Traverse City Events: Get ready for a sizzling evening Traverse City. On October 22, Mr. B and Stephanie Trick will dual it out with pianos on stage in the approach that Mr. B has become known for at Northwestern Michigan College's Dennos Museum Center.

Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mr. B  has become one of the premiere purveyors of a vanishing art.  Having learned his craft first-hand from the early masters, Mr. B (Mark Lincoln Braun)is a rare living link to the first generation of blues and boogie pianists.  Steeped in the rich legacy of this tremendously exciting music, Mr. B has learned directly from blues and boogie legends like Little Brother Montgomery, Boogie Woogie Red, and Blind John Davis.  In demand for both educational programs and concert performances, he has performed coast to coast and throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, and South America.  In 2002 he was a guest artist at the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.  He is also the organizer of the annual Mr. B’s Blues and Boogie Piano Celebration that attracts major figures in the blues and jazz piano world to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for collaborative performances with Mr. B.

Stephanie Trick, “has come to practically dominate the stride piano field,” notes reviewer Jack Rummel. Harlem stride piano, which developed in the 1920s and ’30s, is an orchestral style of two-handed piano playing that not only swings, but is also technically demanding and exciting to watch. Louis Mazetier, a respected interpreter of this genre, writes in the Bulletin of the Hot Club of France that Trick has “won the esteem of specialists in the genre with wonderful interpretations of stride classics, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Don Lambert (which she learned by ear). She plays these pieces with a punch that is matched by her precise interpretation.”

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