Milt Jackson “Dorothy” Transcription – Vibraphone Solo



Milt Jackson “Dorothy” Transcription – Vibraphone Solo

This is a transcription of one of Milt Jackson’s early recorded vibraphone solos.  The tune “Dorothy” is a rhythm changes composition written by trumpeter Howard McGhee.  Jackson recorded this solo in 1947 with McGhee’s band.

The solo is only 16 measures long, which makes it a great etude.  It is over the second half of the ‘rhythm changes’ structure, starting at the bridge.

Milt Jackson started playing with Dizzy Gillespie in 1945, and it was then that he really took the bebop language invented by Gillespie and Charlie Parker to the vibraphone.

This solo has many really great moments in it, including some really fast double-time bebop lines.  In the accompanying video, I explain the harmony behind each of these lines and also demonstrate creative ways to practice this solo.

I hope you enjoy the Milt Jackson “Dorothy” transcription.

As always, please contact me if you have any questions!

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