the classical musician is a communication medium between a genius in past and an audience in present.
when you play a bach’s piece, you must do it the most exactly to bach’s score... and so you are transmitting bach’s moods and feelings... and you feel the satisfaction of being that communication medium from bach in the past to audience in present.
the classical pianist develops a powerful memory and must remember all notes and dynamics and expression of score for an exact interpretation.

the jazz musician is a spontaneous creator.
when you play an original theme or a jazz standard, you are completely free in interpretation... in voicing... in rhythm... in style... and when you improvise, you are creating music spontaneously.

the same piece played by the same jazz musician never sounds identical... because each time is a new creation. sometime art tatum before one of his first recordings said that his jazz pieces were converted into current pieces because they sounded equal each time.

the jazz pianist memorizes only a melodic line and a chord progression.... when is playing uses all the arsenal of elements in subconscious for creating music.
when you play jazz, you are transmitting your original moods and feelings to audience.

if you play a bach’s theme in jazz, you are not interpreting bach music… you are doing jazz over a bach’s theme.  so you may do a chord progression, a walking bass, rhythmic chords with left, and the original melody with right. you are creating something inspired in bach’s music.

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