Craig Brenner: Exploring the Jazzy Side of Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano
"Craig Brenner is a fine and funky pianist..." - Living Blues Magazine
Craig is a blues, boogie woogie, and jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and recipient of numerous arts grants. He leads Craig & The Crawdads, is a member of The Ragin' Texans, and has recorded seven albums. Craig is the founder of Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival.
- Jazz historian/journalist Scott Yanow reviews Passages in Los Angeles Jazz Scene: Craig is "a fine pianist," "Spring Is Near" is "a swinging and joyful original," and the album's "quality is consistently high and the results are enjoyable."
- Dan Willging reviews the album in OffBeat magazine: "blues, jazz, and boogie-woogie with a sparkling, rich technique."
- Journalist Mike Leonard reviews Passages in the The Ryder Magazine.
- Crossroads Blues Society President Steve Jones reviews the album in Blues Blast Magazine: "This is really good stuff with an eclectic mix of styles and genres to enjoy. I highly recommend checking him out!"
- George Fish reviews on "Politically Incorrect Leftist", concluding "the whole thing fits nicely the Beatles' famous words on "Sgt. Pepper's..." 'a splendid time is guaranteed for all!' "
Passages is available HERE. Discounted CDs are at Landlocked Music. Read more reviews at Music (scroll down for reviews). Listen to "Looking for a Job," produced by Nate Brenner. The album was made in part thanks to the Indiana Arts Commission, which receives support from the State of Indiana and National Endowment for the Arts. For more info about the grant, click News or read an article about the grant and Passages by Connie Shakalis in the Herald-Times.
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- Craig Brenner Boogie woogie, blues, jazz, stride, New Orleans, and barrelhouse piano
- Read a review of Craig's CD, Live At The Old Mint: Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano
- Craig & The Crawdads Foot-stompin' New Orleans R&B, Zydeco, blues, jazz, and swing
- Listen to Craig & The Crawdads play Craig's "Backstage Boogie"
- Craig & Lori Cocktail jazz, blues, swing, torch songs, and boogie woogie
- Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival
- Free sheet music for "Nathaniel"
- Free sheet music for "The Crawdad Shuffle"