viernes, 29 de abril de 2016

JULIA LEE





                            JULIA LEE , es una de nuestras artistas preferidas , como pianista y como cantante, no en vano hemos hablado de ella en otras ocasiones en SENTIR EL BLUES., fué una pianista excelente, y una cantante con un estilo propio , diríamos que creó su  manera de entender la música con el piano y la voz y dejó escrita una página de oro en la historia del R&B , Blues y abrió el camino del R' n ' R , como podéis leer más abajo en la reseña de Gérard Herzhaft que aparece en La Gran Enciclopedia del Blues, de momento ahí tenéis unos Boogies sensacionales 


                                                         



                                                         




                                                     

 Portada de una de las compilaciones más completas de la artista que apareció en el mercado con el sello de PROPER RECORDS LTD. , en 2004 - Made In Englad. 


Julia Lee, nació en Booneville , Misuri el 31 de Octubre de 1902 , dejándonos muy joven también en Misouri, esta vez en Saint Louis el 8 de Diciembre de 1958 .
JULIA LEE, fué una de las artistas más importantes de Kansas City entre los años 1944 y 1952. Heredera de las cantantes de Blues y Jazz de preguerra, también desarrolló un estilo de R&B , potente y ligero, que anunciaba algunos aspectos del futuro Rock and Roll . Es una cantante con un amplio registro, realiza composiciones con insinuaciones bastante pícaras; pero , por encima de todo, es una pianista formidable en la línea de la gran ciudad de Misuri , el equivalente femenino a Jay McShann, con el cual colaboró en repetidas ocasiones . Julia LEE empezó su carrera cantando y tocando el piano en la gran orquesta de su hermano George E.Lee, con el cual grabó un disco de 78 prm en 1929. Tras un larego eclipse voluntario, Dave Dexter se hizo cargo de ella. Convertida en pianista y cantante principal de su propio grupo " JULIA LEE & HER BOY FRIENDS " , grabó una seríe de títulos soberbios para CAPITOL a partir de 1944, Snatch and grab it, , My Man Stays out, Tonight is the night , Mama Don't allow, Come on over my house, etc. En estas grabaciones está rodeada de la flor y nata del jazz de Kansas City y Los Ángeles dos ciudades a las que acude regularmente para realizar sus discos. Julia nunca ha querido alejarse demasiado de Kansas City ni de su familia, rechazando continuas y agobiantes ofertas de gira que podrías haberla hecho celebre. 

domingo, 24 de abril de 2016

LASSE E. JENSEN in Swedish boogie woogie night 2015


               


Tre boogie woogiepianister medverkar i Swedish boogie woogie night 2015 på Millners i Tibro lördagen den 28 mars, Lasse E. Jensen Danmark, Jörg Hegemann Tysklans och David Carbe 


Tres pianistas de boogie woogie que participan en la BOOGIE WOOGIE noche sueca de 2015 Millners en Tibro sábado  28 de marzo .  Lasse E. Jensen, Dinamarca, Jörg Hegemann alemán Lance y David Carbe

BILL BUCHMAN ART OF BLUES !



ART OF BLUES 

When you hear the “Art of Blues” you know immediately you are listening to a group of musical veterans with deep musical roots who know what they are doing and who share their joy in doing it. They have all individually earned their stripes playing with the best of the best ever since the early seventies. The fact that these musicians have found common cause to revel in the art of playing the blues has led to a musical celebration on CD you won’t want to miss! 

Both co-leaders guitarist/singer Steve Arvey and jazz/blues pianist Bill Buchman have led their own exciting groups for many decades and are well known in their own right. Guitarist Steve Arvey began in Chicago on Maxwell Street in the 70's performing, recording and working with the cream of authentic blues musicians in Chicago including Otis Rush, Junior Wells, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Big Smokey Smothers, Honey Boy Edwards, Lefty Dizz, Big Moose Walker, BB “Big Voice” Odum, Big Jack Johnson, and Sam Carr Jr to name a few. Steve has travelled the world performing at blues festivals and has 15 CDs to his name. Pianist Bill Buchman, who played with the Mojo’s at Cornell University in the 60’s and became friends with Memphis Slim in Paris in the 80’s, is a keen student of the blues who has studied many years with jazz masters Jaki Byard and Ran Blake and has Bachelors and Masters’ degrees in music from the New England Conservatory. He has performed around the US and Europe with the likes of “Papa” Jo Jones (of Count Basie fame), Red Callender, Alan Dawson, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, John La Porta, Sammy Rimington, Joe Lee Wilson, Per Goldschmidt, and Emmanuel Abdul Rahim. Drummer Rick Andre has worked with The Drifters, The Platters, The Miracles, Leslie Gore, The Tokens, and The Coasters to name but a few. Michael Dempsey was the 5th Dimension’s bassist for four years and subsequently has performed/recorded with Linda Rondstadt, Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill and many others and has appeared on over 100 albums. Harmonica player Tony Smith has wide playing experience and is able to channel Sonny Boy Williamson II at will.



