Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:The Unique Contributions of the Drum-less Trios of Nat Cole, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal
Author(s):Turner, George Michael
Contributor(s):Professor Charles McNeill; Gray, Lawrence; Lund, Erik; Solis, Gabriel
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:The piano, guitar, bass trio was a well known instrumental combination in jazz in the 1940s and 1950s. The format was first popularized by the Nat “King” Cole Trio. The Nat Cole Trio’s arrangements distilled big band swing vocabulary and classical references into a distinctive chamber-like sound featuring the interlocking voices of the guitar and the piano. The drum-less trio was adapted by many other artists in this period, including pianists Art Tatum, Lennie Tristano, Oscar Peterson, Vince Guaraldi, and Ahmad Jamal, as well as vibraphonist Red Norvo, and guitarists Tal Farlow and Jim Hall. The format has also been revisited in recent years by artists such as bassist Ron Carter, pianist/vocalist Diana Krall, and guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg. Yet virtually no scholarship on the drum-less trio as a format exists. Also, despite the fact that this instrumentation is characterized by a highly arranged style, few transcriptions of these arrangements have been published.
Issue Date:2015-04
Publisher:University of Illinois
Citation Info:Turner, George Michael. The Unique Contributions of the Drum-less Trios of Nat Cole, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal. Doctoral Project thesis submitted at the University of Illnois Urbana-Champaign School of Music, 2015.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-04-22

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