CURRENT PROJECT (2014)
CHASE GARRETT'S 5TH ANNUAL BLUES & BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO STOMP features three of the most demanded leaders in blues and boogie woogie from around the world today. Prepare to be blown away as Chase Garrett (Iowa City, IA), Ricky Nye (Cincinnati, OH) and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (British Columbia, Canada) hit the stage to bring you the best blues and boogie woogie show in Iowa City!
Utilizing two grand pianos, a full rhythm section and a five piece brass section the Englert Theatre will sound reminiscent of the bygone era of the 1930s and 40s. When swing music was at an all time high and America's popular music was jazz. A time when the likes of Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Billie Holiday ruled the airwaves, boogie woogie pianists Meade "Lux" Lewis, Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson were busy popularizing boogie woogie everywhere from rent parties in Chicago to Carnegie Hall concerts in New York City and blues pianists such as Champion Jack Dupree, Speckled Red, Memphis Slim and later Otis Spann were performing in barrelhouses and juke joints across the U.S.
CHASE GARRETT - Chase Garrett, voted "Best Local Act" in Iowa City, IA by the Daily Iowan in 2011, began playing piano professionally at age seventeen and within a few years was performing at blues and boogie woogie festivals across the U.S. and Europe. Having been heavily influenced by artists such as Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Otis Spann and Meade "Lux" Lewis, his style has grown into an infectious and diverse mix of boogie woogie, blues, swing and stride that is sure to satisfy any audience. Chase has dedicated himself to the piano not only as a pianist, but also as a technician, an instructor, an event organizer, and a producer. He has brought world class pianists to the Englert Theatre in Iowa City, IA for his annual Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp concert series and has taught master classes and piano performance at colleges, blues weeks and swing camps across the U.S.
More info can be found @ www.chasegarrett.com
KENNY “BLUES BOSS” WAYNE - Hailed by Living Blues Magazine as "An artist that is bringing the piano back to the front ranks of Contemporary Blues", Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne is truly at the forefront of modern day blues piano practitioners. Well versed in both New Orleans blues and Jazz traditions by way of his Louisiana born parents, Kenny spent most of his childhood soaking up the exquisite grooves and styles laid down by artists such as Fats Domino, Roosevelt Sykes, Professor Longhair and Pete Johnson which would later prove itself useful during his work with such diverse blues and jazz greats as Jimmy Reed, Charles Mingus, Eric Bibb, Jeff Healey and Joe Louis Walker. Kenny has performed all across the U.S., Canada and Europe and throughout his travels has transformed his signature style into a perfectly seasoned mix of Kansas City Swing, West Coast Jump Blues and New Orleans Jazz that is sure to have the audience only craving more!
More info can be found @ www.kennylbuesboss.com
RICKY NYE - Traditional blues, boogie woogie, and classic New Orleans jazz and R&B all come flying from the fingers of Cincinnati, OH pianist and vocalist RICKY NYE. The driving force behind the annual BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO SUMMIT held in Greater Cincinnati since 1999, Ricky has been inducted into the International Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame, Voted "Blues Artist of The Year 2013 & 2014" in Cincinnati's CEA Awards, and "Best Local Musician" by CityBeat Magazine"s "Best of Cincinnati 2013 & 2014" reader's poll. Ricky maintains notoriety on an international level, performing his infectious blend of American roots music in solo, duo and combo setting in locales such as France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Switzerland and England. Ricky also celebrates a long time performing and recording collaboration with "The Paris Blues Band," the very finest purveyors of swingin' blues and boogie in Paris, France.
More info can be found @ www.rickynye.com
THIS CONCERT WILL ALSO FEATURE:
- GABE MEDD - Trumpet
- GREG YOUNG - Trombone
- SAX GORDON - Tenor Sax
- SETH KIBEL - Tenor Sax / Clarinet
- SAUL LUBAROFF - Baritone Sax
- DAN PADLEY - Guitar
- CRAIG DOVE - Upright Bass
- SCOTT SYMMONDS - Percussion
PAST PROJECT (2013)
A BIG THANKS to everyone who attended Chase Garrett's 4th Annual Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Stomp at the Englert Theatre on Friday, November 15th, 2013! It was another fantastic year filled with lots of great memories. Below you can find the biographies of pianists that have performed at the Blues & Boogie Piano Stomp in the past. I always aim to bring you the best blues and boogie woogie show in Iowa and strive for nothing but excellence with this concert. I'm really looking forward to next year. See you all in November!
PAST PROJECT (2012)
Utilizing two grand pianos, a full rhythm section and a brass section the house sounded reminiscent of the bygone era of the 1930's and 40's. When swing music was at an all time high and America's popular music was jazz. A time 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 and Carnegie Hall concerts 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. This was another amazing year. Thanks to all who attended and make sure to mark your calendars for next November, see you all there!
PAST PROJECT (2011)
This concert featured both local and international pianists including Mark "Mr. B" Braun (Ann Arbor), Fabrice Eulry (Paris), Carl Sonny Leyland (California) and Iowa City native Chase Garrett. It also featured Craig Dove on upright bass, Dan Padley on guitar and Scott Symmonds on percussion. A BIG THANKS to all who attended and I'll see you all next year!
PAST PROJECT (2010)
This concert featured both local and international pianists including Ricky Nye (Cincinnati), Lluis Coloma (Barcelona), Bob Seeley (Detroit) and Iowa City native Chase Garrett. It also featured local upright bass player Craig Dove and drummer Brian Aylor from Cincinnati. A BIG THANKS to all who attended and I'll see you all next year!