                               


                                                 
             

Bill's Boogie

Bill Buchman - Piano
Rick Andre - Drums

Art of Blues in Concert 
Venice Art Center 
February 10, 2016



               



               


ARTIST ORIGIN STORY: Bill Buchman
By Marty Fugate , Herald-Tribune / Saturday, November 28, 2015
Bill-Buchman
Bill Buchman's "Art of Blues"

The multi-talented Bill Buchman is a prolific painter (who exhibits at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art in realms both figurative and abstract), the author of "Expressive Figure Drawing," an instructor at the  Venice Art Center, a top-flight jazz and blues pianist (performing throughout the area with Steve Arvey in the Art of Blues), and is the entrepreneur behind his own line of "Zen" sumi brushes. "The secrets lie in the beginnings," as a Zen master once said. Here's where Buchman started ...

What's your first memory of creating a work of art?
I started by copying photographs from "The Family of Man" — a famous book of photographs from an exhibition curated by Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art. Not tracings, but freehand drawings based on the images in front of me. I also did several heroic portraits of JFK. I was 13 and he had just been elected.

I assume they were pretty good.
They weren't kid stuff. I still have them somewhere. That's the first time I'd ever really tried realistic figure drawing. When I was done, I said, 'Wow, I can do this.' That's what really got me going. After that, I started doing a lot more drawings.

And the more you draw, the better you draw.
Exactly. Starting from a naturalistic style, I evolved to the point where I was doing wild surrealistic drawings. I did drawings of my friends with a bunch of ink bottles and quills flying around their heads. They were 13 years old; they didn't get it. But in my mind, my friends were always pretty surreal. It didn't go over that well.

Your first encounter with art criticism?
Sure. The reaction was disappointing. You're 13 years old, you want approval. But it didn't stop me. I kept doing a lot of drawings in different media. Then I asked my mother to find me an art teacher and she did. He taught me about design principles, although he didn't call it that.

It's great she supported you like that.
Well my mother was an artist, quite a good one. My aunt was, let's just say, a more serious artist — she had higher aspirations. She was good friends with Victor D'Amico, who had started education programs in museums nationwide and was the head of the education department at the Museum of Modern Art. He wound up teaching me oil painting and figure drawing classes for two weeks one summer. When I came back, I'd already realized that's what I was going to do in life.

So, you started early and had a lot of focus at a very young age. On top of that, you had encouragement.
True, but I didn't need much encouragement. I knew I wanted to make a career in the arts. I was familiar with many of the artists at the MoMA. It didn't strike me as that unusual at the time. Then, when I did take up painting my mother gave up painting and turned her studio over to me. Fletcher Martin, a nationally famous figurative artist, eventually became my second teacher. As a teenager, I didn't realize how lucky I was at the time having D'Amico and Martin as my teachers. But the lessons they taught me, they're what I teach my students today.



viernes, 22 de abril de 2016

BLIND JOHN DAVIS



                            


Blind John Davis (December 7, 1913 – October 12, 1985) was an African-American blues, jazz and boogie-woogie pianist and singer. He is best remembered for his recordings, including "A Little Every Day" and "Everybody's Boogie".

Davis was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and relocated with his family to Chicago at the age of two. Seven years later he had lost his sight. In his early years Davis backed Merline Johnson, and by his mid-twenties he was a well-known and reliable accompanying pianist. Between 1937 and 1942, he recorded with Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Tampa Red, Merline Johnson, and others, playing on many recordings of that time. He also made several records of his own, singing in his lightweight voice.

