Three unmissable days of great music, great dance, great food, wine and accommodation…..
“Oh, goodness me, thanks SO much to everyone involved in putting this event together. We found it all quite overwhelming and, sitting in the wonderful creative space that is L’Espace, with the side open and the sun sinking in the soft night air, we felt just so happy to be alive and here in this favoured nook.” SP 2018
Deanna Bogart is an Iinternationally acclaimed American Blues and Boogie Woogie pianist, saxophonist and singer. In the early 90s she began her solo career and today is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and multifaceted musician who combines her dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.” which is spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless and fun. It has garnered her three consecutive Blues Music Awards, Horn Instrumentalist of the Year and a nomination in the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player” category. When she became the first woman to win the Blues Foundation award for her saxophone playing in the instrumental category, she told the audience at the awards ceremony, “As an adult, winning this is wonderful. But I can’t tell you guys,” she said, tapping her chest, “how cool it is for the 11-year-old girl in here.”
A gifted composer as well as performer, her debut LP, Out to Get You, appeared in 1991, followed in 1992 by Crossing Borders; a four-year hiatus preceded the release of New Address. Timing Is Everything was self-released in 2003, followed by Real Time in 2006. 11th Hour appeared in 2009 from Vista Music. Everybody Has A Story in 2011 and Just a Wish Away in 2014.
Drawing on a variety of musical sources ranging from Boogie Woogie to New Orleans R&B to swing to rock & roll, singer and barrelhouse pianist Deanna Bogart has emerged as one of the most eclectic performers in contemporary Blues and has played alongside, and collaborated with, many of the world’s most celebrated musicians including Jimmy Buffett, Moody Blues, Joe Louis Walker, Paul Reed Smith, Three Dog Night, Skunk Baxter, BB King, Buddy Guy, James Brown, Doctor John, Robert Cray, John Hammond, Ray Charles, Neville Brothers, Leon Russell and Monte Montgomery.
Lluís Coloma is Spain’s most celebrated ambassador of Blues & Boogie Woogie, combining traditional Blues and Jazz with an incredible left hand and a uniquely Spanish and Catalan flavour. Born in Barcelona in 1973, Lluís started classical piano studies at an early age. After hearing the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, Roosevelt Sykes and Alan Price he migrated from classical lessons to self-taught Rock’n’ Roll, eventually showing a remarkable ability for Blues and Boogie Woogie. From his early days this outstanding Catalan pianist has been giving powerful performances full of virtuosity and creativity.
For many years now, Lluís has developed a personal Blues and Boogie Woogie style, writing and playing his own compositions for numerous recordings such as Remember, Boogieology, Lonely Avenue, Boogie Portraits , Seven Nights at Central, Racan Roll, Boogie Wins Again, and Rockin’ My Blues Again. He has also recorded duets with great Blues & Boogie Woogie piano players Carl Sonny Leyland, Barrelhouse Chuck, Mitch Woods, Bob Seeley, Mark “Mr B” Braun, Frank Muschalle .
Lluis is invited regularly to play at many of the top Blues and Boogie Festivals both in Europe and Internationally including the Miri Jazz Festival, Voxstock Blues Festival in Belgrade , Boogie Woogie Festival in Beaune , International Boogie Woogie Festival in La Roquebrou, Boogie Woogie Festival, Lugano, Switzerland, Jazz au Mercure, and Caveau de la Huchette in Paris and many more. His magical mix is much in demand both throughout Europe and Internationally.
Paddy Milner is not only recognised as one of the leading blues piano players in the world - he is currently keyboard player of choice for Sir Tom Jones, following several years with the late great Jack Bruce - but also as a superb original songwriter and distinctive singer. His current group, Londonola, plays homegrown British music with a strong dose of New Orleans spirit. He has won the award for BEST KEYBOARD PLAYER at the British Blues Awards.
