How do you create solo piano arrangements from a fake book?

Today's jazz pianists learn to play within many different contexts. They might find themselves in a big band, a combo, or by themselves as keyboard soloists. As soloists, they must supply the harmony, rhythm, and melody while only being given a lead sheet version of a song as a guide. At the professional level, this skill can be quite complex. Howe...
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It’s about time (we discuss rhythm)

My previous articles have discussed different aspects of dealing with sounds we make as jazz/pop musicians. These include chord voicings, blues licks, scales, melodic sequences, etc. However, the truth of the matter is that these aspects are only half of the big picture when playing jazz and pop. The other half entails WHEN all of these aspects are...
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ii7 - V7 - Imaj7: An essential building block of jazz harmony

from the series: It's Got That Swing: Jazz & Pop Geoffrey Haydon, Editor  There are many benefits to including jazz in a student's curriculum of piano study- not the least of which is an increasing understanding of harmony. Jazz harmony uses the European classical tradition as a point of departure. It builds harmonies using the tradit...
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You can't lose with the blues

The blues has been an important part of American music for more than 100 years. In fact, no one truly knows exactly how or when this indigenous art form originated. However, by 1912 it was well enough established that W. C. Handy successfully began publishing blues compositions. Vocalists, including Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, made blues recordings...
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