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We would like to thank you for the many enthusiastic reactions that we receive about the International Boogie Woogie Festival Holland that took place on March 10th 2007.

The production of the DVD of the event is being prepared, and will be a great impression of this memorable evening.

If you would like to order the DVD of the festival, you can apply for the Boogie Woogie and Piano Blues Newsletter, by clicking here. You will automatically receive information about the DVD and about how to order, as soon as the DVD is released.

The next edition of the International Boogie Woogie Festival Holland will be Saturday March 8th 2008... See you then!


Martijn Schok, Greta Holtrop, Dick Doorn, Diana Doorn


Grande Finale of the International Boogie Woogie Festival Holland.
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photo: Andrew Elias

Artists 2007


Little Willie Littlefield (piano/vocals, Houston, Texas, USA)

We are very proud to be able to announce the Guest of Honour of the festival: the living legend Little Willie Littlefield (Houston/Texas/USA).

Fats Domino always mentions Littlefield as one of his favorite piano players and musical inspirators. Littlefied played in shows with Ray Charles, BB King, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

Little Willie Littlefield began his career as a recording artist at the age of 16 for Eddie's Records in Houston. His first recording "Little Willie's Boogie" was a hit in Texas. In Houston Willie recorded 8 tracks for Eddie's Records and Freedom Records in 1948/1949.

While in Houston, word reached the Bihari brothers (owners of the Modern-label in Los Angeles) about a teenage wonderboy pianist who was currently breaking up at the Eldorado Ballroom. Before leaving Houston Jules Bihari had already inked a contract, recorded Littlefield's first side "It's Midnight" and arranged for Littlefield to come to the West Coast. When Littlefield arrived in L.A.later that month "It's Midnight" was a big hit (peaked at 3) in the chards nationwide and he was booked in L.A.'s Melody Club and in Johnny Otis' famous Barrelhouse in Watts. He was an overnight sensation.

"It's Midnight" not only established him in the Rhythm and Blues field, but also left an impression on other upcoming stars such as Fats Domino who developed his triplet piano style from the Littlefield recording.

Littlefield recorded about 30 tracks for Modern in 1949, 1950 and 1951 and scored some more hits such as "Farewell"and "I've been lost". He recorded with L.A.'s leading Rhythm and Blues session musicians including saxplayers Maxwell Davis and Buddy Floyd, guitarists Chuck Norris and Johnny Moore and drummers Al Wichard and Jessie Price.

In 1952 Littlefield switched to Federal Records where he cut many successful sides including the original version of "Kansas City" (original title was "K.C.Loving"). By 1957 he had moved to Northern California and recorded for Rhythm Records where he produced his hit "Ruby Ruby".

During the sixties he was content to play various clubs around the San Francisco area. In the seventies he was re-discovered and returned to the public stage with appearances at the first San Francisco Bluesfestival and the Sacramento Bluesfestival. In the mid-seventies he recorded several sides for Blues Connoisseur Records.

In 1978 he did his first, very successful, tour in Europe. Since 1980 Willie has been continually on the road in Europe, playing theatres, clubs and festivals.His first performance at the Montreux Jazzfestival was broadcasted on television by the BBC. He appeared at many radio- and televisionshows all over Europe. But Willie also continued his performances outside Europe. Willie toured in Canada and appeared at the Chicago Bluesfestival in 1988. He performed in the Australian film "Love in Limbo", presented at the Berlin filmfestival 1993.

During the period 1980-1997 he recorded 10 albums for several european recordcompanies. These albums were spoken in much appreciation by the music crititcs.

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Bob Seeley (piano, Detroit, USA)

Bob Seeley is arguably America's greatest living boogie woogie pianist. Peter Silvester's book on the history of boogie woogie, "A Left Hand Like God" (1988), mentions him extensively, but at the time that book was written, Seeley had not yet been recorded. Since then, Seeley has released five CD's and is working on number six with Boogie Bob Baldori.

