Earlier this month we lost an amazing musician and person when Dave Brubeck passed. A frequent contributor to the “standards” of jazz, Brubeck’s compositions were only topped by his performances and recordings. His son, Chris Brubeck published a great piece both about his own relationship with his father and his father’s impact.
For the 30th Anniversary of the Blue Note, the prestigious jazz venue located in the West Village of Mantattan, there will be 30 consecutive days of celebration throughout the month of June featuring top notch jazz performers at various New York locations. Artists range from Dave Brubeck, to McCoy Tyner playing with Savion Glover, Chaka Khan, Youssou N’Dour, Roberta Flack and many more. We urge you especially to check out events produced in association with Revive da Live. Check out the full Blue Note Jazz Festival schedule for more details.
We are continuing our “Evolution Of An Instrument” series this week by taking a look at the evolving nature of jazz piano. The piano, which can be played as both a melodic, rhythmic and improvisational instrument, has been an integral part of jazz since the genre’s inception. In the early years of jazz, as the music migrated from New Orleans to Chicago to New York, each city’s players brought their merging of sounds and influences to the piano; ragtime from New Orleans, stride from Chicago, and swing from New York. Through swing grew the inventive sounds of bebop and hard bop and the creation of what we now call modern jazz. Pianists, who were also often bandleaders and composers, were at the heart of this transformation and led the way in creating new sounds, chordal ideas and improvisational melodic ideas.