Blue Bossa

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

Published: Oct 1, 2011 Updated: Feb 9, 2016 Visits: 1

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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.

Blue Bossa

How About More Uke?


Release Date: December 2, 2015

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.

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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 - Solo Ukulele Arrangement

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

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 - Lead Sheet for Play-along Track

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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.

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

Blue Bossa

A Curt Sheller Trio performance at the Berks Jazz Fest. 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.

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