The Ultimate Guide to Contemporary Jazz Piano: Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series
After reviewing some essential chords and scales, we’ll dig into the voicing techniques and rhythrnic patterns that are vital for the contemporary jazz pianist. We’ll focus on “camping” (or accompaniment) grooves as well as soloing techniques. This will help you create your own piano parts on a variety of contemporary jazz tunes and progressions.
In the process we’ll see how contemporary jazz styles evolved by combining jazz melodies and harmonies with modem rhythms and production values, and how contemporary jazz then split into various sub-styles or genres. We’ll spotlight some important contemporary jazz pianists and keyboardists, and see how to incorporate their vocabulary into your own music.
Seven complete tunes in various contemporary jazz styles are included in the “Style File” chapter at the end of the book. All of these examples include transcribed piano solos. It’ s a great way to develop your piano chops within these different rhythmic grooves.
Good luck with your contemporary jazz piano!