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Boogie Stomp!

Two Pianos. One Stage. 100 Years of American Piano Music.

Boogie Stomp! the Musical tells the largely untold tale of American piano music from its origins at the end of the Civil War through to today.

Essentially a music to dance to, and encompassing many forms, Boogie Stomp! tells an entertaining story of its origins, subsequent history, and how it has shaped today’s popular music. If you love blues, jazz, swing, stride, rhythm and blues, and/or rock and roll, then you’ll love Boogie Stomp.

Boogie Stomp! is the story of past and present piano masters, and the vibrant music that  emerges from their lives. This story is presented as a different kind of musical by two of the best performers of American piano music in the world, Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza, who inform, entertain, teach, preach, dance, and boogie their way through a performance like no other.

Theater lovers and critics have been unanimous in there fanatical praise for this wonderful, theatrical evening.

Join us for a rockin’ good time.

The music has been called a lot of things – blues, jazz, boogie woogie, swing, stride, ragtime, R & B, rock and roll among them. The basic elements are rhythm, improvisation and syncopation over a blues form. Baldori and Migliazza (and some times Bob Seeley and Martin Schmitt) play a riveting concert of American piano music that has been thrilling audiences all over the world. The sample listing below gives an indication of the many prestigious venues where they have thrilled sold out audiences.

Using a very singular approach to classic American piano music, Bob Baldori has developed a repertoire for piano that embodies the genius of an entire culture. With roots in dance, the material stretches from the end of the Civil War to today and shows how his contemporary performances are connected to origins in the 19th Century. At the same time, the performances make it obvious that this music is still alive, original, timely, powerful and still thrilling to audiences all over the world.

Bob Baldori - Piano/Harmonica
Boogie Bob Baldori has been a mainstay of blues, boogie and rock in the Midwest for over 40 years.  His musical career includes legendary performances over many decades with rock icon Chuck Berry, seminal recordings with both Berry and his own group, The Woolies, and a continuing recording and performing schedule with piano masters Bob Seeley, Martin Schmitt and Arthur Migliazza.

He has performed hundreds of dates in venues from Detroit to Chicago, Moscow to Rio, 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, and more recently BOOGIE STOMP!, a musical that has had successful runs and rave reviews in Detroit, Toronto, New York and many regional theaters.

Along the way, Baldori became a lawyer specializing in entertainment law and high tech startups.

Baldori started his musical 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 played alongside Chuck Berry, completing hundreds of performances and recording two albums with Charles. 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!

Arthur Migliazza - Piano/Vocals
Award winning Blues and Boogie Woogie pianist Arthur Migliazza began playing the piano professionally at the age of 13. 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, Albert Ammons, 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 and 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, and in his 20+ years of performing 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, Japan and Russia.

In addition to being a performer, Arthur began teaching piano lessons at age 15. During the last 17 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!”

Show Overview:

Times Square:
https://youtu.be/NXvn_vyheMY & https://youtu.be/mSf4lN1lyCs

Audience Reactions: https://youtu.be/PraKTphmgk0

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