Ezra Charles announced his retirement from touring with his band at the end of 2014, but he continues his career with a new one-man show.
Ezra Charles has been fronting one of Houston’s better-known bands with his piano since the early Eighties, winning annual Readers’ Polls for Best Piano/Keyboards seven times. The band’s most memorable trademarks were his fiery piano style and his all-girl horn section. The music they played consisted mainly of songs written by Ezra that fill the ten CD’s they released over the last 20 years on their own label. After thirty years he decided it was time to do something else.
With the end of that era at hand, Ezra has revealed that he has been polishing a new presentation he calls “The Story of Boogie Woogie.” This show runs about two hours, during which he not only performs many of the classic piano pieces that define that boogie woogie, he also explains in fascinating detail how it was created in Texas lumber camps in the 1880’s and spread all over the world.
"Nobody doesn't like boogie woogie!" is Ezra Charles' jumping-off point, as he weaves the history of this bouncing, jiving piano format. Peppering the dialogue with his own stories of personal interaction with the Masters, he performs many of the most famous standards of this genre as he explains the relationship between Blues, Jazz, Ragtime and what was originally called "Texas-Style Piano." Accompanied by his son Jakob Helpinstill on percussion, they re-create the excitement of this favorite piano sound from a century ago.
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Patio seating is also available; back doors will be open to allow you to enjoy the music.
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