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“The Story of Boogie Woogie” presented by Ezra Charles
Saturday, October 7
Jefferson Theatre
Doors 7:00PM, Show 8:00PM

Ezra Charles has been one of the most popular piano players in Texas for over thirty years, touring with the original-music horn band he fronted everywhere from the southwest U.S., to Italy and Ecuador. The band’s most memorable trademarks were his fiery piano style and his all-girl horn section.

“The Story of Boogie-Woogie” is Charles’ new theatrical show that traces the history of one of America’s favorite musical forms from its Texas origins to world-wide fame.

“Nobody doesn’t like boogie woogie!” is Ezra Charles’ jumping-off point, as he weaves a fascinating history of this bouncing, jiving piano format. Peppering the dialogue with his own stories of personal interaction with the Masters, he performs many of the most famous standards of this genre as he explains the relationship between Blues, Jazz, Ragtime and what was originally called “Texas-Style Piano.” Accompanied by his son Jakob on percussion, they recreate the excitement of this favorite piano sound from a century ago.