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|Title: ||Julian Lee and Kerrie Biddell: The Art Of Vocal Accompaniment|
|Authors: ||Bartolomei, Michael James|
|Issue Date: ||17-Jun-2016|
|Publisher: ||University of Sydney|
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
|Abstract: ||The collaboration between pianist Julian Lee and singer Kerrie Biddell exemplifies
the highest qualities of song interpretation in a jazz setting. Through the transcription
and analysis of their work I hope to inspire and inform musicians of the possibilities
that can emerge when interpreting songs. As is always the case in the jazz idiom,
slavish mimicry is ideally only a stepping-stone to a deeper and more personal
interpretation of songs. Noted jazz trumpeter and educator Clark Terry stated that the
three stages of learning were imitation, internalization and innovation. While the third
stage may seem a lofty ideal for most, it is certainly true that as accompanists and
singers there are many ways, through analysis and practice, to hone our skills.
Understanding Julian Lees’ contribution to the jazz piano literature through his vocal
accompaniment is important for all musicians in their collaboration with singers. This
aspect of piano playing in general has been neglected in analytical literature.
Lee’s work with Biddell is particularly interesting in the way he weaves his classical
influences and arranging expertise to create spontaneous orchestral accompaniments.
The career experience and exceptional talent of both of these artists combined in the
later stage of their careers to produce art of sublime maturity. This work seeks to
exploit their knowledge to the benefit of all musicians.|
|Type of Work: ||Masters Thesis|
|Type of Publication: ||Master of Music M.Mus.|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|
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