The Real Easy Book – Volume 1




Tunes for Beginning Improvisers

The easiest tunes from Horace Silver, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Red Garland, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Cedar Walton, Wes Montgomery, etc.

Get yourself—or your beginning jazz combo — sounding good right away with the first fake book ever designed for the beginning improviser:

Easy, but classic jazz tunes give the student a good start in learning
the jazz repertoire. See the complete tune list below.

Sample piano voicings, guitar chord diagrams, sample bass lines and useful scales for improvisation are included with each tune, for easy reference. (See sample tune)

Developed and road-tested for years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop’s
summer jazz camps. It works!

Each song will sound good played in rock, funk or Latin styles, as well as swing.

Perfect for individual students of all ages, as well as jazz combos.
A great resource for music teachers and band directors.


1. Bags’ Groove
2. Big Bertha
3. Blue Seven
4. Blues By Five
5. Blues In The Closet
6. Cold Duck Time
7. Contemplation
8. Doxy
9. Edward Lee
10. Equinox
11. Freedom Jazz Dance
12. Gingerbread Boy
13. Groove Merchant
14. Jive Samba
15. Jo Jo Calypso
16. Killer Joe
17. Listen Here
18. Little Sunflower
19. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
20. Midnight Waltz

21. Mr. P.C.
22. One For Daddy-O
23. Red’s Good Groove
24. Revelation
25. Road Song
26. Short Stuff
27. Shoshana
28. Sir John
29. Sister Sadie
30. So Danco Samba
31. Song For My Father
32. Sonnymoon For Two
33. St. James Infirmary
34. St. Thomas
35. Straight Life
36. Tenor Madness
37. Trail Dust
38. When The Saints Go Marching In
39. Work Song
40. Yardbird Suite
41. Z’s Blues