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 MUSICAL LANGUAGE OF JOHN BIRKS “DIZZY” GILLESPIE: A SURVEY OF HIS SIGNATURE IMPROVISATIONAL VOCABULARY
Author(s):Schroeder, Nicholas Walter
Contributor(s):Associate Professor Teofilo Carrillo; Professor Erik Lund; Assistant Professor Bridget Sweet; Professor John “Chip” Stephens
Department / Program:School of Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):music
dizzy
gillespie
improvisation
jazz
Abstract:John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie has been acknowledged for his profound impact on the development of the jazz styles of bebop and Afro/Cuban jazz, however previous assessments of his improvisational style with respect to his vocabulary fall short of accurately addressing the technical nature of his mysterious trumpet playing. Published transcriptions shed light on the complexity of his rhythmic approach but also reinforce the difficulty in accurately interpreting his improvisation through music notation. This study presents a compilation of his improvisatory approaches through solo transcription. The selected solos, taken from 1956-1959, document his solo style and the subsequent analysis sheds light on Gillespie’s frequently used approaches and devices. This sampling of transcriptions serves as a jumping off point to espouse a greater understanding of Gillespie’s technical approach to trumpet performance that has rarely been assessed in the academic sphere—revealed through the imbalance of dissertations relating to other less influential jazz trumpet players. There are several topics related to Dizzy Gillespie’s artistic approach that have yet to be examined and the transcriptions and analysis within this study contributes to a better understanding of a significant actor in the development of jazz music.
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:University of Illinois
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90991
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-07-20


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