Performing the Early Jazz Style - Harlem Stride

by Eben Goresko


About eight years ago I began a quest to broaden my piano performance repertoire into the early jazz, Harlem Stride style. I previously studied jazz with a number of teachers and listened extensively over the years to a wide range of jazz greats from Charlie Parker on through Mile Davis and into the present.

After hearing Fats Waller's piano solo performances I was blown away. I decided from then on to learn to play as much of his music as possible. I proceeded to work up to the task at hand by transcribing his solos, through intensive listening and review of his performances. As a practical matter all of this required on my part a total revamp of my playing approach and style. I will write further about early jazz, Waller, and what I have learned about performing his music. This is my most recent recording and performance of "Handful of Keys". It is one of the great piano solos in history of jazz.

Handful of Keys

I also have included for contrast and as a change of pace, my most recent performance of a Judy Carmichael Arrangement of Hoagy Carmichaels's
"Lazy River".

Lazy River