Philly Joe Jones Solo Book (update)

Since my original post in 2017 there has been a major update to the Philly Joe Jones solo book, so I decided that it’s time to make a new post and give some additional info.

Philly Joe Jones Solo Book cover

The first thing you’ll notice is that the cover has been updated with a modern and full color design, but the real update is that there are 60 new pages! There are now over 380 pages of Philly Joe Jones drum solo transcriptions in the book.

The Philly Joe Jones Solo Book is well worth the $60 price tag. The solos were transcribed over the course of 10+ years by Joerg Eckel, a student of John Riley’s and a really nice guy!

Using the book

Each transcription includes suggested stickings and lists the album that each solo is on. It’s my understanding that Joerg worked with John Riley and Kenny Washington to figure out common stickings that Philly Joe used.

In 2020, the Memphis Drum Shop had John Riley in to show off his cymbal collection and while he was there he also talked about the Philly Joe Jones solo book by Joerg Eckel. John does a great job demonstrating some of the stickings used in the book and it will give you a good overview.

I typically learn the solos by ear and then use the transcriptions to check myself or get help with a sticking if I’m fumbling too much, but I usually try to get the sound of each phrase in my own hands instead of forcing something that might feel awkward for me.

Philly Joe’s strong rudimental foundation:

It’s well known that Philly Joe Jones worked out of the Charley Wilcoxon Modern Rudimental Swing Solos book religiously and Kenny Washington also speaks incredibly highly of that book. If you don’t have it, get it!

Sample page

The transcriptions are copies of handwritten music charts and might be harder to read for some people, but don’t let that be a dealbreaker. When I’m working on a solo, I’ll typically scan the page in so I can load it on my iPad and zoom in. I’ve sometimes made an enlarged & darker photocopy so I can make notes and mark up the pages.

Here’s a sample page from the book that Joerg gave me permission to share:

Pot Luck solo transcription page

Where to buy the book

Memphis Drum Shop, Steve Maxwell Drum Shop, and Columbus Percussion have the new version of the book in stock. Whether you have the original version or not, the new one is worth getting!

If you live outside of the United States and can’t find it online, you can likely order it from the author directly. Leave a comment or send an email to me and I’ll do my best to connect you.

Table of contents

Here are a couple of photos of the table of contents, listing all of the Philly Joe Jones drum solo transcriptions in the book. I’ll also list them out as text below.

Philly Joe Jones Solo Book table of contents 1
Philly Joe Jones Solo Book table of contents 2
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Herlin Riley Live from New Orleans

If the above video doesn’t work, you can view it on Facebook directly.

Two years ago I had the pleasure of being in New Orleans on King’s Day for the king cake kick-off and saw Herlin Riley live at Bywater Bakery‘s block party. It was an unforgettable experience.

This year they held the event virtually and it was great! I was so glad to get a taste of New Orleans all the way up at the north end of the Mississippi river.

Featured Performers included:

Leyla McCella, John Boutte, Charmane Neville, and a Super Group comprised of: Herlin Riley, Oscar Rosignolli, Corey Henry, Wendell Brunious, Wes “Warm Daddy” Anderson, Detroit Brooks, and Chris Severen.

Happy New Year and Happy (almost) Mardi Gras!

Want to order a king cake? Bywater Bakery has you covered!

Feed the Second Line

Please consider donating to Feed the Second Line. They’re doing important work in New Orleans to make sure that musicians and cultural leaders are supported during this time of limited work.

Bill Stewart at Bar Bayeux

If you missed Bill Stewart at the Village Vanguard last weekend with Renee Rosnes, it was quite a set of shows. Renee’s group sounded great and Bill was in fine form.

Here’s another chance to check out Bill Stewart, thanks to Bar Bayeux. They have been killing it lately, doing live streams every Wednesday evening and leaving them online for about 6 days after.

Last night’s show featured:

  • Jerome Sabbagh: tenor saxophone
  • Mark Turner: tenor saxophone
  • Joe Martin: bass
  • Bill Stewart: drums

The setlist was wonderful and full of well-known standards. Watch this one while it’s still available!

Next week on 11/25 is the Adam Birnbaum Trio featuring David Wong and Rodney Green.

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Philly Joe Jones Solo Book with John Riley

The Memphis Drum Shop recently had John Riley in to show off his cymbal collection and while he was there he also talked about the great Philly Joe Jones solo book by Joerg Eckel. It’s always great to hear John play and he does a good job here demonstrating some of the stickings used in the book.

The new and updated version of the book is now officially available. Just to be clear, the black cover is the new version.

Memphis Drum Shop, Steve Maxwell Drum Shop, and Columbus Percussion have the new version of the book in stock. Whether you have the original version or not, the new one is worth getting!

Louis Hayes at Smoke

With the Village Vanguard taking a break to figure out their streaming issues, I’ll probably promote fewer gigs here for a bit. I’m guessing that most of you now know where to check each week to see what’s going on. Of course, I’ll still post about gigs that I’m really excited about, which is why I’m posting this one.

Louis Hayes is a hero of mine and I love the album Undercurrent by Kenny Drew that he plays on, which not many people who I talk to are very familiar with. It’s definitely worth checking out.

And for those who haven’t seen this, My Music Masterclass put out a Louis Hayes Masterclass that’s very affordable.

I’m absolutely thrilled that I’ll get a chance to see him play this weekend.

Louis Hayes & the Cannonball Legacy Band

October 3rd & 4th @ 8pm EDT / Smoke Jazz club

Louis Hayes (drums)
Vincent Herring (alto saxophone)
Rick Germanson (piano)
Dezron Douglas (bass)

$10 – smokejazz.com

Smalls Jazz Club

As always, Smalls Jazz Club in New York is streaming every day and has a tremendous archive available.

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Feed the Second Line

Please consider donating to Feed the Second Line. They’re doing important work in New Orleans to make sure that the musicians are fed and supported during this time of limited work.