Claus Jacobi’s band charts

A few years ago François Perdriau was looking for transcriptions for old jazz songs with the idea of recreating this long forgotten music. After looking all over the internet and searching the musician’s network, he was surprised to end up where he started: in Berlin, where a man of great knowledge known as Dr. Claus Jacobi had the answers to all his questions.

Born in 1948 Dr. Claus Jacobi made a career as a doctor, but besides his medical practice he is a world-renowned specialist in the jazz from the years 1920 to 1939. He has studied these early jazz styles intensively since his youth and has written more than 1000 arrangements and transcriptions from smaller jazz formations to classic big bands, which are used all over the world. He plays all saxophones, clarinet and piano.

On this page we will regularly add more transcriptions of arrangements for orchestra, 3 front-liners, big band, etc. You will find most of the works that make the richness of early jazz. These transcriptions made by Claus Jacobi are made available to the MEMBERS free of charge, however a donation is strongly suggested. Thank you for your support!

* Disclaimer: By downloading these arrangements you agree not to use them for commercial reason meaning they are not to be sold anywhere. The purpose is to provide open resources for musicians and jazz ensembles. You have to credit Claus Jacobi in all instances when you play these arrangements. You can also get in touch with Dr. Jacobi directly at


Each composer or ensemble have been compiled in separate pages. Click on the artist of your choice to discover the transcriptions. You can also check the GENERAL ARRANGEMENT LIST for a complete overview of the works available so far. Have fun discovering!

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