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Hal Leonard has acquired Gerard & Sarzin Publishing, a boutique publisher of books and methods about jazz and blues music.

The announcement was made by Jeff Schroedl, executive vice president of Hal Leonard.

Gerard and Sarzin is best known for its Scat! Vocal Improvisation Techniques book by Bob Stoloff. A bestseller since it was released in 1998, it has become the standard literature of choice for singers exploring the scat style.

In addition, the catalog contains music collections by Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk as well as several other jazz and blues instructional titles for instrumentalists and singers.

“We love to preserve and promote jazz music,” said Schroedl, “and we’re happy to add this important publisher to our catalog to keep the books in circulation to benefit future generations of jazz artists.”

Gerard and Sarzin titles were already distributed by Hal Leonard through their distribution of Music Sales titles in the US so retailers won’t need to change any ordering information. New retailers may order Gerard & Sarzin titles by calling the Hal Leonard E-Z Order Line at 1-800-554-0626.



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