stride piano

noun

Definition of 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

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In mid-career performances like Silent Tongues, a glimmer of Fats Waller–style stride piano will occasionally shine through, then fade, grinning, back into the foment of the music. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "The Deceptively Accessible Music of Cecil Taylor," 10 Apr. 2018 What do ragtime and stride piano, two early forms of jazz, have to do with the Cuban rhythm also known as the tango? Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: Tapping Out Some New World Rhythms," 5 Mar. 2018 And Oscar had one foot steeped in the pre-1940s stride piano tradition, and the other in bebop and swing. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown, two giants of jazz, to be saluted at concert by musical disciples," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of stride piano

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stride piano

from stride bass left hand part consisting of large skips

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