Harlem Stride Piano DeutschFlag

Harlem Stride Piano was the link between Ragtime and the jazz piano styles that came later, and all of the great jazz pianists of the 20s and 30s were proficient at it. Highly virtuosic, this music is capably performed by only a handful of pianists today. Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, and Willie “The Lion” Smith were the major exponents of the style, but younger players such as Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and George Gershwin all began their careers as stride pianists. Stride piano required imagination and pianistic skill beyond the reach of many pianists and as time went on jazz piano and stride were no longer synonymous.