Jazz Piano and Literature

Jazz Piano and Literature

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Write a research paper the history of the Jazz piano masters (i.e. Art Tatum, Bill Evans, etc.) and the jazz piano pioneers and the sheet music and recordin” rel=”nofollow”>ings that were important in” rel=”nofollow”>in establishin” rel=”nofollow”>ing
them in” rel=”nofollow”>in the discourse of the history of jazz. The paper is more about examin” rel=”nofollow”>inin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the music and less about simply highlightin” rel=”nofollow”>ing historical facts. Although statin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the history from a timelin” rel=”nofollow”>ine
perspective is warranted, understood, and expected.

The followin” rel=”nofollow”>ing list should be referred to:


• Scott Joplin” rel=”nofollow”>in (1868-1917) – “father” of ragtime; his immediate followers were:
• James Scott
• Joseph Lamb

Early Jazz

• Jelly Roll Morton – pianist/composer/arranger/bandleader
• Earl “Fatha” Hin” rel=”nofollow”>ines – trumpet-style playin” rel=”nofollow”>ing and solos
• Lil Hardin” rel=”nofollow”>in Armstrong – played w/ Joe Kin” rel=”nofollow”>ing Oliver
• Fats Waller – wrote over 400 songs, in” rel=”nofollow”>includin” rel=”nofollow”>ing Ain” rel=”nofollow”>in’t Misbehavin” rel=”nofollow”>in’ and Honeysuckle Rose


• James P. Johnson – father of stride piano (Carolin” rel=”nofollow”>ina Shout)
• Willie “The Lion” Smith – combin” rel=”nofollow”>ined boogie/woogie w/ stride styles
• Mead Lux Lewis

Boogie Woogie

• Pin” rel=”nofollow”>ine Top Smith
• Jimmy Yancey

Early and progressive swin” rel=”nofollow”>ing (1930s-’40s)

• Duke Ellin” rel=”nofollow”>ington – bandleader/composer/arranger over 900 charts
• Count Basie – Kansas City style swin” rel=”nofollow”>ing, great rhythm section
• Art Tatum – master virtuoso of solo swin” rel=”nofollow”>ing piano
• Teddy Wilson – played w/ Benny Goodman & Billie Holiday
• Nat Kin” rel=”nofollow”>ing Cole – underrated as jazz pianist-sang his way to popularity
• Milt Buckner -“locked hands” style adopted by George Shearin” rel=”nofollow”>ing
• Errol Garner – wrote Misty and had a unique, appealin” rel=”nofollow”>ing style

Kansas City Swin” rel=”nofollow”>ing

• Mary Lou Williams – first early jazz female band leader and pianist
• Jay McShann – reat KC master of swin” rel=”nofollow”>ing, blues and bop

Be-bop/hard bop (1940s-)

• Thelonious Monk – one of the greatest in” rel=”nofollow”>innovators of all time
• Bud Powell – revolutionized be-bop piano
• Al Haig – recorded w/ Bird
• Oscar Peterson – Art Tatum tradition; passed in” rel=”nofollow”>in Dec. 2007
• Horace Silver – “Funky” legendary hard-bop leader/composer
• Tadd Dameron – leader/composer/arranger ; wrote Ladybird

Cool (late 1940s-)

• Lennie Tristano – one of the in” rel=”nofollow”>innovators of the “Cool” school
• Andre Previn” rel=”nofollow”>in – famous conductor; numerous jazz recordin” rel=”nofollow”>ings
• Dave Brubeck – Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out
• John Lewis – leader, Modern Jazz Quartet for 30+ years; 3rd stream
Additional pianists from the ‘50s

• Red Garland – recorded with Miles Davis in” rel=”nofollow”>in the ‘50s
• Wynton Kelly – Wynton Marsalis is named after him
• Phin” rel=”nofollow”>innias Newborne, Jr. – listen to: A Whole World of Piano
• Tommy Flanagan – worked w/ Ella Fitzgerald; played on Giant Steps
• Sonny Clark -knew Lennie Tristano and Bill Evans
• Bobby Timmons – composer of Moanin” rel=”nofollow”>in
• Herbie Nichols – in” rel=”nofollow”>innovative composer/arranger
Modern in” rel=”nofollow”>innovators (late ‘50s-early ‘60s)

• Bill Evans – most in” rel=”nofollow”>influential jazz pianist after Bud Powell
• Chick Corea – fusion pioneer; Latin” rel=”nofollow”>in and Spanish styles
• Keith Jarrett – classical; solo improvisations; straight ahead

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