So, I called up Blues Matters Magazine, to list some solo and Iko's gigs, and ended up landing myself a writing job. Yes, I tried writing my first novel when I was about 15. It didn't amount to much, and was left somewhere on my dads early computer/ word processor. I visited and wrote a review of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival back in 2006, just 9 months after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was in a state of utter chaos, and its inhabitants - those who were to be found in town - were all unified in a state of shock, but the festival had remained defiant, jubilant, and above all hugely important to the city.
I haven't written for 10 years then, it seems. Well, I'm happy to report that this has changed. You will now find me writing "Radiating the 88's", a regular feature of all matters piano and keyboard related in Blues Matters Magazine, with a new edition coming out every two months. In addition, I'm looking to submit reviews and news of piano and keyboard players shows and recordings, so watch this space, and let me know if someone's music or talent deserves special attention. This is Blues Matters and this is the Facebook page to accompany the feature - digging up classic videos, sound links and further biographical background on the players mentioned in my piece. Issue 90, which has been out for a while now talks about the early pioneers getting blues piano down on record, the players who had come out of the "barrelhouse" tradition. Is barrelhouse the same as boogie woogie? Which came first? How and why?
Learn about Herve Duerson, Cow Cow Davenport and Robert Shaw, and find out why this style is less jazzy than early New Orleans, but forever rolling and tumbling pounding and striding. Forthcoming Issue 91 will celebrate the boogie boogie kings, and Issue 92 is going to take us right home to Chicago and the blossoming of piano within the small bands of the post war era. Enjoy and join in, and see you soon!