About jazzinotes

jazzinotes is a reaction to a deficiency in the music industry.  Sheet music in the pop/rock/jazz business has in many ways left much to be desired:

  • Sheet music has for a long time been considered a bit old fashioned, and as such has been neglected by major publishers of sheet music or even outsourced to outside companies.  This has led to the fact that even for many popular songs there is either no sheet music in existence or the only sheet music available isn’t suited for practical use. This brings us to the next point.

  • The most common form of sheet music available for purchase in shops is found in songbooks in the form PVG, or Piano-Vocal-Guitar.  Such sheet music is comprised of three systems: voice, piano (right hand) and piano (left hand).  However, the piano parts have often little to do with what can be heard on the original recordings. The right hand often doubles the vocal part, resulting in something hardly recognizable when compared to the original.

  • Even for instrumental music, you often can’t find sheet music which really reflects the original recordings.  


jazzinotes wishes to address this situation by offering sheet music which either directly transcribes the original recording (called Note-for-Note), or as original compositions reflecting the exact ideas of the composer, or as arrangements sufficient to meet the practical demands of music-making. As such, the name ‘jazzinotes’ has a double-meaning: Jazz-in-notes and Jazzy-notes!

The quality of the jazzinotes sheet music is extremely high. That's why we are able to offer the jazzinotes guarantee.

Although the focus of jazzinotes is Jazz, many other genres are also represented. jazzinotes’ repertoire grows larger with every month, so it’s worthwhile to check in regularly to see what’s new!  You can also receive information about new releases by signing up for our newsletter.  Your subscription can be cancelled at any time.



 If sheet music is to correspond to the original recording, the interpreter (artist) on the recording should be of central importance.  However, in the sheet music industry, according to international law, only the composer and lyricist are entitled to royalties. The interpreters are completely left out.  But not so with jazzinotes!  When the interpreter of a song is not at the same time the composer, they receive royalties from us: at first 3%, then an additional 1% after every profitable year until it reaches a percentage of at least 7% (which is also the standard value given to authors of books in the publishing industry). The amount is payed at the end of the year, if it raises 20 Euros. Otherwise it will be collected until the amount raises 20 Euros.



We offer a small selection of high quality sheet music of other publishing houses. Although the quality is high, we can not offer the jazzinotes guarantee in this case.



Jazzinotes was founded as a GmbH company in Hamburg in 2012 by Paul Riggenbach, who acts as the company’s director. 

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Paul Riggenbach, born in 1960 in Bern, learned the craft of writing music through many different stations along his journey of musical experience: first as a music teacher, then as a copyist and arranger, later as a career pianist, and finally as a composer. His theoretical background can be attested by his PhD in musicology, which has also led to the publications of his writings in a series of books on music education by the publisher ‘Odradec’.

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Rolf Peters, born in 1959, banker and urban designer, was employed to Odradec Music Publishers in 2012, after longtime work in the banking business, completed academic studies, and co-operation in social and other projects. Since the beginning of 2014 he is assigned to distribution, shipping, clearance, and administration in the jazzinotes publishing team. He is singer in a Hamburg choir since 1992.



Whoever only understands music doesn’t understand music.  Therefore, we try to look a little beyond our noses towards the world around us.  Some of our activities include sponsorship of a local women’s handball team in Hamburg: SG Niendorf.  With the jazzinotes logo on their jerseys, they won the ‘Just-as-well-Cup’ for women from the Hamburg Handball League in May 2012.  


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The proud winners celebrating after the game with director and fan Paul Riggenbach.