Publication Date

2017-12-15

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2017-12-15

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Studio Music and Jazz (Music)

Date of Defense

2017-11-14

First Committee Member

Donald Coffman

Second Committee Member

Charles Bergeron

Third Committee Member

Brian Lynch

Fourth Committee Member

Brian Powell

Abstract

Afro-Cuban music and jazz have had a very close interaction since their origins. Both music styles are the result of the synthesis of West African and European music. Improvisation is one of the several commonalities that these two music styles share. This study provides jazz double bass students with the insight into the origins and characteristics of Cuban music pertinent to double bass and improvisation. It analyzes the vocabulary of improvised double bass solos as influenced by Cuban music. It presents a comparison of several improvised bass solos from different historical eras in order to identify the characteristics of the improvisational vocabulary utilized, with the objective to trace a development lineage.

Keywords

Jazz; Bass; Cuban; music; Afro-Cuban

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