in a Clarinet Summit (…More:

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“The Big Book Of Pentatonics & Fourths” A Method of Practice for the Ambitious Musician. This is a unique technique book for all instruments and levels. You don’t have to be a jazz improviser to benefit from the concepts and exercises presented in this new book. And for the jazzer, it will open you up to whole new vocabulary.

Over 80 pages of four and six note groups all transposed and presented in a creative new method that’s easy to follow and fun to play. Not just another pattern book! No transposing! Visit to watch the free video and download sample pages to play along!

Hey saxfriends in Europe and the US, check this amazing new book:

Best of Michael Lington – The Songbook Collection• 12 songs personally selected by Michael• Transcriptions including chords in Eb, Bb and C • Backing track CD to play along with (without the lead instrument) • Comments from Michael for each song• Never before seen pictures• Biographical Information • Songs.

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A book for learning and making music. Michael Lington already toured with renown international artists such as Michael Bolton, Randy Crawford and Barry Manilow. In his career he released six solo CD’s.

* 12 songs personally selected by Michael

* Transcriptions including chords in Eb, Bb and C

* Backing track CD to play along with (without the lead instrument)

* Comments from Michael for each song

* Never before seen pictures

* Biographical Information

Audio samples and more information about the Songbook, click here.

Canadian music collective Independent Music Promotions recently celebrated the release of their new e-book “Your Band Is A Virus“, which outlines marketing techniques effectively used by today’s independent musicians. With many industry-related books being released by CEO’s and record label owners, this release shows a definite change of attitude in the way independent music is promoted to the mainstream.

Founder James Moore commented “We found that most of the music marketing books written by the industry moguls were gimmicky and out of touch with the modern band’s needs. There’s only so many times you need to read about starting a website or writing a bio. We included those basics but focused the book mainly on how to build your press section, get on the media’s good side and generate those reviews. That’s what band’s care about.”

“We’re trying to bring power back to the musicians and out of the hands of the pay-to-wait-in-line Sonicbids types. Some of the techniques in the book are tried and true, and some you probably haven’t seen before.”

The book explores the ideas behind viral marketing, guerilla marketing, and “behind-the-scenes” marketing, which suggests breaking the traditional submission rules and contacting the industry professionals, bloggers, dj’s and music media individually in order to build relationships and garner high amounts of press.

More information on “Your Band Is A Virus” is at

Lynn Olson is a native Californian raised in the Orange County surf, sun and city lifestyle. She’s the mother of two grown children and loving grandmother of one. Lynn has been working for a major university for almost twenty years but dreams of becoming a full-time writer. A finger-tingling bug has been under her skin since college and she’s dabbled in poetry, music narratives, and prose. Her work has been published in various sporting fishing magazines and on-line music sites.

Lynn has also been a jazz connoisseur for nearly two decades. She can be found writing jazz narratives locally and worldwide when she’s not up in the wee hours penning her latest novella. Her writings can be found on several leading smooth jazz websites.

On Monday, July 12, she released two hardback narratives of the 2009 & 2009 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and related events.The 2009 & 2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award books are 6 x 9 hardback narrative books. They are $19.99 (excluding shipping & handling) and available for purchase via her homepage Net proceeds will be donated to MusiCounts, a children’s music education charity in Canada.