BOOGIE & BLUES PIANO VIRTUOSO
Philippe Lejeune (piano)
John Valcke (bass)
Tristan Patigny (drums)
French pianist Philippe LeJeune is a perfect example of the mixture of jazz and blues which was especially an important strain in the jazz tradition, with a reference to pianist Memphis Slim. He plays blues and boogie-woogie with a light, almost delicate touch, and weaves subtle, varied right-hand figures around the solid left-hand boogie-woogie beat.
His repertoire ranges from classic barrelhouse boogie woogie piano to Duke Ellington and Horace Silver tunes as well those of Milt Jackson and George Gershwin.
Philippe LeJeune has released six CDs in the United States, made numerous appearances in various American jazz and blues clubs and festivals : Detroit Jazz Festival, Toledo Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Festival, Monterey Bay Blues Fest, Cincinnati Blues Festival, Marshall Boogie Gospel Jubilee..
Hearing LeJeune is like going back in a time capsule to the days before Rhythm and Blues separated from Jazz