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A Generative Grammar for Jazz Chord Sequences

Mark J. Steedman
Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Vol. 2, No. 1, Pitch Structures and Tonality (Fall, 1984), pp. 52-77
DOI: 10.2307/40285282
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40285282
Page Count: 26
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A Generative Grammar for Jazz Chord Sequences
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Abstract

The recursive character of musical chord sequences makes generative grammar a suitable formalism for describing the rules that constrain such sequences. A small number of rules are presented which generate the members of a large class of complex chord sequences that are generally recognised to be closely related, namely the set of jazz 12-bar blues. The rules are illustrated using a testing corpus of jazz chord sequences, and certain extensions are considered.

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