Craig Brenner: Exploring the Jazzy Side of Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano
"Craig Brenner is a fine and funky pianist..." - Living Blues Magazine
Blues, boogie woogie, and jazz pianist Craig Brenner is a composer, teacher, and recipient of many arts grants. He leads Craig & The Crawdads, is part of The Ragin' Texans, and has recorded seven albums. Craig founded Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival.
Craig's latest is Passages - original jazz, blues, boogie woogie, surprises - vinyl, CD, & files for download. Read reviews by:
- Jazz historian/journalist Scott Yanow in Los Angeles Jazz Scene: "a fine pianist," "Spring Is Near" is "a swinging and joyful original," the album's "quality is consistently high and the results are enjoyable."
- Dan Willging in OffBeat: "blues, jazz, and boogie-woogie with a sparkling, rich technique."
- Journalist Mike Leonard in the The Ryder Magazine.
- Crossroads Blues Society President Steve Jones in Blues Blast Magazine: "really good stuff with an eclectic mix of styles and genres to enjoy. I highly recommend checking him out!"
- George Fish in "Politically Incorrect Leftist": "the whole thing fits nicely the Beatles' famous words on "Sgt. Pepper's..." 'a splendid time is guaranteed for all!' "
- Merrill Garbus on Sound Opinions Show 809
- Writer/playwright/musician Cathi Norton of Finally Productions
Passages is HERE. Discounted CDs are at Landlocked Music. More reviews at Music (scroll down for reviews). Listen to "Looking for a Job," produced by Nate Brenner (Tune-Yards, Naytronix). 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 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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Click below for information about
- 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"