If President Obama were to appoint a Boogie Woogie Czar — someone to travel the world promoting the rolling and rollicking Blues style popularized in the late 1930s by pioneers like Albert Ammons and Big Joe Turner — Cincinnati-based pianist Ricky Nye would definitely be on the short list for the appointment. Each year, Nye performs several dates in Europe and presents a unique Boogie Woogie piano showcase at the Southgate House, which always includes an international element, as well as some of the finest Boogie players in the U.S.
Now in its 11th year, the Blues & Boogie Piano Summit returns to the Southgate this Saturday, featuring American specialists Lisa Otey (from Tuscon, Ariz.) and Barrelhouse Chuck (Chicago), plus Spain’s Lluis Coloma.
Our hometown boy Nye, of course, also performs, while local musicians Brian Aylor (drums), Steve Perkakis (upright bass) and George Bedard (guitar) provide accompaniment throughout the night.
If you’ve never attended a Summit, the show is one of those “unique to Greater Cincinnati” events that everyone should see at least once. Though, chances are, if you catch one Summit, the skilled play and fun atmosphere created by the performances will have you back next year and beyond.
(Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.)