On September 15, 2017, I began my journey of transcribing my favorite tune from Joe Pass, arguably the greatest jazz guitarist ever (he is to me). Little did I know that I’d be done with it 5 weeks later on October 22, 2017, though I really only worked on it for about 3 of those weeks. This is one of the pinnacles of my work in jazz studies and I am very proud to present this transcription here. Before undergoing this transcription, I searched and searched on the internet for someone else’s transcription of the tune but just couldn’t find anything from Virtuoso Live!, let alone “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” As such, I think that this is the first ever available transcription of the tune. It is yours to enjoy and learn it with me.
Above (top) is a video that my friend and Old Testament professor, Dr. Lawson Stone, took of me performing the tune. Please excuse the mistakes throughout as I’m only into day two of practicing the whole song. In a week or two, I’ll probably have the whole piece under my fingers a little better, flowing a bit more with a faster tempo. Many thanks to Dr. Stone for inviting me to play with him and his guitars!
Below the video is the link to the PDF transcription. Enjoy!