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You are keeping jazz culture alive and well, and doing your part to encourage current and future pianists to experience the joy and vitality of the great jazz standards as each generation learns them anew!

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Thanks for being here - Together, we can keep jazz piano alive and well!

Hi! I'm Ron Drotos and I was fortunate to begin learning jazz piano in 1980, when I could still meet and learn from first-generation Swing Era players and Beboppers.  In fact, my very first copy of The Real Book was given to me by the great jazz guitarist Sal Salvador, who was a featured player in Stan Kenton's big band.  Later, I studied with the legendary jazz pianist Billy Taylor, and got to know the drummer Max Roach, whose signature is on the Real Book in my profile picture above.

That generation is gone forever, and this is why I'm making the Journey Through The Real Book videos on YouTube.  With each weekly video, I'm passing along the insights and understanding they gave me about how to learn jazz in a cultural context.  The great jazz standards in The Real Book aren't merely "notes on a page." Rather, they are inviting us to experience the musical vibrancy which produced them, whether they are stunning adaptations of Broadway show tunes or jazz originals.

Each tune also presents us with unique strategies and approaches to playing it on piano, and my teachers like Billy Taylor demonstrated how varied and exciting the possibilities can be.

By taking this Journey Through The Real Book, we're building a legacy. A body of work to inspire current and future generations of jazz pianists at all levels from beginners to advanced.  To pass along the encouragement and inspiration that Sal Salvador, Billy Taylor and Max Roach gave me, so the future of jazz piano is assured.

Enjoy the journey, and "let the music flow!"

Ron Drotos
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