FRIDAY, JUNE 24 7:30 PM
$40 plus Esplanade S/C
Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central
One of the most requested artists in JazzFest history, Michael Kaeshammer's relationship with JazzFest goes right back to our second festival. Incredible jazz and boogie-woogie piano technique along with a high-energy delivery and an infectious personality make Michael's live shows among the most engaging and entertaining that you will see.
After studying classical piano for seven years in his German hometown Offenburg, 13 year old Kaeshammer discovered boogie-woogie and stride piano as played by Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, and Pete Johnson. Within three years he was playing jazz & boogie-woogie in clubs, concerts and festivals all over Germany and other surrounding parts of Europe. He attracted attention almost immediately after the family moved to the Westcoast of Canada, performing at jazz & blues festivals across the country during the summer of 1996.
Since then, Michael has released 10 recordings and has been nominated for 7 JUNO awards, winning twice. He has also received the Western Canadian Music Awards for Musician Of The Year and Entertainer Of The Year.
Kaeshammer's performances, on record and on stage, are an invitation to join the party. He doesn't play at you. He plays with you. At one of his shows, you're all in it together – not only part of the story, but virtually part of the band.
Michael's career has exploded in the 19 years since his first appearance in Medicine Hat. We are so pleased to have him back for our 20th anniversary celebration.
Michael will be joined by Paul Pigat on guitar and Roger Travassos on drums.