Richard Davis
Madison, WI

A poem by Martin
A poem by Emily
Dylan | Mark | Nick | Alice | Gabby | Marcus

Richard Davis' website

Richard Davis is a world-famous jazz musician. He also is a professor at the University of Wisconsin. Right now Richard Davis is interested in Irish polka. Richard Davis says jazz is mostly improvising. He uses scales, rhythms and melodies to help play jazz. The bass is the root of the music. The piano and the bass is a common duet. A piano, a bass, and drums can be a jazz trio. A guitar can also be in a jazz trio. Clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet are all jazz instruments.--Dylan

Every time Richard Davis plays jazz, he smiles. He likes it so much, he teaches it to other people.--Mark

Richard Davis is a famous jazz musician. For him, jazz is only one type of music out of many. He said, "In jazz, you've got to do everything at the same time." Which means, "Open your ears and eyes," if you know what I mean. For Richard, the most important tool to use in jazz is melody, and scale. You can change melody by high and low voices. There are three instruments that Richard calls "rock of the harmony," and they are bass, piano, and drums. The most important instrument in jazz is the saxophone, which Richard calls "the voice of jazz."--Nick

Martin drew this picture of Richard DavisThe jazz trumpet was made famous by Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong also started scatting. In one performance, the music fell off the stand and he couldn't read it. So he just made up the words as he went along. --Alice

A scale is a line of notes that goes up and down, loud or soft. Rhythm is how the music played. Some rhythms have long spaces in between the notes, and some have short ones. --Gabby

To produce the right sound you have to pluck, shade, or ?? the sound. Some other blues musicians try a fake, like they're playing the blues but they're really not. You have to feel the blues to play the blues. Usually when someone is really playing the blues, they close their eyes really tight and don't look at their fingers when they're playing. --Marcus


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