*PROJECT 142 CONCERT*
Saturday – February 24, 2018 – 8:00p. – 10:00p.- DiMenna Center – NYC – ARTHUR MIGLIAZZA “BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO, THEN & NOW” – 450 West 37th St. (between 9th & 10th Aves. – on 10th Ave. end) – Benzaquen Hall (elevator to 1st floor) – 10018.
Doors open 7:30p.
Arthur Migliazza – Pianist – www.arthurmigliazza.com
Show Title: Boogie Woogie Piano, Then & Now
Award winning pianist Arthur Migliazza brings the Boogie Woogie & Blues piano tradition back to life through truly unbelievable piano playing & incredibly engaging storytelling. This living historian takes you on a one of a kind journey through the origins of this extremely influential & important African American music & uncovers its connections & relevance to all of American pop music that followed, including Jazz & Rock & Roll. But this is no mere history lesson, Arthur Migliazza is a virtuoso pianist who grew up playing Boogie Woogie & Blues piano, learning directly from several contemporary masters in the style.
From the back streets & back woods in the later part of the 19th century, Boogie Woogie could be heard in its crude beginnings emanating from the barrelhouses, honky-tonks & juke joints throughout the South. If one had more skill as a piano player, & some knowledge of music & harmony, then one could make a better living playing Ragtime music in more urban “gilded places”. Over time, Boogie Woogie became more complex & refined, & made its way into the cities, eventually spreading North to places like Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit & NYC.
In the 1940’s Boogie Woogie reached its peak of popularity, becoming a national craze & creating several international stars including Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson & Meade Lux Lewis, who became known as the Kings of the style. By the 1950’s, Boogie Woogie as a brand had faded from popularity, but its elements – the driving dance rhythms, the relentless backbeat, the suspended rhythm breaks, the improvisation & syncopation – did not fade from American pop music. Instead, they were transformed & became the backbone of Big Band Jazz & Rock & Roll. Indeed, they are still present today!
WATCH this story come to life with comical & insightful anecdotes about some of the key players in Boogie Woogies’s history, as well as LIVE performances by one of the style’s few living masters! This Show has been met with overwhelming positive responses from every audience who has seen Arthur perform.
Concert Donation – TBA
Doors open 7:30p.
Refreshments provided by Project 142
Street parking after 7:00p.