Having played in various recording sessions with Lonnie Johnson, Davis teamed up with him in the 1940s. He recorded later on his own. His "No Mail Today" (1949) was a minor hit. Most of Doctor Clayton's later recordings featured Davis on piano.

He toured Europe with Broonzy in 1952, the first blues pianist to do so. In later years Davis toured and recorded frequently in Europe, where he enjoyed a higher profile than in his homeland.

In 1955 Davis's Chicago house burned down. His wife died in the fire, and his collection of 1700 unique 78-rpm records, some of unissued recordings, was destroyed.

Davis died in his adopted hometown of Chicago in October 1985, at the age of 71.

                  


                                 
                   


                                  
















domingo, 17 de abril de 2016

BARBARA MANDRELL & THE MANDRELL SISTERS

                 
                            


Barbara Ann Mandrell (born December 25, 1948) is an American country music singer, musician, and actress. She is known for a series of Top 10 hits and TV shows in the 1970s and 1980s that helped her become one of country's most successful female vocalists of that period.She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

She was the first performer to win the Country Music Association's "Entertainer of the Year" award twice. She was the only female to have done so until Taylor Swift equaled her. She also won twice the Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" in 1979 and 1981.

Mandrell's first Billboard No. 1 hit was 1978's "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed", immediately followed by "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" in early 1979. In 1980, "Years" also reached No. 1. She added one more chart topper in each of the next three years. "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" (her signature song),then "'Till You're Gone" and "One of a Kind, Pair of Fools"—all hit number one between 1981 and 1983, a period during which Mandrell also received numerous industry awards and accolades.


Born in Houston, Texas, the eldest daughter into a musical family, Mandrell was already reading music and playing accordion at age five. Six years later, she had become so adept at playing steel guitar that her father took her to a music trade convention in Chicago, where her talents caught the attention of Chet Atkins and Joe Maphis. Soon after, she became a featured performer in Maphis' Las Vegas nightclub show, followed by tours with Red Foley, Tex Ritter, and Johnny Cash. Her network TV debut came on the NBC-TV series Five Star Jubilee in 1961.

While growing up, Mandrell learned to play the pedal steel and lap steel guitars and many other instruments, including the accordion, saxophone, and banjo. She played steel guitar for the legendary Patsy Cline, who once wrote to a friend that Mandrell was, "a 13-year-old blonde doll who plays the steel guitar out of this world! What a show woman!" Mandrell toured at age 13 with Cline, Johnny Cash, and George Jones. She also played guitar for Joe Maphis in Las Vegas and on the Town Hall Party show in Los Angeles. A couple of years later, Mandrell and her sisters Louise and Irlene, as well as her parents, founded the Mandrell Family Band. They toured across the United States and Asia. Their drummer, Ken Dudney, became Mandrell's husband shortly after graduating from Oceanside High School.

Career discovery
Dudney later enlisted in the Navy, serving as a pilot, and was sent overseas. Mandrell decided that she would become a country singer and moved to Nashville. Her father was then her manager and with his help, she signed with Columbia Records in 1969. Over the next couple of years, Mandrell had a few minor hits. Her producer at the time was Billy Sherrill, known for producing other well-known singers in country music such as Tammy Wynette, Charlie Rich, and Tanya Tucker.

Country music career
1969–1974: Country beginnings
Within 48 hours of a nightclub appearance near the Grand Ole Opry, she received offers for recording contracts from six record companies. After signing with Columbia in 1969, she notched her first chart hit, a remake of the Otis Redding classic "I've Been Loving You Too Long". In 1970, Mandrell scored the first of many Top 40 hits with "Playin' Around With Love". In the same year, she began performing with singer David Houston, and their partnership also generated considerable chart success. Mandrell's first releases earned respect from her country peers, but her first big breakthrough with fans came in 1973 with the single "The Midnight Oil", it was the first song that was sung from the perspective of the woman who is doing the cheating, which at the time was unheard of. So this was another first for Mandrell.

