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Jazz Piano
The piano is the ideal Jazz instrument. It is at once percussive, melodic and harmonic, combining in perfect balance, the qualities that in other instruments can be combined inadequately at best. Accordingly, the piano has long had a great importance in Jazz as a solo instrument.

The earliest Jazz style, ragtime, which flourished in the 1880s and 1890s, was predominantly a piano style. On the other hand, it took a long time for the piano to find acceptance in Jazz ensemble music. The great pianists were mostly soloists. Most of them started by studying European piano music, and many of them had lifelong ambitions to compose great concert music in the European tradition—from Scott Joplin, the most important ragtime composer, who wrote an opera, to Keith Jarrett, who has composed concert pieces for piano and string ensemble.

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