Advisor

Dahlke, Andrew

Committee Member

Caffey, H. David

Committee Member

White, James

Department

Music

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2-2015

Genre

Thesis

Extent

187 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This study provides an overview of the musical style of Charles McPherson, one of the most artistically accomplished and highly regarded saxophonists to emerge from the post-bebop era. It includes biographical information that is relevant to his musical development and career and an analysis of key stylistic features of his saxophone playing and improvising. These stylistic features are represented in ten accompanying solo transcriptions. The musical analysis in this study is divided into the following categories: Sonic Characteristics; Rhythmic Approach; Melodic and Harmonic Elements; and Phrasing and Solo Organization. Elements from these categories are presented with theoretical explanations, general descriptions of their application, transcription excerpts, and original musical examples. The resulting body of research highlights the unique characteristics of McPherson’s jazz saxophone style, and it provides historical, musical, and pedagogical contributions to jazz scholarship.

Degree type

D.A.

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Norton_unco_0161D_10445.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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