Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Joe Henderson: An analysis of harmony in selected compositions and improvisations
by White, Arthur Lynn, D.M.A., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2008, 123; 3307327
Abstract (Summary)

The main goal of this dissertation was to demonstrate Joe Henderson as a seminal figure in jazz history; a position that, despite his importance among jazz musicians, typically is lost when compared with many of his contemporaries. Three compositions and subsequent improvisations were selected for analysis. These pieces are among Henderson's most well-known compositions, and were selected because they represent the compositions most likely to be studied when one is first exposed to Joe Henderson. New transcriptions of the improvisations from each piece were created. A biographical sketch was also created.

The second goal of this research was to elucidate the harmonic style of Joe Henderson's improvisations. The analysis supported the contention that Henderson was an improviser strongly influenced by bebop jazz while also equally displaying harmonic techniques considered as avant-garde for the period. Each improvised solo demonstrated characteristics of bebop as well as freer forms of jazz performance, equally displaying tonally strong bebop motives with techniques that were in contrast to the prescribed harmonic function of the compositions. The results of each solo portrays Joe Henderson as a jazz soloist firmly imbedded between two contrasting styles of jazz performance, making him both a significant contributor to the movement of the jazz field as well as an artist worthy of significant study and clarification.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stusek, Steven C., Burke, Kelly J.
Commitee: Eby, Chad, Salmon, John
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: School of Music
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 69/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Biographies, Music
Keywords: Harmony, Henderson, Joe, Improvisations, Jazz, Jazz composition, Jazz history, Jazz improvisation, Saxophone
Publication Number: 3307327
ISBN: 978-0-549-56014-2
Copyright © 2021 ProQuest LLC. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Cookie Policy