• 344 pages
  • 9 x 12
  • Price: $24.95
  • EAN: 9781439918463
  • Publication: Sep 2022
  • Price: $24.95
  • EAN: 9781439918470
  • Publication: Sep 2022

The Real Philadelphia Book

2nd Edition

Jazz Bridge

The Real Philadelphia Book, compiled by Jazz Bridge and editors David Dzubinski and Suzanne Cloud, is a collection of more than 200 original jazz and blues compositions. Arranged alphabetically by song title, the sheet music showcases work by generations of Philadelphia musicians. This volume, which is "what every aspiring jazz musician needs to know," features tunes from Grammy Award-winners Jimmy Heath, Grover Washington, Jr., and Christian McBride, as well as legends such as Joey DeFrancesco, Ray Bryant, and Robin and Duane Eubanks. Also included are rare compositions by jazz greats Bobby Timmons, Hank Mobley, and Lee Morgan, in addition to music by local luminaries, Rhenda Fearrington, Monnette Sudler, and Kaylé Brecher.

The aim of The Real Philadelphia Book is to help the jazz community make deeper, stronger connections while also formally documenting much of the important music created in the Philadelphia metro area by both well- and lesser-known musicians.

Including an index of composers, The Real Philadelphia Book will enhance and add to the rich Philadelphia jazz and blues tradition and make the Philly jazz catalogue more easily available to musicians, jazz students and educators around the world.


“As far back as I can remember, The Real Book has been a must-have for jazz musicians. It brings me great joy that this particular version features the music of Philadelphia musicians. Philadelphia has always had a wealth of wonderful composers, so this is another must-have version of The Real Book for gigging cats. I’m honored to have a few of my own compositions included.”
Joey DeFrancesco, Grammy-nominated organist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, multiple DownBeat poll winner

“Philadelphia is steeped in jazz culture and has made significant contributions to the many sounds of jazz, dating back to its early pioneers, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. Many, including Jimmy Smith and Lee Morgan, helped shape the idiom known as hard bop, while others, most notably John Coltrane, forged new frontiers. All left their compositional mark on the music, and many are highlighted in this splendid edition of The Real Philadelphia Book .”
Michael Ricci, Founder of All About Jazz

“Thank God for The Real Philadelphia Book and the Heath Brothers. Celebrating the gifts and talents of Philadelphians is incredible. The concert I performed with them was filled with love, laughs, tears, joy and celebration. Jimmy Heath’s music takes you on an emotional journey as both performer and listener. The gift is to look back and reflect upon the high level of musicianship demonstrated on stage and documented in this book.”
Terell Stafford, Grammy-winning trumpeter and Chair of Instrumental Studies and Jazz at Temple University

The Real Book is perhaps the most widely used publication amongst jazz musicians. It’s a great idea to present a version of your hometown. My pride is overflowing as I share with my homies to keep that Philly Love and bond strong.”
Duane Eubanks, trumpeter, composer, educator

The Real Philadelphia Book is now a staple in the jazz community. It serves as a resource while supporting the outstanding composers from the Philadelphia area. Philadelphia has always harvested a wealth of talent on so many levels—it grows stronger with each generation. Jazz Bridge is a great supporter, always shining a light on Philadelphia musicians. The Real Philadelphia Book is the real deal.”
Monnette Sudler, guitarist, composer, vocalist, recording artist, educator

“In years to come, this will be seen as a gift of musical ancestry and a historical documentation of stories you could only attribute to jazz. I am overjoyed that I sit in this circle of the most honored Philadelphia jazz griots and get to share my story! Embracing this book is a reminder that we each have a story to tell. The griots would say, ‘A story, a story, bring it!’”
Rhenda Fearrington, vocalist and President of the Jazz Bridge Project

The Real Philadelphia Book is an amazing project that celebrates the way in which a jazz community can be made up of a beautiful harmony of similarities and differences. Philadelphia, like so many other great cities in our country, has produced a plethora of great jazz composers, and, with such well-edited charts, it is clear to me that this book will become an immediate treasure in the jazz education community.”
Dr. Angelo Versace, pianist and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Arizona

About the Author(s)

Jazz Bridge Project compiled the compositions in The Real Philadelphia Book. Jazz Bridge Project, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, assists Jazz and Blues musicians living in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area who face financial, health, housing and similar crises. Jazz Bridge also supports musicians by providing paid performance opportunities highlighting original compositions at our live neighborhood concerts and special events, as well as virtual concerts broadcast worldwide. For more about Jazz Bridge, explore our website: www.jazzbridge.org.

David Dzubinski is a graduate of Temple University with a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging. He continued his education in private study with renowned jazz composer/pianists Joanne Brackeen, Dave Burrell, and Edsel Gomez. Dzubinski’s accomplishments include a solo piano recording; composer, arranger, and pianist for G. Calvin Weston's Phoenix Orchestra; a Suite commissioned by Philadelphia University and Doylestown Health and Wellness Center; compositions for The Society Hill Playhouse and The Wilma Theater; pianist on seven of jazz composer/vocalist Kaylé Brecher's recordings; a composition published by Freddie Hubbard's Hubtones; and performances with many well-known Philadelphia and International artists.

Dr. Suzanne Cloud, writer, historian, and jazz singer, has recorded and appeared with Philadelphia’s top jazz musicians. She is the author of six young-adult history books, has contributed to the African-American National Biography Project at Harvard, and was the founding director of Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit that assists jazz musicians in crisis. Her play Last Call at the Downbeat was part of the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, and her widely-acclaimed 1996 CD, With a Little Help from My Friends, was reissued by Dreambox Media in 2017. Currently Cloud is director of the Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project, an archival initiative with Temple University Libraries and teaches at Thomas Edison State University.

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