Milner burst onto the scene in his own right at aged 19 with his debut album 21st Century Boogie. The album garnered international accolades within the Blues world and beyond. Milner’s next album, Walking On Eggshells achieved No.1 in the official French Jazz/Blues charts and Dave Brubeck himself became a fan of Milner’s arrangement of his Unsquare Dance. After hearing Paddy’s third album, Based On A True Story, on French radio Ray Charles’ musical director Jean-Michel Bernard invited him to record his next album, The Curious Case of Paddy Milner, in Paris. The album delves deeper into a roots driven sound and shows his love of the Blues combined with a whole hearted embrace of popular song. It is as much inspired by Brian Wilson’s melodic pop symphonies as it is traditional Blues.
Milner’s album, Based On A True Story took Paddy on a worldwide tour performing alongside some of the most revered legends of Blues and Boogie Woogie. He and his band ‘The Big Sounds’ collaborated extensively with top U.S. blues/soul singer Earl Thomas producing the excellent self-titled album Earl Thomas with Paddy Milner & The Big Sounds. He has performed with the likes of Tom Jones, Jack Bruce, David Gilmour, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison, Phil Manzanera, Joss Stone, McFly, Boy George, Steve Lukather as well as the cream of the international Blues scene. He is a co-founder of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion which enjoys a monthly residency at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Club in London.
At age 7 Luca was introduced to classical piano and after two years, and having won 1st prize with advancement to the State Contest level he accidentally discovered Jazz, Blues and Boogie Woogie. From then on he became self-taught, studying in depth pieces of this music style and presenting them at various occasions with great success. By age 11 he was publishing some of his own pieces on the internet where they quickly achieved great popularity.
Luca recorded his first CD album Lost in Boogie in November 2013. A year later he participated in the biggest Boogie Woogie Festival of the world in Laroquebrou, France. In 2014 he released his second album New Way. Today Luca’s programme contains mainly his own compositions and interpretations in which he expresses his unmistakable, virtuoso style. He includes in these the most varied directions of music from the Blues and Boogie Woogie through Jazz and funk all the way to pop, rock and the classics.
With rising recognition, numerous performances at festivals, and concerts followed in his home country as well as abroad with big-name pianists of the genre such as Silvan Zingg, Deanna Bogart, Vince Weber, Bob Seeley, Frank Muschalle and Ben Waters. From 2010 to 2012 Luca presented his own concert series under the name of “Blues im Schaf” in Karlsruhe.
Lukas Koeninger, self-taught pianist from Austria, took his first steps in music at the age of 17 when he discovered boogie woogie in his father's vinyl collection.
Shortly after this he began to teach himself to play piano and soon was participating in local groups. In 2015 he moved to France and started working as a street musician with his project, Lukas et le piano voyageur - Lukas and the travelling piano.
Currently working on his first album, Lukas is thrilled to be back to play at the festival again for the second time. He will be playing alongside the other artists and assisting Deanna with the workshop sessions over the week.
Nikki is a vintage jazz dancer living and teaching in London at the Hot jazz Rag. She teaches solo and partnered vernacular jazz dances from the 1920s to the 1940s, such as Charleston, Jazz Roots and Balboa.
Nikki has performed various swing dance styles on the London stage and on television, most recently in The Tracy Ullman Show and in a new Gershwin cabaret.
Nikki wrote the stage show Journey Through Jazz, which was staged at the Arts Depot in 2009 and 2010. She advised on the jitterbug scene for the West End show, From Here To Eternity and recently co-wrote and choreographed Tales From the Jazz Age for Youth Music Theatre in 2016. The relationship between dance and literature is an ongoing interest and has resulted in her dancing alongside poets reading their work.
Individual & Group Instrument and Dance MASTERCLASSES
If you're passionate about creativity, music - and jazz, blues and boogie woogie in particular - then join our award-winning musicians and dancers for three days of intensive musical adventures leading up to the Blues & Boogie Weekend concerts. Whether you’re an accomplished musician or dancer passionate about continuing your studies, feel it’s too late to learn - or somewhere in between - this is your chance to discover your potential with one of our superb performing musicians and dancers/teachers in a fun, focused, and supportive environment. “Together you’ll tame the doubt and let the creativity out…”
There will also be a Q&A forum at the weekend led by the musicians and dancers to discuss the history and traditions of Blues & Boogie Woogie, to which everyone who has booked a class will be invited.
All levels of musical experience are welcome.