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The Evolution of Jazz Piano
A look at the birth and development of jazz piano from the 18th century until today.
# 120141 | 1,214 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2010 in Music Studies (Blues, Jazz) , Music Studies (History)

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The paper describes how, around the turn of the 18th century, jazz piano evolved from a mixture of styles, and in the 1950s, jazz piano became more of an issue of personal style rather than technical virtuosity. The paper then discusses how the 21st century challenges modern jazz pianists to come up with new ways of thinking about the piano to keep innovating within the tradition. The paper highlights the outstanding musicianship of specifc jazz performers.

Thesis Statement
Jazz Piano Was Born Around the Turn of the Century
After the 1950s, Jazz Piano Became More of an Issue of Personal Style
The 21st Century Challenges Modern Jazz Pianists

From the Paper:

"Strolling through the jazz department of any post-secondary institution can be an aural treat. Day and night, rows of pianists and other instrumentalists sweat out grueling exercises assigned by their teachers to close the gap between their sound and their idols'. Every once in a while, someone plays something really fresh that's never been heard before and the piano players are inspired to go home and practice becoming open to the realization that something new is always waiting to be discovered. In the last century, jazz piano has evolved through the outstanding musicianship of certain performers. Jazz pianists have often drawn from other styles of music to blend with and enhance their own. These composers, players, and arrangers used their innovation to take their ideas one step beyond their knowledge."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berlin, Edward A. King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era. New York: Oxford UP, 1994.
  • Bill Evans, Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard. Riverside. 1961.
  • Brownstein, Bill. "Tuning in Junior Jazz Cats" Montreal Gazette 30 Nov. 2002: C3 Montreal Gazette online. Internet Explorer. 30 Nov 2002. Keyword: jazz piano.
  • Bud Powell. The Amazing Bud Powell. Blue Note. 1949.
  • Casselles, Murray. Personal Interview. 30 November 2002.

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