Detroiter Bob Seeley is a piano player like Mickey Mantle was a ball player. The 77 year old pianist has been a fixture at the piano bar at Charlie's Crabe in suburban Troy, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, where he entertained the locals and visiting dignitaries for over 32 years. It isn't just that he's an extraordinary pianist. He's an indomitable soul who has played Carnegie Hall several times and most of the major venues throughout Europe. He is universally hailed as possibly the greatest proponent of boogie woogie and stride alive today.

His most conspicuous influence was Meade Lux Lewis, one of the three giants of boogie woogie (along with Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson), and a great friend of Seeley's. Bob first met the maestro during a Detroit gig in the late 1940s and a longstanding friendship in the 1950s and 1960s developed, which influenced Seeley's piano styling and has resulted in a very rhythmical form of boogie woogie. He also had a chance to chauffer and play piano with none less than Art Tatum, who reportedly was duly impressed with the music of the relative youngster. Eubie Blake was also among Seeley's circle of friends and mutual fans.

Well versed in classic blues, Seeley worked for a while as accompanist to Sippie Wallace, the Great blues vocalist who was rediscovered in the 1980s and would eventually be nominated for a Grammy. Seeley is an all-around pianist whose interest and repertoire span piano music from the entire 20th century. It includes the music of Kern, Gershwin and Debussy as well as the standard works of ragtime, stride, blues and of course boogie woogie. Peter Silvester writes "His solos are notable for their coherence and logical progression, which propels them to a satisfying climax. Of all the contemporary pianists, Seeley reproduces the sound and spirit of Meade Lux Lewis with the most conviction and sometimes even surpasses the master" (p. 247-248).
Bob Seeley

Don 'Papadon' Washington (piano/vocals, New York, USA)

Don started playing the piano at the age of five. It was a rule in his father's house that every child learns how to play an instrument and sing. Being the youngest of five children, Don was determined to stand out from the pack, and that he did!

In addition to mastering the piano, he learned to play the organ, drums, saxophone, tuba, bass, guitar, and harmonica.

Don's father, the late William M. Washington, groomed his children to be his personal praise and worship team at the Royal Church of God in Christ, in Kent, N.Y. It was during this time that Don learned the vocal and instrumental styles and techniques that would later make him a blues man.

It wasn't until the early 1990's that Don became interested in the blues. Like many young, black kids, he thought that this music was old, outdated, and just left over from slavery. This thought would soon be changed! In the spring of 1991, Don had a chance to see Buddy Guy perform live at the Penguin Club in Ottawa, Ontario. The performance was so powerful that Don left the show mesmerized. He realized at that moment that his gospel roots gave him the tools he needed to play and sing the blues.

Don presently teaches K-12 music and lives with his wife Dawn in Ogdensburg N.Y.


Don 'Papadon' Washington

Martin Schmitt (piano/vocals, Germany)

Martin Schmitt was born in Muenchen, Germany. When he was twelve years old, he heard a boogie woogie record of his father's collection. From that moment onwards, Martin knew what he'd like to do... He focussed on playing boogie woogie piano. And with great succes...!

In a few years, Martin had his first performances and nowadays he travels all around the world for more than fifteen years with his swinging piano concerts.

Martin is a brilliant piano player with a unique and powerful piano style. He treats you with a great musical show. Martin has a beautiful deep voice and a great repertoiry that varies from Boogie to Blues and from Harlem Stride to Rhythm & Blues.

We are excited to announce to you in Holland: the one and only: Martin Schmitt...!

Martin Schmitt

Martijn Schok (piano/bluesharp, Holland)

The name Martijn Schok is synonymous with boogie woogie and piano blues. Martijn has played all the major Dutch jazz and blues festivals and can also be seen regularly at festivals both in Europe and the USA.