While with Columbia Records, Mandrell worked with legendary country producer Billy Sherrill. Under Sherrill's direction, Mandrell recorded country-soul material, which never gained her widespread success. Her early hits included 1971's "Tonight My Baby's Comin' Home" and 1970s "After Closing Time" (a duet with David Houston) as well as her version of Joe Tex's "Show Me" also released in 1971. Her records did not generate sales on the Columbia label. Sherrill later said in the book, How Nashville Became Music City, that he was asked every year by the other Columbia executives, why he was keeping Mandrell, because she wasn't selling records. Sherrill kept Mandrell with the label until 1975.

1975–1984: Country-pop
In 1975, Mandrell jumped to the ABC/Dot label, and under the guidance of producer Tom Collins reached the Top Five for the first time with the single "Standing Room Only". After a series of successive hits, she scored her first No. 1 with 1978's "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed", immediately followed by another chart-topper, "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" in early 1979.[5] "If Loving You Is Wrong" was also a major crossover smash, becoming Mandrell's only single to reach the Top 40 on the pop chart, peaking at No. 31. The song also peaked in the Top 10 on Adult Contemporary radio stations.

During the 1980s Mandrell had more hits, including "Crackers" and "Wish You Were Here". All of these singles and more reached the country Top 10 and some also hit No. 1, including "Years". Three more singles hit No. 1—"I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool", "'Till You're Gone", and "One of a Kind, Pair of Fools"—between 1981 and 1983, a period during which Mandrell also received many industry awards and accolades."I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" is one of Mandrell's best-known songs. The best-known version is the live version featuring George Jones. In 1983, she won a Grammy award for "Best Inspirational Performance" for the song, "He Set My Life to Music".

In 1980 Mandrell became the third woman to win the "Entertainer of the Year" award from the Country Music Association. She repeated history in 1981 by winning the award for the second time. This was unprecedented, as in prior to her, it was presumed, that it only went to an artist once—but she nabbed it a second year in a row with her non-stop touring, hit records, and popular TV show. This began the huge array of awards and she would win: several CMA, ACM, and MCN awards, seven American Music Awards, and nine People's Choice, making her one of the most awarded country acts in history.


Performing ‘To Me’ duet with DoRite, Dan Schafer,
‘Moments’ tour 1986
A collection of duets with Lee Greenwood, Meant for Each Other, followed in 1984.From this album, Greenwood and Mandrell had two hits on the country chart spanning 1984 and 1985, including the Top 5 hit, "To Me", and the Top 20 "It Should Have Been Love By Now".

Also in 1984, she opened a fan-based attraction across from the old location of the Country Music Hall of Fame in the heart of Music Row in Nashville called Barbara Mandrell Country, a museum about her life and career.

1984: Car crash
While Mandrell was at the peak of her popularity she had a major setback when she was involved in a serious automobile crash on September 11, 1984. According to Toni Reinhold in Redbook magazine, the singer "sustained multiple fractures in her right leg, including a broken thigh bone, knee and ankle. She also suffered lacerations and abrasions and a severe concussion that caused temporary memory loss, confusion, and speech difficulties." After a year-and-a-half of rehabilitation, she recovered and returned to recording and performing. Mandrell told interviewers that the crash made her reassess her priorities; thus she retired in November 1997, thirteen years after the crash, and now spends more time with her family.  Mandrell is now a confirmed seat belt advocate, especially because prior to the crash, neither she nor her two children Matthew and Jaime (also involved in the crash) were normally seat belt wearers. Mandrell saw a station wagon in front of her with the tailgate down and children not being restrained in the back, and felt the need to tell her children to buckle up just before the crash.

During the recuperation period, Mandrell was unable to work and therefore needed to collect on her insurance to pay for medical bills and to keep her band paid. On the “Ralph Emery on the Record” show, Mandrell explained that the problem was that under Tennessee law she had to go through the formality of filing a lawsuit against survivors of the dead driver who had caused the accident, 19-year-old college student Mark White, to collect from her own insurance company.

She says she instructed her attorneys to call White’s family and tell them she wanted no money from them and was only doing what she had to do to get her own insurance company to pay for her medical costs, but most fans never knew about that or about Tennessee’s insurance law. They saw only the headlines about the lawsuit against the family who had lost a son. Before the case went to trial, she adds, her insurance company filed for bankruptcy. Her record and ticket sales fell off “in a big way,” Mandrell says.

