Happy Friday! Watch this 6 year old play Boogie Woogie with Count Basie

Sadly, he is not one of New Orleans’ native sons. But you can’t win ’em all. Quite a talent though! From Wikipedia: Frank Isaac Robinson (born December 28, 1938),[1] known in his early career as a musician as Sugar Chile Robinson, is anAmericanblues and boogie-woogie pianist, singer, and later psychologist, whose career began as aContinue reading “Happy Friday! Watch this 6 year old play Boogie Woogie with Count Basie”

It’s Mardi Gras! Check out this awesome free sheet music for a New Orleans piano classic..

I’ve been obsessed with Allen Toussaint’s version of Tipitina and Me off of the post-Katrina compilation Our New Orleans It’s a really refreshingly different version of the piece.  For reference, I’m going to link to a few famous versions first: Professor Longhair: Dr. John James Booker (Randomly, Hugh Laurie) So, here’s the Allen Toussaint versionContinue reading “It’s Mardi Gras! Check out this awesome free sheet music for a New Orleans piano classic..”

Van Cliburn, RIP

Van Cliburn died this morning of bone cancer.  He is most well known for winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 23 (in 1958) at the height of the Cold War. Here he is performing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1: Here is the media coverage of his 1958 win ofContinue reading “Van Cliburn, RIP”

The importance of listening to great pianists

Recently, I had a lesson with an adult student who was returning to the piano after a long respite from formal study.  She had kept up her skills by sight reading, so we didn’t have to remake the wheel, so to speak, when she started with me.  She’s strongly drawn to Romantic pieces, so IContinue reading “The importance of listening to great pianists”

One of my favorite pieces; Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2

Specifically, I love the first movement.  Unfortunately, my hands are small (can barely reach an octave) and my teacher in high school wouldn’t let me play things that I couldn’t reach, so this was out of the question for me.  I know, I know.   Alicia de la Rocha had small hands and still managedContinue reading “One of my favorite pieces; Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2”

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