and i'm just hearing about this now???

i wish someone had told me that a whole lot sooner.  

to think of all those years i wasted on jazz, when i should've been fashionable instead.
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where did you here this?  even if that is so have you not heard that it is hip to be square?
i actually agree with the statement.  i think it fell out of fashion with the populace. it seems to me since the 60's the jazz audience has been mostly musicians or people with artistic tastes.  so it became "hip to be square"

it was in the ellis obit.
i am so fashionable i guess i will just dump jazz, yeah right. i still get yelled at for trying to wear tennis shoes with a suit. i guess down deep i am an anti-fashionista. and i sure don't give a (insert expletive here) what is fashionable to the populace at large.
ok this makes me wonder if hybrid car owners like jazz more than non hybrid car owners. in fact i thought it was so interesting i just put a poll up on page:
If I'm not back in 24 hours, call the president.

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guess i'll have to learn something fashionable. can anyone suggest a good teacher of rap piano?
well you see there really is no such thing as a teacher of rap piano.  that is the really the challenge of being a pro.  there really is no teacher of billy joel or elton john piano either.  yah you can find someone who can teach you to read the sheet music of billy joel tunes and elton john tunes... you could do the same with any rap tune..  but that does not sound good.  the challenge is the same no harder or easier really for rap   well maybe harder for rap because most rap does not have harmony... chord changes.... the challebge is to arrange it so it sounds good for solo instumental piano.   but that can be done for any type of music.  i have even made "here comes the bride " sound ok once or twice at weddings.  and if you can make that sound good believe me you can make rap sound ok.
with rap i suggest maybe starting with rappers delight.  the bass line is so recognizable...  play the bass line with the chords in the right hand  and vamp a little bit and the audience is in your hands immediatly ..,  if you are lucky they even start rapping for you and it is like you have a singer on the gig ... it can be your biggest tune of the night and you go home kicking yourself for practicing giant steps for 100 hours again this week.
mike that's hilarious.
thanks for the truly enlightening reply, mike! who'da ever thunk that rap "music" doesn't have chord changes, let alone harmony (or melody)!  

come to think of it, here's a rap piano technique for ya.  
reach inside the piano and scratch one of the lower strings (the coiled ones) and you can get a turntable effect.
it's funny, i've only ever played the first five notes of giant steps on a gig, then everyone laughs, and someone calls another tune.  i get the same reaction when i play the first six notes of aqualung...
yes i was refering to playing giant steps on solo piano gigs... which always a mistake,  but a mistake i seem to always insist on making.  there have been few solo piano gigs i have done that i have not played giant steps... even wedding ceremonies... where i have signed contracts to play love songs while people are being seated in a church... get this story ... you will get a laugh.   one year i was playing a wedding ceremony in a catholic church and while people were being seating i was playing jazz ballads as contracted.  well as i am playing a particularly sensitive and laid back version of cotranes "central park west" a priest comes up to me furious and says to me loud enough for 1/4 th of the church to hear... "you are in the house of the lord ... play relegious music!!!"    i quickly responded at an equal volume... "father this piece is called "central park west" and as you know the pope himself is speaking there today!!!"  then as he walked away in a huff i sequed into a ballad version of "giant steps".
look i will die a poor man but my toombstone may read...
"he played what he pleased with the greatest of ease."
i was worried for a while that something had happened to mike as he was silent for such a long time. but like the phoenix he has come back and he is roaring. thanks mike, it is a better place with you here. now i can start trying to get you worked up, but leave dave frank alone, he defends you all the time, really, honestly, i can't understand it.
lol - great story mike!
mike my wife hates you now.  in the past week or so since you posted that comment i've been inspired to play 'rapper's delight' every time i walk by the piano.  it's ridiculously fun, but i'm sure it get's annoying.  oh well at least it's not 'straight no chaser', which had been my instrument of torture before this.
tell her to step in line ... she is not the first wife to ever hate me.  i have that effect on wives i guess.
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