Learning from Barry Harris

Written by user on November 5, 2015

Barry Harris (photo: Mirko Caserta)

Pianist, composer, music theorist, and educator Barry Harris is one of our last links to the extraordinary and rich BeBop tradition pioneered by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and more.

What’s lucky for us, however, is that Barry Harris (sometimes nicknamed “Coach”), has worked tirelessly to impart his knowledge to other musicians for decades, holding court in a weekly lesson series. For those in the NYC area, this is an essential event to check out. recently …

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Reading Lists, Continued

Written by user on October 6, 2014

Earlier this year, we posted a list of recommended reading material on Jazz History, selected by our curator Phil Schaap. If you haven’t seen the list, you can check it out here.

You may have noticed that list stops at about 1940. We don’t want to leave out any styles, so here we go with our Reading List, Part 2!

1)┬áMasters of Bebop: A Listener’s Guide by Ira Gitler
Gitler is a legend amongst Jazz authors, and in reading this book, it’s easy …

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Thelonious Monk

Written by user on October 15, 2013

This month, the pianist and composer Thelonious Monk would have celebrated his 96th birthday. While his singular style of piano playing is not necessarily considered BeBop, he is nevertheless sometimes referred to as the “High Priest of Bop,” and his many compositions are canonical in BeBop repertoire (as well as Swing, Hard Bop, and many other styles).

In these videos, pianist Eric Reed pays tribute to Monk in various ways. In this video, he explains Monk’s importance in jazz. In other …

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