Stride Piano

Stride Piano - • Enjoyed commercial celebrity status o Own radio show in 1929 • Gorged himself in food and alcohol • Sold 400 songs o Some

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Stride Piano o All about the left hand o Related to march music o ‘Maple Leaf Rag’ Scott Joplin o Uses back beat 2 and 4 o Jelly Roll Morton Pieces structured similarly to ragtime Boasted he invented jazz Diamond in front tooth One of the first New Orleans Musicians to leave New Orleans ‘boom-chuck’ left hand One of the first musicians to ‘swing the rhythm’ Moves 8 th note closer to the next beat o Big Three James P Johnson 1899-1955 ‘Carolina Shout’ ‘Father of Harlem Stride’ Composer of ‘Charleston’ Early gigging in the ‘Jungles’ of NY working for transplanted South Carolinians Late night jam sessions in Harlem, competing stride pianists Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith Dominance of the LH Personality like Jelly Roll Morton
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Served in WWII Not as technically proficient as Fats Waller Fats Waller Perhaps most skilled of the big 3 Early years influenced by church music
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Unformatted text preview: • Enjoyed commercial celebrity status o Own radio show in 1929 • Gorged himself in food and alcohol • Sold 400 songs o Some several times • Most prominent ‘boom-chuck’ LH o Fourth Art Tatum • Some consider as best jazz pianists ever • Influenced by stride but not in main three • Almost completely blind • Early exposure through Toledo radio shows, eventually on NBC • Studied at Toledo Conservatory of Music • 1909-1956 o Principles of stride Maintain 2 beat bass Keep a backbeat in the chords played in middle register The composite of the 2 beat and backbeat create 4beat feels • Boogie Woogie o Always blues form o Consists of a swung LH ostinato, 8 th notes o RH plays blues and swing riffs Albert Ammons Meade Lux Lewis • ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues’ 1957 Pete Johnson...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course MUSIC 145 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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Stride Piano - • Enjoyed commercial celebrity status o Own radio show in 1929 • Gorged himself in food and alcohol • Sold 400 songs o Some

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