Don Sickler has seen every side of the jazz industry. He’s released his own albums as a leader and coached others as their producer; he’s given new meaning to compositions through creative arrangements and then brought the arrangements to ensembles worldwide through his publishing companies. Learn what he has to say about jazz today.
Don’s career started by gigging with drum master Philly Joe Jones and it only went up from there. Since then, Don has played and recorded with some of the biggest names in modern jazz and hard bop, like Roy Hargrove, T.S. Monk, Eddie Higgins, Cedar Walton, J.J. Johnson, Renee Rosnes, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Pierce, and many, many others.Read more about Don's storied career.
Since founding Second Floor Music publishing in 1978, Don has reimagined jazz publishing and brought it to new forms and media. From the historic (the original arrangement to “Joy Spring”) to the very modern (an instant digital download website with sheet music, transcriptions, and practice tools), Second Floor Music has taken jazz to a new level.See what's happening now.

FROM THE BLOG

Stone-Washed! This Solo On “Cherokee” Will Amaze You

By |July 18th, 2014|

Farnell Newton’s viral Facebook group Jam Of The Week has been growing a while now and with over 20,000 members currently, posters have to do a little something extra to stand out. This week drew out a particularly impressive (and […]

Blue Bossa: What You Don’t Know About The Standard

By |July 10th, 2014|

A little-known story behind the standard “Blue Bossa” reveals that most jazz musicians are missing something huge when they play it.

Blue Bossa. A standby in any jazz musician’s repertoire. Likely one of the first bossas they ever learned. The very mention of its […]

How To Play Drums: Advice From A Jazz Master

By |June 23rd, 2014|

How to play drums? Not exactly the easiest topic to jump into in one short post. Luckily, jazzleadsheets.com has more than a few masters on hand to tackle the topic. And I was lucky enough to be able to […]

Kenny Dorham’s Afro-Cuban: Part II

By |March 29th, 2014|

As a continuation of the initial posting concerning KD’s record Afro-Cuban, this post will explore the session from March 29, 1955 which was first released on a 10” LP (BLP 5065). The session from March 29 included four tunes: […]

“Did I ever tell you?”: Mythology and jazz history

By |February 25th, 2014|

“Did I ever tell you the one about Hank Mobley and the baseball?”

The best moments of the workday tend to begin with Don wandering past my desk with a sly smile and a knowing twinkle in his eyes. “Did […]

Don's personal collection of the best in lead sheets in jazz now available at jazzleadsheets.com

  • Beautiful charts of hard-to-find songs
  • Transcriptions from the masters
  • Exclusive audio, historical notes, and more!

The new website goes live in just a few weeks. Be the first of your friends to know!