Pianist Andy Wasserman plays Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge": homage to Maurice Ravel

submitted by Andy Wasserman on 06/28/20 1

This recording features solo pianist Andy Wasserman presenting his own "classical" inspired version the song to honor the timeless sound of both Billy Strayhorn (b.1915 - d.1967, pictured on left) and Maurice Ravel (b.1885 - d.1937, pictured on right). In "Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn," biographer David Hajdu notes that unlike conventional tune-based pop and jazz numbers of the day made famous by the musical partnership of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, Strayhorn's 1941 composition 'Chelsea Bridge' is "classical" in its integration of melody and harmony as an organic whole. He also observes that it vividly evokes the water below the bridge rather than the bridge itself. The piece is indebted to the work of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel as an impressionistic jazz standard, particularly with its use of chromatic harmonies. More information about Andy Wasserman can be found at his official websites andywasserman.com/ pianolessoncity.com/ Musical artist and educator Andy Wasserman has been giving private music lessons online since 2010 with highly interactive, customized and personalized programs of study via video chat in real-time for students around the world (all ages and all levels). He is one of only a handful of professional musicians certified to teach Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (LCCOTO) lessons for all instruments in improvisation, composition, arranging and analysis by George Russell, the creator and author of this world-renowned pan-stylistic music theory. Detailed information at this link: andywasserman.com/music-theory/george-russell-s-lydian-chromatic-concept Music visualization by Andy Wasserman for TransMedia Sound and Music #livepianolessons, #lydianchromaticconcept, #privatelessonsonline, #2020bestratedmusicteacher, #realtimeprivatelessonsvideochat, #andywassermanjazzpiano, #liveinteractiveonlinemusic, #expertSkypemusiclessons, #jazztheoryonline, #solopianoimprovisation, #georgerussell, #dwikemitchell

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