Book Signing & Performance by Cliff Habian "Jazz Piano Essentials"
Cliff Habian began piano lessons at the age of nine and was composing music just a few years later with both classical and jazz music being strong influences, he decided early on to integrate the two genres into his own unique style.
A multifarious pianist, Cliff can play in virtually any style and performs comfortably in groups settings as well as solo performances. Eventually, Cliff would become s disciple of the "Third Stream" style.
After attending the Cleveland Institute of Music, as a composition major under the late Donald Erb, he accepted a position as Director of American Music and Department Head of Keyboard studies at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where he taught for 13 years.
He has worked with such greats as Joe Lovano, Freddie Cole, Frank Morgan, Jane Ira Bloom and many others in addition to appearing on “Good Morning America”.
Cliff was recently honored to play for the great concert pianist Lang Lang receiving wonderful kudos from the international superstar.
His international reputation began with a recording debut for Milestone/Fantasy Records.
Locally, Cliff regularly has or is performing at Nighttown, Johnny’s on Fulton, Johnny’s Downtown, Club Isabella, Blu Jazz and Taza.
“This is the jazz piano book many of us wish we had at the start of our pedagogy!”
NEW! 186 spiral-bound pages and online audio. by Cliff Habian. Jazz Piano Essentials includes a collection of riffs, patterns, and exercises as well as explanations of stylistic piano idioms such as stride, walking bass, rootless voicings, rhythm changes, blues, swing, bebop and others supported with transcriptions, arrangements, and solos based on standards. It also contains many intros and endings along with standard runs and fills. A unique compendium full of personal tips and secrets of jazz piano collected over a lifetime of study and performance. Classical musicians starting to investigate jazz or intermediate to advanced players wanting to enhance their skill set will find this book to be full of promise and absolutely “essential.”
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