Below is amazing American classic that’s now part of London’s ABRSM (Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music) exam repertoire. Unlike Toronto’s RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music), there is less emphasis on strict music theory requirements to complete the practical exams for the upper levels and beyond. Fewer rules mean fewer restrictions on innovation beyond classicism as well as personal expression and interpretation.

This is the man who started it all – George Gershwin. This is the man who started the jazz movement in the United States that soon overtook the world by storm. The jazz movement was pivotal in the development of contemporary and popular (pop) music in the United States and the rest of the world.

Below is Leon Bates’ amazing arrangement of the piece.

And who can forget Gene Kelly in An American in Paris? Gershwin transcribed the song for the vocals and the orchestra.

Gershwin also inspired the beginnings of Shanghai Jazz in 1930s Republican China.