2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

The Musical Artistry of Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard: A Comparison of Styles
Paul W. Hermanson
Prof. Tim AuBuchon, Faculty Mentor

Avid listeners of jazz can often identify a favorite performer after hearing a short musical excerpt, sometimes as short as a few notes. The educated listener identifies unique aspects of a jazz artist's musicality. For example, while in a particular chord environment, jazz artists may differ dramatically in their musical relationship with the other musicians in the ensemble and their utilization of the following devices: articulation, use of space, phrasing, time feel, implication of direction and tension and release. This project includes a total of four transcriptions and analyses of improvised solos from the two jazz standards "Joy Spring" and "Sandu" as performed by jazz trumpeters Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard. This work identifies aspects of playing that are unique to each artist's performance, are associated with a general style of playing such as bebop or hard-bop jazz, or occur due to influences from other players.

Keywords: Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Music, Chord, Musician, Jazz, Trumpet, Solo


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 16-4
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 10:30

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