Another Kind of Piano Style

There are many different piano styles to choose to play from, but today we are looking at another kind of style—the physical and visual style! Lets face it, musicians have got style. With a swagger matched only maybe by athletes or a select few other professions, musicians make up a large portion of the style in this world. Thus if you're going to play music, you have got to have some style and swagger. Some are born with it and for others it is a learned attribute. Check out a few pianist who have mastered their own styles below.

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Eric "ELEW" Lewis

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"A modern day pop artist and musical revolutionary," Eric Lewis has made a name for himself performing with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Cassandra Wilson, Josh Groban, and most recently recording with Lil' Wayne on "IANAHB." The trademark armor, propensity for striking poses, and persona all amount to piano style all his own.

Bernie Worrell

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Being a member of Parliament-Funkadelic alongside the likes of George Clinton and Bootsy Collins has to  automatically jumpstart your own style initiatives and that is exactly what it did for Bernie Worrell. An innovator in the use of synthesizers and the idea behind "Moog bass," Worrell developed a definite style of his own sporting lots of bright purples, traditional African garb, and an array of headgear (namely cloth hats and bandanas).

Sing For Hope Pianos

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NYC Outdoor Piano

Did we say pianists? What we meant was pianos too!  The non-profit Sing for Hope created a program that put different pianos all across the 5 boroughs of New York so that the arts became accessible for everyone. “Through funding this inventive program and as members of the New York community, we are honored to be a part in deepening the role New York City plays as a thought leader in music and the arts.” The pianos just happen to be some of the most inventive and stylish around.

Kris Bowers

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Winning the 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition gave Bowers the opportunity to connect and perform with Aretha Franklin. Check. Bowers was also called into the studio by a recent collaborator Q-Tip to throw down on some tracks with Kanye for non other than the Watch the Throne album. Check. Now Bowers is on tour with José James in a run that has included the Tonight Show, Letterman, and venues all over the world with what can be considered one of the best touring bands around. Check. Moreover, Bowers likes to shop. Check out some of his style and chops below.

*Who do you think has the best visual style on piano?