Browse School of Music by Contributor "Spencer, Joel"

  • Song, Josh Jonghun (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019)
    Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell is an innovative musician who stands out as perhaps one of the three most influential jazz guitarists since the 1980s, together with John Scofield and Pat Metheny. Frisell was influenced by ...

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  • Binder, Eric (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
    The Bebop era is arguably the most influential era in jazz history. Bebop vocabulary was an innovation which grew from Swing music and would eventually ...

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  • Widenhofer, Marc Stephen (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019)
    Bill Evans was one of the most influential pianists of the 20th century. From his 1956 record, New Jazz Conceptions, until his untimely death in 1980, Bill Evans led a trio that would defy the confines and roles of ...

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  • Busath, Stephen Mitchell (School of Music, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021)
    Composers and percussionists are always looking for new ways to make sounds. The snare drum is at the forefront of this exploration currently, as it was throughout the twentieth century. There have been many solos ...

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  • Gobbo, Jose Emilio Junior (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020)
    This study investigates the musical elements that define the style of guitarist Toninho Horta, focusing on his harmonic conception. My methodology consisted of transcriptions and analyses ...

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  • Combs, Mikel Alann (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
    Jimmy Garrison was a composer and jazz bassist known best for his contributions to John Coltrane’s seminal quartet with Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner. The collective innovation of this group overshadowed Garrison’s ...

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  • Tomski, Ryan (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
    The goal of this study is to test the practicality and effectiveness of supplementing traditional jazz improvisation pedagogy with a method book that centers around rhetorical devices more commonly associated with the ...

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  • Schnorr, Christian (2014-05-30)
    This dissertation discusses the postbob-drumming contributions of percussionist, composer and educator Joe Chambers. The analysis of his musical style and concept will focus on the period between his 1964 recording debut ...

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  • Brooks, Robert D. (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019)
    Clarinet doubling for jazz saxophonists has become the “norm” in a modern context. There is very little in regard to formal or informal pedagogy available to help those interested in clarinet doubling. In my ...

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  • Bryant, Barksdale James Edward (School of Music. College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2017-04-07)
    Playing lead trumpet in a big band setting is a position that demands much from a musician. The skills necessary not only include a great rhythmic concept for the music and the ability to play ...

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  • Weiss, Howard Scott (School of Music, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020)
    The purpose of this thesis research is to present, examine, and analyze the improvisational traits of saxophonist Ed Calle across multiple genres. An extensive and thorough interview with Calle conducted by the author ...

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  • Madsen, Christopher Aaron (School of Music, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021)
    The Brecker Brothers band was a jazz/funk/rock fusion ensemble which began in 1975 in New York City. Originally from Philadelphia, brothers Randy (trumpet, 1945-) and Michael (1949–2007) began their careers in the 1960s ...

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  • Wheelock, Andrew Robert (School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
    The purpose of this research is to gain insight into the current state of jazz drum education at the middle and high school level, thereby identifying methodology that will better prepare jazz band directors to teach ...

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