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#2447828 - 08/05/15 10:25 AM New to Jazz
Noonie Offline
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Registered: 06/02/15
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I started playing piano a couple of months ago. I'm really enjoying it. Following Alfred's book 1.

As I search online for stuff related to piano, I have listened to a few jazz piano solo's, trio's and larger ensembles. This led me to finding the jazzradio app for my iphone, and now I'm trying to learn more about jazz, past and present. Seems like a really diverse world though. As a budding pianist, I'm more drawn to jazz where the piano is a key focus of the song.

Anyway, if you're an experienced jazz listener and can pass along references to books (non-playing), movies, good websites, etc., I would be glad to soak it in.

Thanks,

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#2447881 - 08/05/15 01:01 PM Re: New to Jazz [Re: Noonie]
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Registered: 04/09/08
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Welcome to the world of jazz! You can spend a lifetime and still have tons left to explore.
I can't recommend a history book of jazz. I find most of them boring and would rather just listen. However, Ted Gioia's History of Jazz gets consistently good reviews.
As for web sites: Jazzwax is my favorite. Something interesting to read every day. There is also Do The Math, written by the Bad Plus's Ethan Iverson. Finally, as you begin to hear some of the jazz standards, look up a bit of history on them on www.jazzstandards.com.
Movies: The Ken Burns documentary will give a good overview and is very well done (if controversial to some for what is emphasized and what is left out). Round Midnight is a good fictional movie.

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#2456492 - Yesterday at 11:28 PM Re: New to Jazz [Re: Noonie]
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It would only be a little piece of the puzzle but there are some Dick Hyman videos on youtube that you might enjoy where he's talking and demonstrating numerous styles of some of the greats of jazz.

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#2456500 - Today at 12:15 AM Re: New to Jazz [Re: Noonie]
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You might enjoy listening through some of the tracks listed here.

http://forums.allaboutjazz.com/showthread.php?43449-Playlists-for-Newcomers-to-Jazz
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