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.

    Jon Davis

    Jon Davis has performed with and contributed compositions to many of the top jazz musicians worldwide throughout his career, which has spanned over 35 years, and has recorded many albums as a leader. Jon took up piano and guitar as a young teenager; he was inspired to play jazz after hearing records of Red Garland and Miles Davis. He briefly studied with Lennie Tristano then attended New England Conservatory, where his teachers included Ran Blake, Jaki Byard, and Madam Chaloff. After six months, he left to begin gigging around Boston. Read more...

  • Here's Jonny - Jon Davis Swing (medium up)
  • Just Because Of You - Jon Davis Latin
  • Loop - Jon Davis Swing (slow)
  • No Kiddin' - Jon Davis 3/4 swing (medium up)
  • One Up Front - Jon Davis Swing (medium)
  • Too Good For Words - Jon Davis Swing (medium up)
  • Waltz For J.D. - Jon Davis 3/4 swing (medium up)
  • 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)
  • Tommy Flanagan

    Pianist Tommy Flanagan was born in Detroit. The youngest of six children, Flanagan began as a clarinetist before switching to piano. While his early influences included older style pianists such as Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson, he was ultimately drawn to bebop and the playing of Bud Powell. Read more...

  • Smooth As The Wind - Tadd Dameron Swing (medium)
  • 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
  • Herbie Nichols

    Herbie Nichols is a classic example of a visionary jazz composer whose music was way ahead of its time. His life story and music have some parallels to those of Thelonious Monk, whom he knew well. Like Monk, Nichols wrote music in the 1940s and '50s that was much more advanced and idiosyncratic than the mainstream of jazz at the time. However, whereas Monk's music became widely known later in his life, Nichols did not live long enough to see such recognition. Read more...

  • 'Orse At Safari - Herbie Nichols Swing (medium up)
  • Applejackin' - Herbie Nichols Swing (medium)
  • Nick At T's - Herbie Nichols Swing (uptempo)
  • 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)