“I’m not blaming the public,” she tells Emery, adding that given the information most of them got through the media, “I would have felt the way they felt.”

Television and acting[edit]
In 1980, the TV program Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters premiered on NBC. In addition to hosts Barbara, Louise, and Irlene Mandrell, the show featured musical guests and comedy sketches. Each broadcast also closed with a gospel song, which led to Mandrell recording her own inspirational album, He Set My Life to Music (1982). As a result of her busy schedule, she began suffering from vocal strain, and on doctor's orders pulled the plug on the television program in 1982. (Variety shows were also falling out of favor at the time; the series would be NBC's last variety series to date.) She received one award (People's Choice) and two nominations (Golden Globe and TV Land Award) for her work on the show. In 1983, she premiered The Lady Is a Champ, a Las Vegas stage show.
Mandrell had the starring role in Burning Rage alongside Tom Wopat in 1984 just prior to her car accident. Later, she also had guest star roles on hit shows, including: Empty Nest; Diagnosis: Murder; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; The Commish; Baywatch; Walker, Texas Ranger; and Rockford Files. She even had a recurring featured role in the late 1990s on Aaron Spelling's daytime drama, Sunset Beach.

Many of these performances can be seen on late-night television or on the DVD box sets of the respective shows. In 1990, she wrote an autobiography called Get to the Heart: My Story, which was a New York Times Bestseller for more than three months, and in 1997 became a highly rated CBS TV Movie of the Week starring Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch). Mandrell promoted her autobiography on shows such as Sally Jessy Raphaël show, Geraldo, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, with whom she shared the "Woman of the World" honor in 1992. In primetime, she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Ralph Emery's Nashville Now, and she even "rapped" during one of her three Arsenio visits.

Personal life[edit]
Barbara Mandrell married Ken Dudney on May 28, 1967. Dudney had been the drummer in the Mandrell Family Band. Mandrell and Dudney have three children, Kenneth Matthew Dudney (b. 1970), Jaime Nicole Dudney (b. 1976), and Nathaniel Mandrell Dudney (b. 1985).

Mandrell's oldest son Kenneth "Matthew" Dudney is a gourmet chef, who has worked in the Nashville area for many years. After several bouts with alcoholism, Matthew overcame the problem and married Christian recording artist Christy Sutherland. He now travels with her as her personal manager. Mandrell's daughter, Jaime, was Miss Tennessee Teen USA 1993 and placed in the semi-finals at Miss Teen USA 1993. Jaime was Miss Golden Globe in 1996, following a tradition, where one son and one daughter of famous parents present the Golden statues. Following this, Jaime played her aunt, Irlene Mandrell, in Get to the Heart (The Barbara Mandrell Story), and was seen on the long-running CBS daytime drama, As the World Turns, from June 1998–January 2000. On December 23, 2012, Jamie married Whit Gilbert.[13][14] Mandrell's youngest son Nathan, married Hannah Menefee on March 8, 2012. Both met while attending the University of Mississippi. Nathan is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Dynamic Research Technologies. Hannah received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 2014 and accepted an internship for OB/GYN at Vanderbilt University.

Her former mansion, located in Whites Creek, Tennessee near Nashville, has been turned into a tourist attraction with a restaurant, a hotel, an outdoors music venue and an indoors shooting range.Her daughter, Jaime, is the tour guide.




                                         


sábado, 16 de abril de 2016

HERVE DUERSON

Avenue Strut - Various Artists









                                      



Herve Duerson's real name was probably Harvey Deerson. In 1929 he made four solo piano recordings that were issued on two records. From the late 1920's he was a member of the Indianapolis, IN. group DuValle Brothers' Band as their pianist. In 1932 he left the group and disappeared from view, and no one knows what happened to him. 

Herve Duerson:Piano Solo

Recorded in Richmond, IN. Wednesday, August 28, 1929

Originally issued on Gennett (New Electrobeam) 7009 & Champion 15904 (78 RPM)
(The Champion issue was billed as "Barbecue Pete")

This recording taken from the 1998 CD "Mama Don't Allow No Easy Riders Here:Strutting The Dozens"


domingo, 10 de abril de 2016

DAVID " BOOGIE " GIORCELLI













                                           
                                       

Del álbum HOTEL BOOGIE el tema 12 David's Boogie.
Piano...........................David Giorcelli
Contrabajo....................Lou Blackbass
Reginald Vilardell...........Batería





 WAX AND BOOGIE COMBO participaron en TORRITA DI SIENA- ( Italia ) EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE : El mejor premio sois vosotros ! Keep on Boogie. 


