Craig Brenner: Exploring the Jazzy Side of Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano
"Craig Brenner is a fine and funky pianist..." - Living Blues
Blues, boogie woogie, and jazz pianist Craig Brenner is a composer, teacher, and recipient of arts grants. He leads Craig & The Crawdads, is in The Ragin' Texans, recorded seven albums, and founded Bloomington Boogies: The Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival.
Craig's newest album is Passages - jazz, blues, boogie woogie, surprises - on vinyl, CD, & files for download.
- Jazz journalist Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene: "a fine pianist," "Spring Is Near" is "a swinging and joyful original...quality is consistently high and the results are enjoyable."
- Dan Willging, OffBeat: "blues, jazz, and boogie-woogie with a sparkling, rich technique."
- Journalist Mike Leonard, The Ryder Magazine.
- Crossroads Blues Society President Steve Jones. Blues Blast Magazine: "really good stuff with an eclectic mix of styles and genres to enjoy. I highly recommend checking him out!"
- George Fish, "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, Sound Opinions Show 809
- Writer/playwright/musician Cathi Norton of Finally Productions
Discounted CDs are at Landlocked Music. More reviews at Music (scroll for reviews). Listen to "Looking for a Job," produced by Nate Brenner (Tune-Yards, Naytronix). The album was made in part thanks to the IN 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.
Available again in limited quantities (CD) - Live to Love, by Craig & The Crawdads
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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"