Blue Bossa

Blue Bossa is one of the easier songs that beginning jazz players tackle.

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 28 Nov 2022Visits: 1395Code: UL430

INSTRUMENTS: Latin Main: Any Others: Ukulele Leadsheet ANY Guitar
Subjects: Beginner • Intermediate • Jazz • Repertoire • Standard • Bossa

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Blue Bossa

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.

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.

A Root Movement Analysis chart is below .

Blue Bossa is in the Real Book - Volume 1 Sixth Edition book.

Blue Bossa is on my, 2015 How About More Uke?, The Curt Sheller Jazz Trio CD.

“Curt, your CD was fantastic. You are amongst the ukulele masters of our day.” — John K.

Blue Bossa…

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.

Blue Bossa is a great as one the first several songs that aspiring jazz players should learn.

Blue Bossa

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.

Blue Bossa — Premium Play-along Track

Traditional head chords with a different solo section.

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Here is a Demo of Desafinado to get an idea of the quality of these custom play-along tracks.

Play-along Demo: Desafinado

DesafinadoPremium Play-along Track with Guitar Melody Played


I, (Curt) originally created these tracks to perform over for gigs and this was a demo for booking gigs.

These Premium Play-along Tracks are available to LearningUkulele.com Site Members and are my personal one-of-kind tracks I (Curt) and Chuck Anderson recorded and arranged.

Harmonic Analysis (RMA)

Blue Boss

Here is a scan of my original, from the 1980's Root Movement Analysis (RMA) chart.

An RMA chart allows you to determine the chord functions and an in turn what scale can be used for improvisation.

Notice the modulation between the keys of C Minor and Db Major . With ALL the chord being Full Diatonic to their respective major and minor keys.

A more modern take

You can actually get away with using two(2) scales. C Natural Minor on all the chords in the Cm section and the Db Major scale on the Db section.

Root Movement Analysis (RMA) Chart – 1980s


Release Date: December 2, 2015

How About More Uke?

How About More Uke? — 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.

10 Minute Demo of How About More Uke? CD

Frank Vignola's Blue Bossa Chord Progression Jam

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

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Blue Bossa - Lead Sheet for Play-along Track

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

SL491

Blue Bossa - Solo Ukulele Arrangement

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Blue Bossa - Premium Play-along Track

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Blue Bossa - Lead Sheet for Play-along Track

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Blue Bossa - Premium Play-along Track

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Blue Bossa - Solo Ukulele Arrangement

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Blue Bossa - Road Map

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"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.

WEB_CONTENT_ONLY

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

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From How About More Uke? CD - Curt Sheller Trio

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