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by Ann Tappan

Paintings ranges from delicate solo piano compositions to harder driven ensemble-fusion, always featuring piano.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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2. Both Sides Now
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3. Blues for a Bass Player
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4. Blue Boat
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5. Break of Day
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6. North East
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7. Yours Truly
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8. Utviklingssang
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I am fortunate to be deeply inspired by the many artists I’ve known in my life who have enriched my experience of living through their work. In recent years painting has left a very strong impression on me and as a result I have been viewing the world around me in a very different way. This has directly influenced my mood and feelings when composing, playing and arranging music.

Ann Tappan grew up in Montclair, New Jersey where she started playing piano at the age of four. After a brief romance with the folk guitar in her teens and a two-year residence in Europe, she entered Berklee College of Music to study jazz composition and arranging. She returned to New York in the mid-70's and connected with the improvisational avant-garde loft scene.
In 1977 Ann moved to Berkeley, CA, to study with ECM pianist Art Lande and became part of his experimental jazz school, first as a student then as an instructor. During her time in the Bay Area she wrote and arranged for many live and recorded projects and performed with such giants as Eddie Henderson and Joe Henderson.
1993 saw a move to Bozeman, Montana where she quickly became a busy performer and private educator. She began performing widely in the Northwest and Europe and since the move has made eight recordings with Montana artists.
Ann allows creative expression to span style. She cherishes great melodies and uses space cleverly, creating an open, modern sound. Her bi-coastal ties and frequent trips to Europe help keep her approach fresh.

“Ann Tappan is not just another endangered jazz species from Montana. She displays superb phrasing and a Shearing-like minimalist style.”
Jazzscene Magazine Portland, OR
“Tappan offers subtle and inventive chord changes”.
Jazz Improv Magazine, Grafton, Vermont
“Ann Tappan has a strongly elegant touch on the piano.”
Le Jazz Hot, Paris, France
“The unusual Great Grey is a piece in the wandering glacial quality of an ECM record.”
Cadence Magazine
“Tappan’s tunes reflect her affinity for complex harmony, a love for varied rhythms, and a decidedly romantic sensibility. Seventy-Five opens with a softly stated guitar introduction and then plows fearlessly forward, shifting between 6/8 and 4/4 meters.”
State of the Art Missoula, MT
“The "Tappan/Roberti Quartet" consists of four of the finest jazz players anywhere. Their sound is the 'state of the art' jazz that international audiences cherish and yearn for.”
Montana Public Television



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