I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos of jazz piano, and really enjoying it.
Im used to playing something more along the lines of classical , where im using pre written arrangements .
Im just curious for people that do or have done both, what is more full filling and enjoyable for you? Jazz or classical piano?
I've dabbled with jazz, but find it pretty boring. A little of it goes a long, long way. That goes for listening to it too. After one Tatum 'improv', I can pretty much guess what he's going to do with everything else he plays. Personally, I think 'jazz' is best deployed as part of one's classical arsenal, as used by the likes of Stravinsky, Copland, Shostakovich, Barber, Bernstein, Adès etc.
When I improvise, I can throw in jazzy stuff (chords & harmonies etc), and I can also 'jazz up' classical pieces (though never Mozart - he's sacred) for the he*l of it, but my normal improv is based on Classical and Romantic models. I find it much more satisfying - and fun - to sight-read 'classical' (i.e. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, late-Romantic to Contemporary Classical) pieces that I've never heard before, and discover new riches that way. And once in a while, I'll even discover a piano piece that I want to learn properly, that I never heard before. Sometimes, I won't even have heard of the composer before - for instance, in the past few years: Hélène de Montgeroult, Mel Bonis, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Dora Pejačević, Alissa Firsova.