COMING STRAIGHT FROM A SOLD OUT TOUR OF RUSSIA
FOR A RARE EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT!
MAY 8-31, 2014
Boogie Stomp! the Stage Play is an evening in the theater with two of the greatest jazz/boogie/stride/blues pianists in the world. Together, they tell the story of boogie woogie, its origins, subsequent history and ongoing development, and how it relates to all of American music.
Boogie Stomp! is the story of relationships. The basic elements of the original American music that came to be called blues, jazz, swing, stride, boogie, rhythm and blues and eventually rock and roll are rhythm, improvisation and syncopation. How these elements are related to the various names given to the music over the last hundred years is talked about, explained, and demonstrated in a thoroughly entertaining and “move you out of your seat” manner.
The story is told by two of the best performers of American piano music in the world, who not only inform but keep the audience smiling and moving with virtuoso performances from beginning to end.
No matter what your musical preferences, you will find something to like in this evening of wide ranging styles that are closely related to each other through their basic elements.
Boogie Bob Baldori has been a mainstay of blues, boogie and rock in the midwest for over 40 years. He has performed hundreds of dates in venues from Detroit to Chicago, LA to New York to the White House for President Clinton. In addition to recording and performing his own material, Boogie Bob has produced and engineered over 200 albums. He also wrote and starred in ALMOST FAMOUS, a rock/musical that had five successful productions starting at the Boarshead Theater in Lansing, Michigan, moving to the Wharton Center at MSU, Les Idee in Grand Rapids, The Apollo Theater in Chicago and in 1998 at The Limelight Theater, Toronto. He also combines a law practice with his recording/performing career, representing many clients including Hubert Sumlin and Chuck Berry in the entertainment field.
Baldori has written a collection of original piano solos that will be published in October of 2005 and is completing an instructional book on improvisational piano and a book of over 250 exercises for jazz/blues/boogie improvisation.
Baldori started his career in the late sixties in Detroit with his group, The Woolies, and soon released a national hit, WHO DO YOU LOVE. In the following years, in addition to touring and performing extensively and recording on his own, he backed up Chuck Berry, playing hundreds of dates and recording two albums with Mr. Berry. In addition to Berry, Boogie Bob has worked and recorded with many other blues and rock legends, playing piano and harmonica. They include Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Luther Allison, Del Shannon, John Hammond, Hubert Sumlin and Bo Diddley. Along the way he developed a style of piano playing heavily influenced by boogie, jazz, and the relentless blues styles of Lafayette Leake, Otis Spann, James Booker and Johnny Johnson. If you like classic, no holds barred rocking piano boogie, this is for you!
Award winning Blues and Boogie Woogie pianist Arthur Migliazza began playing the piano at age 9. It was through his love of Blues music and his dedication to the piano that he came under the wing of such mentors/teachers as Henry Butler, Ann Rabson and Mr. B. Aside from these direct influences, Arthur spent many years listening to and studying the recordings of piano players such as Otis Spann, Champion Jack Dupree, Jimmy Yancey, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Jay McShann, Katie Webster, and many more.
Arthur has been inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, was a finalist at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, and has shared the stage with Albert Lee, John Mooney, Little Milton, Buckwheat Zydeco, Guitar Shorty, Saffire the Uppity Blues Women, Cephas and Wiggins, Robert Cray, Bob Margolin, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Bob Malone, Bruce Katz, Henry Butler and David Maxwell to name a few, in venues all over the US, Europe and Japan.
In addition to being a performer, Arthur began teaching piano lessons at age 15. During the last 15 years he has frequently been a part of the staff at the internationally famous Augusta Blues Week in Elkins, WV and Centrum Blues Week in Port Townsend, WA.
A common response to watching Arthur perform is “Wow, I didn’t know it was possible to play the piano like that!
Festival International de Blues and Boogie – Paris, FR 2012
Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Festival – Tucson, AZ2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Cincinnati Blues Festival (Arches Piano Stage) – Cincinnati, OH 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009
Blues and Boogie Piano Summit – Newport, KY 2005
Notte Bianca – Voghera, IT 2007
The “Big Gig” – Monroe, MI 2012
Phoenix Blues Festival – Phoenix, AZ 2010