Ken Peplowski's solo on
"China Boy"

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Transcribed Fall 2013
Published Summer 2016

The video below features the live performance along with a scrolling transcription. You can also watch a version without the transcription here.


I'll never forget the first time I heard this solo. It was a hot summer afternoon in 2013, Long Beach, CA and I was sitting in front of an open window in my air-conditioner-less apartment watching jazz videos on YouTube (what else is new?). I'm not sure what led me to the original clip, but my jaw dropped the second I clicked on the link. I watched this solo at least a dozen times that afternoon, but I knew from the first solo chorus that I had no choice but to begin my maiden voyage into the dark world of clarinet transcriptions.

Over the next few months, I learned the solo and eventually performed it in my Master's recital at CSULB (fulfilling my transcription requirement). I began to notate the solo in the Fall of 2015, and soon thereafter created the video seen here.

If interested, consider checking out my transcription of Joshua Redman's solo on "Waiting on a Friend."

Favorite Jazz Theory Books

The Jazz Theory Book
Berklee Jazz Composition Theory and Practice
Berklee Modern Jazz Voicings
Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age
Jazz Arranging and Composing: A Linear Approach
Jerry Bergonzi's entireInside Jazz Improvisation Series