Piano Corner / Piano Melody Transcriptions

Studying a piano artist's interpretation of a melody can be very rewarding and stimulating. Understanding all the nuances the artist creates can be difficult; looking at the transcription while listening to the performance gives you a deeper perspective.

    Kenny Drew

    Kenny Drew was born in New York City. He studied classical piano but soon turned to jazz. His recording career started in 1950 at age 22, first with Howard McGhee for Blue Note, then Sonny Stitt for Prestige. These two 1950 recordings plus a surviving radio broadcast with Charlie Parker (December 8, 1950) put him in the company of jazz greats J.J Johnson, Max Roach and Art Blakey. Read more...

  • Dark Beauty - Kenny Drew Ballad
  • Only You - Kenny Drew Ballad
  • Weirdo - Kenny Drew Swing (uptempo)
  • Don Friedman

    Don Friedman was only four years old, living in San Francisco, when he started playing his parents' piano. A year later, he started lessons with a private teacher. His love for jazz music was born when he moved to L.A. and heard the likes of Les Brown and Lee Konitz for the first time. Read more...

  • Minor Ballade - Don Friedman Ballad
  • Richard Wyands

    Richard Wyands is a remarkably gifted and precocious musician who is best known as a sideman. A native of Oakland, California, he started playing piano in local clubs in San Francisco when he was only sixteen years old, at which time he became a union member (with a sponsor, of course, due to his youth). Since the 1950s, he has played alongside some of the greatest and best-known American jazz musicians, such as Charles Mingus and Roy Haynes. Read more...

  • Down Home - Curtis Fuller Swing (medium up)