                 WAX & BOOGIE FOREVER !! 


domingo, 3 de abril de 2016

HONEY PIAZZA



































Honey Piazza va néixer com Debra Alexander, Pianista y compositora de temas com Locomotive song (2014), Blues at The Brevery (2005) i Sierra Center Stage (2004). Ella està casada amb Rod Piazza des de fá més de trenta anys. 
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Honey Piazza of "Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers", one of our national treasures, who has been Playing piano with Rod Piazza for almost 40 yrs (Rod and Honey have been married for over 30 yrs.) unfortunately had a serious scare about a month ago. At about 1 pm on Dec. 9th she noticed a tingling in her arm and numbness on one side of her face. Honey's daughter Maya noticing that her speech was slurred called 911 and she was taken to the hospital. After three days in the hospital it was determined that Honey had experienced a slight heart attack in her sleep that had evolved into a minor stroke. After numerous visits to the doctor that week, Honey still insisted on playing piano at Rod's birthday party just a week later.
I saw the Flyers play last night at Webers and again Honey rose to the occasion bringing us a taste of that great signature blues piano that she does so well. Having been friends with Rod and Honey for over 30yrs, I know that when it comes to "bringing it" to her fans,audience and friends Honey is always on... a true professional. Those that have seen her or know her will attest to her warmth and loving approach to anyone she comes in contact with. I know that this experience must have scared the hell out of her and the fear of future repercussions must be ever present.
Honey knows nothing about this post, however, I did ask Rod about his feelings on the post and got a very positive response. I am asking that who ever would like to offer support in the way of a card or letter please mail it to Honey Piazza in care of Delta Groove Music at 16501 Sherman Way suite 100 Van Nuys Ca. 91406. Cards and letters will be forwarded to Honey at the Piazza's home. Please do not send money.
Honey, Rod and the Mighty Flyers reunion shows will take place as scheduled on the Legendary Blues Cruise later this month as well as any future gigs. The more positive cards and letters received before the cruise the better.
As some of you may not know, Honey traveled in her early twenties, on her own, to Chicago in search of the source of the blues music she came to love as well as the music of her idol the late Otis Spann. Although she missed Spann by only a couple of years she ended up being warmly welcomed by Robert Lockwood Jr. and the "Aces", Dave and Louis Myers along with Fred Below who were all a part of Little Walter fame among other Chicago legends. After meeting Rod she went onto not only play a key role in Rod's band but also to record and play with all of what Rod calls "The L.A. Blues Mafia" Big Joe Turner, Smokey Wilson, George Smith, Shakey Jake, Johnny Dyer and a host of other blues greats. She even took the piano seat on a Jimmy Rogers album backed by the Mighty Flyers and produced by Rod.
We plan on hearing a lot more blues and boogie woogie from Honey in the years ahead...so please share this post with as many friends as possible,all your support for Honey at this time will be greatly appreciated 
Thank you for taking the time to read this and keeping the blues alive.
Randy Chortkoff



               


                         
               

Debra "Honey" Piazza (born April 24, 1951) is an American piano player. She is a founding member of the band Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers.

Piazza was born in Fairfield, California on April 24, 1951.Her father was in the Air Force and her family moved to England for three years, when she was a child. There she started taking classical piano lessons at the age of four and pursued the lessons until the age of 16 after they had moved back to California. She enjoyed playing jam sessions with her friends, but she really discovered piano blues when she heard a record of Otis Spann. For the next two years she would practice extensively.

In 1972 she went to Chicago, and played with a number of blues musicians. After her return to California she saw a concert of Rod Piazza, who at the time was playing with a band called Bacon Fat. Being impressed with his music she arranged to meet him for an audition. As a result she joined the band and has played with Rod Piazza ever since.
They got married several years later and reside in Riverside, California.


                            



Honey Piazza and Marcia Ball jamming together on the same piano! Excellent closing to an awesome weekend of blues at the North Atlantic Blues Fest in Rockland Maine 2015