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Professor Longhair: Bach Of Rock

Just released. Allen Toussaint dubbed the late Professor Longhair the “Bach of Rock.” In an illuminating 2013 interview with Sound Opinions about Fess’ influence on his music — and New Orleans music — Toussaint said, “I say he is our Bach of Rock in New Orleans because he had inventions,” and demonstrated how Fess’ piano…

Booker’s Birthday

Today marks the birth of the keyboard genius, James Booker. Check out the Booker documentary to learn more about the amazing character that was Booker. Cheryl Anne GraceJames Bookernew orleanspaintingpiano

Booker Mural

Check out WWOZ’s A Closer Walk website. Whatever your preferred style of piano music, if you don’t know who Booker is, you really should delve into this amazing talent and one-off character. Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James BookerJames Bookermusicnew orleanspianoWWOZ

Martha Argerich as a child

Martha Argerich’s intimate relationship with Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor began when she was 10 when she performed the concerto in its entirety at Buenos Aires’s Theatre Colón with Washington Castro conducting Orquestra Sinfonica de la Ciudat de Buenos Aires. Martha ArgerichpianoSchumann