Martijn performs solo, as well as with his swinging 5-piece band, and has up till now released twelve successful boogie woogie CDs

Martijn's piano style is characterized by a large dose of swing, a steady groove and a high degree of virtuosity. It is clear he has a great deal of respect and admiration for the music of the early American boogie woogie originators.

Martijn is a respected interpreter of the boogie woogie style and appears at famous international festivals, such as the festival in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA), the Queen City Blues Festival in Cincinnati (Ohio, USA), the Motor City Boogie & Blues Festival in Detroit (Michigan, USA), and the international boogie woogie festivals in Switzerland, Belgium, France, England, Spain and the USA.

Martijn Schok

Jeroen Sweers (piano/vocals, Holland)

At a young age, Dutch boogie-woogie pianist Jeroen Sweers (28) was fascinated by music and was especially attracted by the piano. After a couple of pianolessons it became clear that he prefered one style in particular, the boogie-woogie. In 2001, famous Dutch boogie-woogie player Jaap Dekker asked him to join the theatre show the ‘Grand Piano Boogie Train’ as an additional pianoman. Still studying at the School of Music he took this great opportunity and played for an exited audience night after night. In 2003, Jeroen became one of the ‘train drivers’ when he joined the Grand Piano Boogie Train permanently. The theatre tour that followed would take him across the country.

When Jeroen graduated in 2003 for his final exams on the School of Music the time was right to start his own boogie-woogie band and get it on the road! In September 2003 the first performance of the Jeroen Sweers Boogie Woogie Band was a fact.

Now, three years later, the band is well known throughout the country on all major boogie-woogie, jazz and blues festivals. The band has a reputation for spectacular performances and has an enormous energy. In 2006, saxophone player Arnoud de Graaff became the latest sensational infusion into the rising star of the Jeroen Sweers Boogie Woogie Band.

The band is well known for its own, original compositions, including pianoblues and occasionally a bluesy jazzstandard, supported by Jeroen’s mean and spirited voice. Besides being creative, they also pay tribute to famous boogie–woogie masters like Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson.

Their hard work and dedication to their music was rewarded with the 2004 debut record SHIFTING GEARS, on the well known Dutch boogie and blues lable Oldie Blues. The album is a true piece of boogie-woogie documentation and proofs that the star of the JSBW-band is still rising.

With piano, uprightbass, drums and saxophone the JSBWBand is now one of the most original and creative bands in Europe.

Jeroen Sweers

Philou (tapdance/vocals, Guadeloupe)

One of the worlds best tapdancers. Philou is not only tapdancer, but also a great singer. He regularly performs in the Cotton Club in Paris, and travels with his spectacular tapdance show all over the world.

Philou performs with lots of succes during two of the previous editions of the International Boogie Woogie Festival Holland. On requests of many festival visitors, he is invited for an -exclusive- performance during the festival in Ermelo.

Enjoy the swinging show of this tapdance champion...!


Michael Pewny (piano, Austria)

Michael Pewny was born in Vienna on November 11th, 1963.As making music runs in the family, he started playing classical piano at the age of six. At age thirteen, he taught himself to play Blues & Boogie Woogie piano by listening to old records of his favourite piano players, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis, who were popular in the USA in the late 30s. It was the legendary 1976 Vienna Boogie Woogie Session which inspired him to intensify his piano efforts.

Already in 1979 Michael had his first concert at the VHS in Hietzing and then at the Viennese blues club "Papa's Tapas" not before 1981. After nine years of playing in clubs (especially at Jazzland and Roter Engel) to finance his university studies and during the ensuing military service, he recorded his first LP "Vienna Boogie Woogie" with Torsten Zwingenberger on drums in 1988.

In 1990, Bellaphon became interested in his music and released "Left Hand Roller" featuring Michael together with the British singer Dana Gillespie. After several trips to the USA with Günther Schifter, primarily to New Orleans, and journeys to Asia, he recorded his second CD "Boogie On My Mind" featuring Martin Wichtl on saxophone and the singer Sabine Ruzicka from Krems (unfortunately the cooperation came to a halt when she pursued a medical career).

