The history of jazz piano continues with part two and provides a lens to experience the evolution of jazz from a distilled perspective. In this presentation, video examples will be used to see and hear how piano and jazz music has evolved from the 1940s to current times. Styles that will be discussed will include bebop and its derivatives (hard-bop, cool jazz, post-bop), Latin jazz, modal jazz, electric fusion and free jazz. Using the piano as an arbiter, we will examine the influence of other cultures on jazz and finish up with examples that demonstrate the reciprocal relationships between jazz and current styles like hip-hop and jam band music.
Eugene Uman is the director of the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, Vermont where he has produced hundreds of concerts and educational programs since 1997. Uman taught in New York City at the Third Street Music Settlement and is currently the jazz piano instructor at Amherst College. He also taught at UMass, Amherst and ran the Jazz Studies program at Greenfield Community College. He continues to foster a close relationship with the blossoming jazz movement in Medellín, Colombia having taught at el Colegio de Musica, la Universidad de Antioquia and la Universidad EAFIT (where he designed the curriculum and initiated the Jazz Studies program). Uman hosts a weekly radio show on WVEW FM that has given him the opportunity to interview and preserve over 30 in-depth conversations with renowned jazz artists who have performed at the Vermont Jazz Center. His latest project is digitizing and cataloging the 40-year history of the Vermont Jazz Center’s collection of audio, video and ephemera, including the archives of founding director, Attila Zoller.