Essential Folk Songs, Spirituals, and Blues — With a Touch of Jazz
Among the reasons for the instant appeal and durability of folk songs, spirituals and blues are their melodic, harmonic and rhythmic simplicity and accessibility. They are passed down by oral tradition from generation to generation, often undergoing changes in the process. Having deep feelings in his heart for this material and having been inspired by his own background in jazz, jazz improvisation and jazz education, Lee Evans offers his own 21st century piano solo arrangements of these folk and spiritual classics. Also included are several original blues pieces, all written at the intermediate level with a tasteful touch of jazz. Lastly, a template is provided for students to create their own blues improvisation. Each piece includes a MIDI performance by Lee Evans, himself.