A miniature crystal piano resting on a piano keyboard DIANA WALKER

Bach Rocks was a program of J. S. Bach's keyboard works played in a Jazz Trio format. If you take these works and add a string bass and drums they can go from cool jazz to hot rock without changing a note or a rhythm. The program explored Bach's works from his teaching pieces for students, selections from the French and English suites, through preludes and fugues from his monumental work the Well Tempered Clavier. The difficulty level of a piece is marked with 𝅘𝅥𝅮. One 𝅘𝅥𝅮 means most people could play it in the first year of study, the more 𝅘𝅥𝅮s the higher the level of difficulty. They are a relative guide only. Some people will play these sooner, some later depending on many different factors.

All pieces are performed by
Diana Walker, Lorree Gardener, and LaMont Atkinson, Jr.

Lorree Gardener played two notes in the eighth grade and fell in love with string bass. She worked in L.A. for many years before settling in Olympia where she performs with a variety of different bands. LaMont Atkinson, Jr. was introduced to Drums/Percussion in fifth grade in an African Dance Ensemble. He not only performs with several different bands, but also heads up his own Music Studio and Production Company.

I'm so grateful to these two extraordinary musicians who were willing to try something different with the Bach works.

Bach began many of his scores with the initials JJ (Jesu Juva "Jesus help") and ended them with SDG (Soli Deo Gloria "To God Alone the Glory")


𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮 Minuet in G Major (Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook)

𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮 March in D Major (Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook)

𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮 Fugue No. 2 in C Minor (Book I WTC)

𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮𝅘𝅥𝅮 Prelude No. 18 in F-sharp Minor (Book II WTC)