Advisor

Landry, Dana

Committee Member

Kovalcheck, Steve

Committee Member

Bellman, Jonathan

Committee Member

Stewart, Connie

Department

College of Performing and Visual Arts; School of Music, Music Performance

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley, (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

5-2022

Extent

110 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This study examined ten transcriptions of improvised solos by trumpeter Blue Mitchell. Mitchell was a prominent performer in the hard bop style known for his tenure with the Horace Silver Quintet. The transcriptions were selected from recordings produced between 1958 and 1977. These pieces include “Sir John,” “Peace,” “Strollin’,” “Why Do I Love You?,” “Chick’s Tune,” “Gingerbread Boy,” “I Love You,” “Quiet Riot,” “Silver Blue,” and “OW!” The chosen transcriptions were analyzed and compared for common melodic devices such as motivic development, use of sequence, blues language, bebop language, and melodic quotes from other songs, which are all common elements of jazz vocabulary. This study illustrates the elements that Mitchell chose to use, and more importantly, how he chose to use them. The overall structure of Mitchell’s solos was also examined. Mitchell was a very lyrical musician and his solos tended to be symmetrical in construction.

Degree type

DA

Degree Name

Doctoral

Local Identifiers

Moore_unco_0161D_11018.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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