...A singular piano talent, Early Hines’s unique style led many of his contemporaries to note that he had significantly changed the instrument’s role in jazz. Born in 1903 outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, both of Hines’s parents were musical....
...Next to James P. Johnson and Thomas “Fats” Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith was a jazz pianist during the early beginnings of jazz. Smith was renowned for his mastery of the “Harlem stride” piano style around the early to mid-twentieth...
...Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller was a jazz pianist and a popular comedic entertainer with a matching personality. Born on May 21, 1904, in Harlem, New York, Waller learned to play the piano at age six in his school orchestra. In later years, he...
Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII: Genres: North America
The Continuum International, 2012
...The term ‘stride’ refers to a jazz piano style developed by African-American musicians and popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It is characterized by a constantly moving (or ‘striding’) four-to-the-bar left hand, typically alternating deep bass...
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