Roots to Rock – Little Richard – Boogie Woogie Piano with Wendy DeWitt

Sunday, October 22, 2 - 4 pm

Roots to Rock – Little Richard – Boogie Woogie Piano with Wendy DeWitt
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Piano and Keys
Day Sun
Instructor Wendy DeWitt
Status inperson event

Where’d he get THAT from?

In this workshop, we’ll connect the dots between boogie-woogie and the roots of rock and roll, tearing into the classic breaks, licks, and left-hand patterns that drove Little Richard’s rise to the top of the charts as “the architect of rock and roll.” Gain the skills to get a little crazy and improvise with abandon in the boogie-woogie style! Requirements: Ability to comfortably play 12-bar blues/boogie progressions with both hands. Bring a recording device, notebook, and willingness to cut loose.

About Wendy DeWitt

Former pianist for Hank Ballard and Steve Freund, Wendy DeWitt has also played with Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, Big Time Sarah, and Jimmy Thackery. She tours national and international festivals and produces annual piano events, including the long-running Queens of Boogie Woogie. She is a founder of the San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival.

“All the cool kids already know DeWitt is one smoking boogie woogie piano/organ gal and it’s time for the word to spread beyond her regional awards.” ~ Chris Spector, Midwest Record.