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RAGTIME, BOOGIE & BLUES PIANIST- MATTHEW BALL

Described as “Michigan’s leading boogie-woogie pianist!” by The Farmington Patch, "A boogie-woogie master!" by The Romeo Observer, and “A rising giant in the field!” by Metroland, Matthew Ball is a graduate of Oakland University and The University of Detroit. He holds degrees in Music, History and Law, and has been a community music... more

RAGTIME, BOOGIE & BLUES PIANIST- MATTHEW BALL

Described as “Michigan’s leading boogie-woogie pianist!” by The Farmington Patch, "A boogie-woogie master!" by The Romeo Observer, and “A rising giant in the field!” by Metroland, Matthew Ball is a graduate of Oakland University and The University of Detroit. He holds degrees in Music, History and Law, and has been a community music educator for over 20 years. He trained classically at Oakland University with the internationally renowned classical pianist Flavio Varani, a graduate of The Paris Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, who traced his own pedigree of study back to Chopin himself!

Recently featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition as well as Michigan Public Radio’s The Craig Fahle Show and WMUK’s The Art & More Show, Matthew specializes in performing classic Ragtime, Boogie-woogie & Blues piano favorites from the 20’s 30’s & 40’s, with arrangements of American standards like Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, The Entertainer, In the Mood, Bumble Boogie, and many more.

Ball is known online and on-stage as THE BOOGIE WOOGIE KID with a performance history that spans everything from symphony appearances to Jazz and Blues festivals, and now with more than 3 MILLION YOUTUBE views of past performance and at home footage!

A former attorney, Matthew left the practice in 2001 after he attended a local boogie-woogie festival. Today with more than a decade in the field, he has distinguished himself as a leading authority on these treasured American piano traditions. His performances have been described as follows:

"An absolutley wonderful concert, tremendous virtuosity combined with crowd-pleasing repertoire, our audience loved every minute."
-Nardin Park Concert Series

"Matthew had heads bobbing, toes tapping, and tushes wiggling, leaving you in awe as his fingers flew across the keys!"
-The Saginaw News

"Matthew Ball packed Guild Hall, opened with one of his own compositions, and then took the audience through the history of boogie-woogie music to enthusiastic applause after every piece finishing with a standing ovation by the end!"
-Ralph Deeds Blogger Concert Review

Suffice to say you won’t want to miss this special toe-tappin’ program of family piano fun! Find Matthew Ball aka THE BOOGIE WOOGIE KID online @rebecca-pitts-holley www.boogiewoogiekid.com.

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