Mikey T’s Boogie Band playing their interpretation of the Cure song ‘Love Cats’.
Recorded live at the Fairhaven Lytham St Annes 19th July 2012.
Mike Taylor: Piano/Vocals
Tom Vernon: Guitar
Simon Goulding: Bass
Carl Hutchinson: Drums
New Orleans Piano
Here’s an aerial view of me playing the Professor Longhair classic ‘Big Chief’.
I love the syncopation of New Orleans music and in a solo piano setting where you can really hear the contrasting rhythms you can’t help but tap your foot!
This tune contains a classic left hand pattern that runs down a minor 7 arpeggio so in this example (in the key of C) the left hand plays C – Bb – G – Eb – C
Professor Longhair’s piano style is so distinct and influential, some say it’s partly because he taught himself how to play on a piano with missing keys, I’m just thankful for his legacy of music.
I didn’t have a gig this Saturday night so it felt right to record a little melancholy piano for you!
Most pianists play the tune ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ as an uptempo swing number but after hearing the lyrics I think I prefer a bluesier version, hope you enjoy the vid, please feel free to comment and share.
Sometimes even dogs want to jam some boogie boogie piano.
Here’s my rendition of the jazz standard “The Nearness of You” by Hoagy Carmichael, recorded 17th January 2012 at ‘the lunchtime solo piano session’ at Silantro in St Annes, Lancs.
Here’s a solo piano improvisation recorded at Barton Grange, Preston featuring two of my favourite songs, “All Apologies” by Nirvana and “Blackbird” by The Beatles. I recorded the video on my phone so the quality isn’t too great but at least you get a keyboard-eye view of things!. Hope you enjoy the video, please feel free to share and add a comment below.
The winner of the Facebook poll for my friends favourite Christmas song, Happy Christmas everyone, let me know if there’s any other songs I can ruin for you!
“Mess Around” by Ray Charles recorded live at the Galleon Bar in Blackpool
Solo piano recording of Moonlight in Vermont by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf