The Pioneers of Boogie-woogie: Lewis, Ammons, & Johnson

When looking back at the development of boogie-woogie piano music, three pianists stand out. Their names are Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis, Albert Ammons, and Pete Johnson. They are responsible for getting the attention of the public and consequently increasing the music’s popularity. The first one on the list, Meade ‘Lux’ Lewis, was born in 1905. His birthplace … Continue reading The Pioneers of Boogie-woogie: Lewis, Ammons, & Johnson

Boogie-woogie: An Invitation to Dance

Boogie-woogie is, without doubt, one of the most complex piano styles developed in America. The pianist needs to demonstrate exceptional hand-independence skills and an excessive sense for rhythm and timing to play syncopated right-hand licks and riffs on the left-handed base patterns. Boogie-woogie piano music was often played at barrelhouses and later, at so-called “House-Rent … Continue reading Boogie-woogie: An Invitation to Dance

Shake, Rattle, & Roll

It was the co-founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun, who approached Jesse Stone with the question to write an up-tempo 12-bar blues song for Big Joe Turner. Little did he know that the song to be produced would be listed at number 127 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. American … Continue reading Shake, Rattle, & Roll

Jazz Album Cover Designs That Inspire – Part 1

My record collection is growing every day and what attracts me to purchasing an album apart from the music is the sleeve design. For this article, I dove into my collection and hand-picked my favorite jazz covers. Giant Steps – John Coltrane 1960 / Atlantic 1311 / Marvin Israel (design) / Lee Friedlander (photo) The … Continue reading Jazz Album Cover Designs That Inspire – Part 1