Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Music (MM)

Department

Music

First Advisor's Name

Gary Campbell

First Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Michael Orta

Third Advisor's Name

Karen S. Fuller

Keywords

Jazz, Jazz Music, Steel Pan, Steel Drum, Leon "Foster" Thomas, Jazz Performance, FIU Jazz, Modern Jazz, leon thomas, drums, percussion

Date of Defense

4-23-2012

Abstract

The Master’s Recital recorded on the compact disc that accompanies this paper presents seven compositions. Five of them are my own, and two are my arrangements of compositions by musicians that I admire. The paper includes scores of the original compositions and arrangements, as well as program notes that offer historical background, summaries of the form, and observations on performance practice for each selection. My goal is to demonstrate to jazz devotees and to music lovers in general the capabilities of the steel pan instrument within a jazz combo setting. Each composition exploits the full range of challenges the percussionist faces in a jazz combo performance. I explore different stylistic approaches and musical concepts that enable a high level of improvised musical performance on an instrument that is relatively new to jazz.

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