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03-30-2005, 03:01 AM
Can you guys list good jazz or blues pianists or even songs. I want to open up my ears to blues piano solos and jazz etc so I can build my technique and learn to play better. :D

03-30-2005, 03:45 AM
Dr. John
Professor Longhair
Nicky Hopkins
Jimmy Yancy
Joe Turner

Johnny Guarnieri
Art Tatum
Fats Wahler

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03-30-2005, 07:02 AM
bill evans
brad mehldau

03-30-2005, 08:09 AM
Keith Jarrett
McCoy Tyner
Benny Green
Oscar Peterson
Thelonious Monk
Bud Powell
Tommy Flanagan
Joey Calderazzo
Aaron Goldberg
Lyle Mays

03-30-2005, 11:52 PM
Brother Jack McDuff

Herbie Hancock

Keith Jarrett

03-31-2005, 03:56 PM
How about salsa pianists?... that stuff is so awesome

03-31-2005, 04:00 PM
Someone mentioned Art Tatum already, I just wanted to add a "+1" to that ( and to all the others as well ). I have some compilations of Tatumīs music, and he is indeed amazing... what a great player. He was a heavy influence for Shawn Lane, by the way...

03-31-2005, 04:28 PM
Some Jazz pianists I like:

Uri Caine
Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Edward Simon

03-31-2005, 04:46 PM
There's a young guy over here (UK) who, if you know of Jools Holland, plays Boogie-Woogie style better!! (IMO)

His names Ben Waters and well worth checking out!!

04-01-2005, 03:28 AM
thanks guys for the help. I'm getting a lot better I think by listening to these guys. I've also been wathcing things on mag-rack, they taught me some Ray Charles licks which was so helpful. I'm also glad that there is finally a piano section. We made a difference! lol

Bob, I guess I shouldn't be using Limewire anyway but I couldn't find those ragtime guys on there and I absolutely love ragtime and swing, stride piano etc. I guess I'll have to......ugh.......buy their stuff lol.

04-01-2005, 07:56 AM
Finding it hard to believe noone's mentioned Chick Corea yet.

Very glad to finally have a piano discussion on here!

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04-01-2005, 11:08 PM
Sun Ra is more known as a jazz composer, but he's also a great jazz pianist. Besides the Arkestra things, I have one of his solo piano albums, 'Monorails and Satellites.'

04-02-2005, 12:52 PM
Don't forget Wynton Kelly

04-02-2005, 02:10 PM
Some of Jelly - Roll Mortons earlier stuff is more blues based than the later boogie stuff!

04-02-2005, 03:22 PM
Somebody mentioned Tommy Flanagan. He is seriously one of the best.

Chick Corea also...

04-02-2005, 05:56 PM

How could I forget this....er....guy???


04-02-2005, 07:19 PM

How could I forget this....er....guy???

Do you notice on the cover it says 'An AMERICAN BOY', wouldn't catch any of us Brits behaving like that.............................................. ........................
Hang on a minute............................................ .....................................
Elton John????????????
Do you think it has something to do with playing the piano????:D :D :p

04-03-2005, 07:28 AM
Billy Powell-Lynyrd Skynyrd, A very good place to begin with blues/rag/rock.

04-03-2005, 06:36 PM
damn, he looks the gay Dracula, or dracula on ice... creepy

"I vant to suck your....."

04-04-2005, 12:36 AM
why dont you just become a piano player if you like that music so much? seriously.

04-05-2005, 10:14 PM
I didn't read all of these posts so sorry if someone answered this already . Does anybody know any good Boogie Woogie pianists? You know, like Michael Kaeshammer.

04-06-2005, 10:15 AM
I didn't read all of these posts so sorry if someone answered this already . Does anybody know any good Boogie Woogie pianists? You know, like Michael Kaeshammer.
I did mention a couple earlier!!:D

Jools Holland and his Big Band, The latest album is a collaboration with Tom Jones and is a collection of coners of old Boogie, Blues and R 'n' B.
Ben Waters, only a young guy, but plays Boogie like a ninety year old dood who was playing before he exited the womb!!! In other words he's good!!!!

04-07-2005, 07:50 PM
ok kewl lol. I'm asking all of this because I want to improve my soloing and blues, etc. Does anyone know any specific blues/boogie/jazz/ragtime songs that are mainly piano soloing?

04-23-2005, 03:01 PM
Lars Jansson is amazing!

04-24-2005, 01:34 AM
Check out Ahmad Jamal. He usually leads his groups and theres lots of nice lead and fills in his work. Very soulful, melodic bluesy jazz. The Awakening or Live at the Pershing are good starting points.
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05-16-2005, 07:53 PM
Jay McShan - Blues
Nat Cole (Yes that Nat Cole) during his Nat Cole trio days- Jazz
Hampton Hawes - Jazz
Horace Silver - Jazz
Vince Guaraldi - Jazz
Ramsey Lewis - Jazz

06-02-2005, 05:50 PM
I can't believe noone mentioned TOM COSTER! He's AMAZING...plays fusion and jazz stuff...there's a great record with Scott Henderson and Dennis Chambers called "The Forbidden Zone". Get it! It's AWESOME!:)

07-03-2005, 03:06 PM
all of the above are great
i never missed a perfomance of sun ra in baltimore
in the 70's it was quite a show

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Jack Reilly is a pianist composer
he has a new solo cd entitled Pure Passion

he performed as a side man for years in new york
with everyone
what is interesting is that he has a species blues
series three volumes
vol i deals with blues and boogie
dealing with pentaonic for impov VERY insightful

he is on line at jackreillyjazzpiano.com