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While Santa put a Fats Domino record on the phonograph, Angelo, sniffling and looking a little confused, sat down on the kitchen chair across from Mrs. Reilly and Mr. Robichaux. boogie woogieConfederacy of DuncesFats Dominonew orleanspiano

Bowie’s Piano Man and Guitar Man

I had the pleasure of seeing maestros Mike Garson and Earl Slick in a relatively intimate hall (less than a thousand capacity) from two yards away. What a treat to see up close the skill of the original musicians of two of the most challenging and memorable of instrumental pieces. Needless to say, one of…

Prime Argerich: Liszt, Ravel & Schumann

Argerich in her prime playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Ravel’s Jeux d’Eau, and Liszt’s Les Funerailles. Franz-Paul Decker conducts the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Symphony (July 31, 1977). Classical musicLisztMartha ArgerichpianoRavelSchumann

Fess Up: Professor Longhair

Still in NOLA here is a newly curated anthology of the life and works of Professor Longhair (this year marks the centenary of his birth), originally documented by the late Stevenson J. Palfi. That “Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together” is quite true, but we are lucky to have had the Fats-Ray-Jerry summit from thirty years…