stride piano


: a style of jazz piano playing in which the right hand plays the melody while the left hand alternates between a single note and a chord played an octave or more higher

Examples of stride piano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a more meditative section, a gentle passage of stride piano lent a sepia tint to the two stacks of photos Soth gradually assembled like playing cards in a game of War, men on the left, women on the right, smiling couples eventually trumping the binary presentation. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 1 Feb. 2021 While Jeff Taylor’s stride piano bounces behind them (as does a burly background vocal courtesy Lucinda Williams), Plant and Krauss slither between each other’s vocal phrases – not so much like seasoned boxers in a ring, but elegant fencers wielding the weapons in recherché swordplay. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 19 Nov. 2021 From California, MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing and stride piano. Steve Lord,, 4 Aug. 2021 Many artists became friends of the family, including the stride piano master Art Tatum, himself a Toledo native. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2020 Many artists became family friends, including the stride piano master Art Tatum, himself a Toledo native. Giovanni Russonello New York Times, Star Tribune, 20 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, Tyner added rhythmic propulsion with his thumping left hand, creating something like a cubist rendition of 1920s stride piano. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2020 The stride piano playing, ensemble group playing, and intensely energetic and complex dance-music culture that blossomed in the clubs in Harlem went on to shape music-making around the world. John Adamian,, 18 Oct. 2019 For his part, Fortner smoothly interjected a few bars of stride piano and some Thelonious Monk-like abstractions. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, 19 June 2019

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Word History


from stride bass left hand part consisting of large skips

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stride piano was in 1952

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“Stride piano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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