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August 20, 2014 5:14 AM   Subscribe

Pianist Jon Cleary is not a native New Orleanian (he hails from Cranbrook in Kent, England) but when it comes to the history and practice of New Orleans music, and piano music in particular, hell, you'd think he'd grown up on Basin Street or maybe next door to Tipitina's. You'll see what I mean when you watch this little clip, Jon Cleary - History of New Orleans Piano, and hear this masterful player roll through an exhaustive (and very entertaining) demonstration of the musical styles that the city is renowned and revered for.
posted by flapjax at midnite (6 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
That was really fun, plus I learned a few things. Doggone that guy can play.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:47 AM on August 20 [1 favorite]


The hand independence blows my mind. That's why it's guitar and bass for the likes of me.
posted by thelonius at 7:48 AM on August 20


To be fair, he's a really fine pianist and a knowledgable cat, but this isn't so much as history as a demonstration of lots of different styles with (for the most part) some mumbles and name-dropping connecting them. Still fun to watch.
posted by argybarg at 8:09 AM on August 20


The hand independence blows my mind. That's why it's guitar and bass for the likes of me.

posted by thelonius
 
posted by Herodios at 8:37 AM on August 20 [1 favorite]


what?
posted by thelonius at 8:48 AM on August 20


Thank you, flapjax. I was just down in New Orleans visiting family, and missed seeing Cleary play by 15 minutes. Got to hear some great brass though . . .
posted by pt68 at 10:57 AM on August 20


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