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Early Jazz Piano Styles Introduction Jazz was introduced in 1932, or was at its hype and popularity since Europe transformed the period of Depression into a day of rebirth, celebration, and vigor in most fields of art, an era called the Renaissance. Although Europe was quite popular in its musical invention and innovation before World War I took place, jazz music had its popularity in the United States (Schuller 3).


With Bennie Moten’s innovation, jazz piano incorporated some blues in it which accounted for the “blues-rooted modern jazz” (Schuller 4). Gioia’s account brought up the influence of Mexican band performers to the birth of jazz in Kansas City, New Orleans (7). It was during the time when the Louisiana Purchase only resulted to a one-eighth Anglo-Saxon population and the Latin Americans dominated in numbers in the said area (Gioia 6). Decades passed, and the influence of African-Americans grew to be more noticeable with the introduction of rhythm and blues. In fact, modern jazz is described as a hybrid of various Latin and African-American music genres, such as Broadway music, pop, blues, samba, reggae, funk, and other symphony music (Gioia 8). This essay follows the discussion of various musical works in jazz piano and descriptions of each popular jazz work in history. In particular, it discusses the popular Stride Ragtime, specifically the Harlem stride piano, Boogie Woogie, Earl Hines’ jazz piano pieces, and G. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Descriptions of these masterpieces will also be supported by some music authors’ perception of their music for validation and complementary interpretation. ...
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