Barry Harris Transcribed solo “On Green Dolphin Street”

Barry Harris soloHere’s a transcription I made about two months ago of Barry Harris’ solo on the jazz standard “Green Dolphin Street”.

Barry has some really killin’ II-V-I licks on here and really plays some really nice stuff through the break section.  Check out his lines over the major chords and the break section as well.   Hope you enjoy!

On Green Dolphin Street-Barry Harris Solo

More Jazz Transcriptions

For more transcriptions you can also check out this other Barry Harris Rhythm Changes Lesson, this Red Garland’s solo on What is This Thing Called Love or Wes Montgomery’s solo on Satin Doll here.

You can also learn a Barry Harris lick in this lesson right here.  If you’re interested in jazz chords you can also check out this lesson on Barry Harris and Bud Powell left hand chords.

As you’re learning, remember that jazz is a language. It takes some time to learn but the pursuit is very fun and rewarding.

There’s a million things you can do with all the new vocabulary you use.

Obviously, learning transcriptions and learning licks are useful in the jazz idiom but you can also apply all the new jazz theory you learn to so many other styles of music.

Jazz features all kinds of common patterns and chord progressions you’ll find in lots of different styes.

Green Dolphin Street Tips

One final thought. Notice over the A sections of the solo Barry tends to use more of a modal/scalar approach to the tune and he mixes some bebop in.

Since the B and C sections of the tune use more traditional bebop based 2 5 1 chord changes Barry tends to focus his improvisation style more in that direction.

It’s a beautiful blend of different vocabulary types. Have fun exploring this solo. It’s very accessible and a great model to study for beginning jazz improvisers.  See you next time!!


  • I have transcribed many Oscar Peterson solos including “The Girl From Ipanema” solo from We Get Requests. I don’t have the skills to post them on a website as you do with such facility; wish I did. Do you do the postings independently? What computer course teaches such skills?
    I’d send you a copy of O.P.’s “Girl From Ipanema” solo if you wish; email me a mailing address for you. Jeffrey Todd Cohen [my teachers have included Barry Harris, Ron Carter, Don Sebesky, Don Friedman, James Heath, Marian McPartland]..

    • Welcome to the site Jeffrey! You sound like you’ve studying with some amazing players.  Happy to have you a member of the community.


  • Vitaly

    Steve, thanks for your lessons.
    I can’t find, from what album this transcription. Please, tell me.

  • Robyn

    Can u put some more funk on here, every time I visit I feel like a 65 year old in a 30 year olds body. Ta