In this 1979 clip from Dick Cavett's talk show, jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson demonstrates how different jazz pianists and composers--including Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, George Shearing, Nat King Cole--would approach a song, as well as a few techniques of his own.
Playing a traditional, slow, Chicago-style, 12-bar blues tune can be a real challenge for a pianist. Doing so involves many duties: laying down a groove, establishing proper harmony, and creating excitement, all while restraining yourself to a simple chord progression and a five or six-note scale. With traditional blues, the only strict rule is there are no rules, only traditions. So let’s look at some of them.