Document Type



Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor's Name

Gary Campbell

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Michael Orta

Third Advisor's Name

Karen Seoane Fuller


Jazz, Piano, Trio, Double, Bass

Date of Defense



This thesis presents a recording of seven jazz compositions as performed in the author’s Master’s Recital on March 24, 2012. One of the compositions is my own, and four others are my own arrangements. The present 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. I have sought to explore systematically explore the multiple roles of the double bass as a functional, supportive, and melodic instrument in a jazz piano trio. The seven compositions present the full range of challenges the double bassist must face in a small group setting. I explore different approaches and musical concepts that enable a high level of improvised music performance, without disregarding its ties to tradition.





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