The Role of Piano in Jazz

Jazz is a uniquely American idiom that developed in the early 20th century as an outgrowth of blues and other musical genres. One of the most important of these genres was ragtime, an African-American makeover of European waltz and march themes, played on piano and syncopated (“ragged”) so that the beat of the melody played by the right hand fel…

Reflections on Black History in Music

In commemoration of Black History Month, I recently had the opportunity to speak with celebrated Yamaha artists Dan Rouse, Lara Downes and Terri Lyne Carrington about the legacy of Black music via their personal musical influences. They also offered their hopes for the music industry going forward — to not only recognize the past, but build towa…

Chuck Leavell: A Life In Music and Conservation

Mention the name Chuck Leavell to a knowledgeable music fan and you’re likely to hear about a first-call keyboardist who’s played with a dizzying list of famous artists over more than 50 years, including stints with the Allman Brothers, the Rolling Stones, Dr. John, the Black Crowes, Train and John Mayer. Mention the name Chuck Leavell to people…

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