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Advanced Clarinet Jazz Duets

These duets were lovingly written whilst I was exiled  (self imposed- long story!) in La Rioja, Northern Argentina. I wrote them, recorded them, then improved them . I repeated this cycle over my 8 years isolation enjoying the process of trying to achieve perfection!

Advanced Clarinet Duets for Performers (34 pages) contains 9 Original Duets providing the experienced Clarinet Player with challenging material written with live performance in mind. The pieces contain introductions, codas, modulations as well as written Solos full of real Jazz language that increase interest and challenge and are each 3-4 pages long. Suitable for more advanced players who are looking for total immersion in the Jazz idiom. Inside almost every Duet a musical tribute to some great Jazz composer or improvisor  has been inserted with the purpose of enriching the pieces.

Instrumentation- 2 Clarinets

1. Bourbon Street Blues in C features a solo in F brimming with phrases reminiscent of Johnny Hodges to whom it is dedicated. The ‘head out’ is developed further with a modulation to G and adds rhythmic and harmonic variation (2.20)

2. HoboBlues in F explores the major-minor sound that is such an important feature of the blues. The solo in the jazz vernacular gives the student the chance to ‘wail’ in homage to Sidney Bechet (2.04)

3. Ramblin Blues is dedicated to the grandfather of jazz - Duke Ellington, composer of such classics as Take the A Train, Mood Indigo and Satin Doll. Starts in Bb major, modulating to C in the solo and heads out in D major - adding colour and tension (2.25)

4. Delta Blues features a riffy low sub-tone second part and is dedicated to Ben Webster; gentle giant of the tenor sax, who could evoke so much from his sound alone. (2.09)

5. FATS This duet is dedicated to Fats Waller - the great Jazz Pianist/singer. entertainer who wrote ‘Ain’t misbhavin’ .

Unlike all the other tunes in the book this one does not follow the classic 12 bar structure of the blues.

6.Memphis Blues in honour of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane with reference to the Crescent album (1.58) Starts in G, chorus to in C, 3rd chorus F head out Bb

7. Jive Blues starts in C . Then comes a shout like head in D but marked softly! The out head modulates to Eb with further passing notes and added embellishments to increase the tension (2.17)


8. Barrel House Blues is a zany blues that traverses various styles and rhythms - 12/8 afro, funk , swing, and keys F and G to challenge the player whilst providing a feast for the ears! (2.24)





"Advanced Blues for performers Duets are challenging, very musical and demonstrate a deep understanding of the Blues & Jazz vocabulary. There is plenty of stylistic language that can be gleaned from these duet studies. Extended range, chromaticism, rhythmic interplay and well conceived independent contrapuntal parts present some good technical and musical challenges for the players.

Greg Heath - B.A. A.D.J.S.

Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, Educator


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Warren Y.
United States United States
Good Stuff

Have been looking for some nice jazz clarinet duets to play and these really fill the bill. ThanksNick

United Kingdom United Kingdom
Guitar chordal backing

These backings add a lot to the excellent jazz clarinet duets.

Deb N.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Jazz Wonderman

I bought this book for my daughter and she is absolutely smitten. The tunes are amazing and she is going to busk with her friend. We will be coming back for the alto sax version! Thanks so much Nick :)

Mercurio C.
Italy Italy
Duetto Jazz

Consegna immediata e sevizio ottimo, libro molto buono, utilizzato con i miei alunni che sono rimasti entusiasti.

Sebastian W.
Germany Germany
Interesting Duets

The duets are very fun to play for both players. The level is advanced (e.g. in terms of rhythm and range).

Vasko D.
United States United States
Vasko Dukovski

Amazing short and fun pieces! Highly recommended for students!

Diane C.
United States United States
Fun duets

Fun and challenging duets, thanks a bunch!

Andrew P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Must use desktop

Could not print off from my iPad but ok from desktop. Excellent music.

david G.
Australia Australia
Clarinet and saxophone duets

Lots of fun for me and my students....love the YouTube clips, they really encourage students to experiment with performance techniques that are contextual but not always on the printed page.

brendan O.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
jazz duets for clarinets

easy to use website, efficient transaction and speedy delivery. Looking forward to playing these duets - great to see pieces with both parts equally rewarding.

Rich C.
United States United States
Great Duets

These are great duets that aren't difficult to play. They sound great when both parts are played. I record myself playing one part and then play along with the 2nd part. I would buy more of the same!

Robert R.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Excellent resource and the arrangements are great. The bias to this resource is well deserved.

United Kingdom United Kingdom
Challenging and lively!

I love the groovy feel of these technically challenging duets. They give a good workout for more advanced pupils as well as keeping the teacher on his/her toes!

De G.
Belgium Belgium
Advanced Clarinet Jazz Duets

it is very good thanks

Alejandro M.
Spain Spain
it would be nice if

it would be nice if there were playalong videos

Jeremy I.
United States United States
Clarinet Blues

It's not easy to find solid blues riffs for the clarinet let alone blues and jazz solos. The Delta Blues is deep down delta blues and stretches the horn from low E to high D. It's like walking down the street with an old blues musician friend. Played on a 1920s Albert Clarinet, bending the notes and cutting the E flat key in early to get a dirty sound - this as great fun. But don't be put off by the 'advanced" - if you can play the scale of b flat up to high F and beyond you can play this.