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Blue Bossa
Published: 2011-10-01 Updated: 2016-02-09

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Blue Bossa

Blue Bossa is one of the easier songs that beginning jazz players tackle. It is an often called songs at jam sessions and has been played a million times. It is a some what easy song to memorize. However with its easy beginner status is can be challenging to put a different spin on it. And, that is exactly what we did on my How About More Uke? CD.

This lessons/song includes: Play-along Lead Sheet, Ukulele TAB of Melody, Melody and Chord Ukulele arrangement, example chords and scales for accompaniment and improv.

History

Blue Bossa is an instrumental jazz composition by Kenny Dorham (August 30, 1924 - December 5, 1972). It was introduced on Joe Henderson's 1963 album Page One. A blend of hard bop and bossa nova, the tune was possibly influenced by Dorham's visit to the Rio de Janeiro Jazz Festival in 1961. The tune has since been recorded numerous times by different artists, making it a jazz standard.

How About More Uke?

Here is my new CD: How About More Uke? It is being officially released December 2, 2015. A collection of jazz standards, original compositions by myself (Curt Sheller), Chuck Anderson and Jim Beloff / Herb Otha. Featuring Curt Sheller: `ukulele, Eric Schreiber: bass and Ed Rick: drums.

Release Date: December 2, 2015

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10 Minute Demo of How About More Uke? CD

Song Road Map

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A Road Map Through Song

Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.

This section of a song's page presents some tips on how I try and remember a particular song.

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A Guide to Advanced Chords Series - Chord Building Chart

A handle dandy reference chart for building fifteen (15) basic triads and 4-part chords.

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Blue Bossa - Lead Sheet for Play-along Track

This is the lead sheet for the Blue Bossa premium play-along track. Key of Cm.

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Blue Bossa - Premium Play-along Track

This is one of the jazz standards that all beginning and even seasoned players tackle. Key of Cm.

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Blue Bossa - Solo Ukulele Arrangement

Standard music notation and TAB arrangement of Blue Bossa for low G, C tuner ukulele.

Blue Bossa - Road Map

Blue Bossa modulates to one additional key from the home key of Cm. In the common key of Cm that Blue Bossa is typically performed in it modulates between the keys of C minor and Db major. The key is remembering the triggers to get from one key center to the next.

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Blue Bossa - How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

From the How About More Uke? CD by the Curt Sheller Trio. Recorded at MorningStar Studios in East Norriton, PA Summer and Fall of 2015. Released December 2, 2015

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Pat Lentz and Curt Sheller have an impromptu jam on the standard Blue Bossa. Both guitars where built by Dale Unger of American Archtop.

Blue Bossa - How About More Uke"? CD

Blue Bossa - The Curt Sheller Jazz Trio from the How About More Uke? CD.

Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books! — Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the best — Glen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too. — Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg

I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent. — fatveg — Portland

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