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Thesis 1

Thesis Title: The string bass in twentieth century jazz: development and evolving function
Degree Type: Other
Degree Specialism: Performance
Supervisor(s): Dr Philip Graydon
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: September 2011
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Dublin Institute of Technology
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1 (51pp.)
Thesis Location / Link: DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama Library
Abstract: This dissertation stands to outline the development of the bass part of jazz, through the history of jazz in the 20th century. Firstly, the antecedents of jazz will be outlined. Secondly, the establishment of the string bass, and the origin and basic theoretical aspects of walking bass will be discussed. Next will the conformation of Swing, the birth of Bebop and the separation of ‘Cool’ jazz will be delineated. In chapter two the Hard Bop, the Avant Garde, through Charles Mingus work and the Mainstream Jazz will be looked at. In the last chapter, the directions of the modern jazz era, and the bass players of that time will be analyzed, and compares. Also in the third chapter the modern walking bass and its technical and musical elements will be stated. This chapter also outlines the influences, which deformed the bass and its function. The birth of a new instrument: the electric bass and its history, and importance will be outlined through Jaco Pastoriu’s innovative heritages and its connections with other musical genres. The reformation of the bass, emerging versatility of the solo bass guitar, as a new musical genre will be discussed. Finally the importance of World Music as an influence on jazz will be explained.

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