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This book presents a concise history of jazz piano. In 13 hands on lessons and four bonus performances, Dick Hyman explores the styles, vocabulary, and performers who have drined and shaped this elusive American art form over the last century. Starting with the pre-ragtime music of Louis Moreau Gottchalk and ragtime of Scott Joplin, and ending with the advanced scale types of Nicholas Slonimsky and muysic of McCoy Tyner, Mr. Hyman discusses and demonstrates the astonishing variety of jazz piano improvisation and the people and techniques that have shaped its evolution. The included DVD, showing all 13 lessons and four bonus performances is filled with closeups of Mr. Hyman's hands as he plays and discusses these techniques. This fascinating package also features a preface and autobiography of Hyman.