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 accompanying style of jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller
Author(s):Escobar, Adrian Herrera
Advisor(s):Stephens, John Chip
Contributor(s):Stephens, John Chip; Carrillo, Tito; Solis, Gabriel; Taube, Heinrich
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:Jazz piano students spend most of their time practicing improvisation. However, in a performance situation, between 80 and 90% of the time, the jazz pianist is responsible for accompanying melodies and solos. Furthermore, convincing jazz pianists have the ability to think melodically when comping. Yet, the scholarly literature regarding jazz comping is limited to mainly information about chord voicings. This project will extend further to analyze Mulgrew Miller’s comping in terms of voicings, but also by focusing on relevant aspects of his work such as harmonic rhythm, his interaction with the soloist and the rhythm section, and how all of this relates to the melody. To this end, the document will meticulously analyze seven different tunes and provide support in the form of information extracted from three interviews with masters in the field. The intention of this project is to generate scholarly documentation that will help current and future jazz students understand the process of jazz comping. My hope is that this final project will be published, as no such work on Mulgrew Miller currently exists.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Adrian Herrera Escobar
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-12-15

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