Teddy Wilson Research Paper

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Teddy Wilson is a jazz pianist that emerged during late 1930s. His swing style was inspired by Earl Hines, which is a jazz artist in the early jazz era famous with his horn-like style when playing piano. Horn style, or linear is a style in playing an instrument by focusing on the right hand piano. Wilson adapt this style and later modify it into his own style by emphasizing more on the tenor voice, or by basing on the 10th conjecture of his left hand. Hines’ style still sticks on Wilson’s right hand as a short melodic octave passages. Wilson’s combination in style rather creates an elegant and refined sound of swinging piano. Later, Wilson’s style became a model for later-era pianists and widely known as the base for “cocktail piano.” Many big jazz artists have featured Teddy Wilson, including the King of Swing: Benny Goodman. After jamming several times with Benny Goodman, Wilson eventually recruited to join the Goodman’s Trio. This was the first time black and white music artists play in a same group. This collaboration partly signifies the abolishment of segregation barrier between white people and black people in jazz culture.…show more content…
Swing music is a type of jazz that was popularized by Fletcher Henderson in 1920s. It is the evolution of early jazz where it was intended for listeners who want to dance with the music, instead of just listening formally in the ballroom. The key is to use a syncopated rhythm so that the beats are swinging in time. One element of swing is the use of a model of arrangement in a band, or called Charts. For example, Fletcher Henderson uses chart to divide his band into three groups: Reeds (alto, tenor, baritone saxophone, and clarinet), Brass (trumpet and trombone), and Rhythm (piano, guitar, and

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