Chase Garrett’s “1st Annual Blues and Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp“ features four of the most demanded leaders in blues and boogie woogie piano from around the world today! Prepare to be blown away as Ricky Nye, Chase Garrett, Bob Seeley and Lluis Coloma hit the stage to bring you the best blues and boogie woogie show in Iowa City!
Utilizing two grand pianos and a rhythm section consisting of Brian Aylor on drums and Craig Dove on the upright bass, the house sounded reminiscent of the 1930′s and 40′s, when the likes of Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson otherwise known as “the boogie woogie boys” were popularizing this style of music at rent parties, Carnegie Hall concerts and other venues such as Jazz the Philharmonic while blues pianists such as Jay McShann, Leroy Carr, Big Joe Turner and later Otis Spann were playing in barrelhouses and juke joints across the U.S.
LLUIS COLOMA (Barcelona, Spain) has made numerous recordings with today’s top blues and boogie woogie pianists and having performed in such places as Germany, France, Malaysia, Switzerland and Madrid is much demanded in Europe. He has received many awards including “Best Catalan Musician” in 2003 and “Artista BluesCat” in 2006. His unique approach to boogie woogie and powerful original blues performances have made him a force to be reckoned with as well as have earned him numerous invitations to perform in the U.S.
RICKY NYE (Cincinnati, OH) Blues, boogie woogie and classic New Orleans R&B all come flying from the fingers of Cincinnati, Ohio piano man RICKY NYE. The driving force behind the annual BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO SUMMIT held in Northern Kentucky and recipient of numerous awards given by CityBeat Magazine and The Cincinnati Enquirer, Ricky regularly performs his infectious blend of American roots music at concerts and clubs throughout the U.S. and at European destinations such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands and England.
CHASE GARRETT (Iowa City, IA) is currently a student at Kirkwood Community College where he was awarded, “Musician of the Year” in 2009 and “Best Piano Solo” at the 2009 and 2011 Elmhearst Jazz Festival in Chicago. Chase has performed in such places as Cincinnati, Michigan, California, and Spain as well as alongside some of today’s best boogie woogie, blues and jazz pianists such as Axel Zwingenberger, Carl Sonny Leyland and Michael Kaeshammer. Chase Garrett, having been invited to perform overseas again later this year, is quickly making a name for himself on the boogie woogie circuit.
BOB SEELEY (Detroit, MI) is currently one of the most demanded boogie woogie pianists in the world. He has performed in Europe over 56 times, Carnegie Hall in New York City 3 times with Ray Bryant and is currently in the boogie woogie hall of fame. He has been featured in books, magazines, movies and television as well as made countless recordings with some of the best pianists the world has to offer. He was also personal friends with and performed alongside some of the world’s greatest jazz pianists including Art Tatum and Meade Lux Lewis.
If you love boogie woogie and blues then you're going to love this album! The high energy of boogie woogie piano and sultry sound of the blues are sure to quench your thirst for some good music!
This concert also featured:
Craig Dove (upright bass)
Brian Aylor (percussion)
"Chase Garrett’s heart beats for another century, but the boogie woogie piano man is determined to make strides in this one." - Hoopla Magazine
"Chase Garrett's hands arch like the spine of a frightened black cat as his fingers fly up and down the piano keys. He pounds away on the ebony and ivory, playing riffs, slides, and shuffles with precision. The smile on his face and the tapping of his right foot in a black and white Converse sneaker remain constant as the chords spill out." - The Daily Iowan