In honour of Sonny Stitt who showed me this as a kid I present the following. Sonny learned them from Bud Powell.
1. Right hand plays the melody
2. Left hand comps the Be-bop shells of Root/7th, or Root/3rd. Select the more dissonant choice.
3. For a complete PDF file of the left hand chords, click on this sentence.
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Bud Powell's Anthropology He plays the head in two hands an octave apart. One of my Berklee teachers, Dean Earl, had me play Charlie Parker Solos like that. During the solo Powell comps lightly in the left hand using what appears to be Sonny's thumbs.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.