In 1994, Bellaphon released the CD "Vienna Boogie Woogie", followed by "Crazy 'Bout Boogie" in 1996, which featured Christian Dozzler on harmonica, vocals and accordion. Festivals in Austria (Vienna) and abroad (Munich, Paris, Ecaussinnes and Burghausen) as well as trips to L.A. and Barcelona gave Michael inspiration and ideas for the recording of "Movin' To Chicago" in 1999, which features Al Cook, Martin Breinschmid and his father Leopold. It was the first recording under the control of his own label "Susy

In 2000, on the occasion of his 20th stage anniversary, which coincided with the Millennium year, he released "20 Years Jamboree" in co-operation with Oscar Klein, Gerd Stächelin and Hans Bichler.

In 2001 Steamin' Blues was released by Susy Records which has been featuring Sister Shirley Sydnor (USA), Katie Kern, Gerald Seilinger, Alfred Winter and Heini Altbart.

2003 was an interesting and very international year. First of all the production of his first DVD and then festivals in Lugano (Switzerland) with Silvan Zingg and Axel Zwingenberger, La Roquebrou (Southern France) with fellow musicians from all over the world, including Jean Paul Amaroux, Martijn Schok, Ricky Nye, Christian Bleiming, Errol Dixon, Stefano Franco und Greta Holtrop, and last but not least Chicago and his meeting with US performer Karen Caroll with whom we did start 2004 in a concert.

At the occasion of this year's concert at Burg Perchtoldsdorf it was decided this year to release the 2002 recordings with Anke Lamprecht and the Timeless choir and the 2003 recordings with Karen Caroll on CD.

This year, Michael is celebrating his 25th anniversary in stage. Festivals in Hamburg (with Axel Zwingenberger, Joe Bohnsack, Wince Weber) as well as his visit to the U.S. and his meeting with The Comets in Las Vegas (50 Years of Rock`n Roll at the Vienna Konzerthaus on Nov. 12th) and Fats Domino in New Orleans, gave Michael more inspiration and motivation for the next Concerts in Vienna with Sweet System (F), Axel Zwingenberger, Christian Dozzler and Christoph Steinbach and for the next year.

Nowadays, Michael plays solo or with his band and he loves playing with blues musicians from all over the world like Big Jay McNeely, Bill Haley's Original Comets,Vera Love, Mojo Blues Band, Axel Zwingenberger, Silvan Zingg, Jean Paul Amaroux, Martijn Schock or Jean Pierre Bertrand, just to mention a few. Very interesting meetings at concerts with Memphis Slim, Sammy Price, Blind John Davis, Big Joe Turner or Linda Hopkins unfortunately never did end in a musical-cooperation apart from having a wonderful session with Champion Jack Dupree at Jazzland, Vienna.

We all are looking forward to meet you at our next concerts to celebrate together Michael`s 25th anniversary on stage this year.

Michael's website is


Michael Pewny

Greta Holtrop (vocals, Holland)

With her versatile vocal talent and charismatic stage presence, the Dutch singer Greta Holtrop forms the perfect partner for Martijn Schoks swinging piano style. Her expressive voice, full of sincerity and emotion, seduces the ear with sultry interpretations of sensitive blues songs, turning just as easily to lively, swinging boogies. Boogie woogie great, Big Joe Duskin, has described her vocal tone as somewhere between Billie Holiday and Dina Washington.

Together with Martijn Schok, Greta performed during Boogie Woogie and Blues Festivals in the USA, Switzerland, France, Belgium and England. Greta also sang with other top boogie woogie players such as Bob Seeley (USA), Charlie Booty (USA), Jean-Paul Amouroux (F), Axel Zwingenberger (D), Ricky Nye (USA), Little Willie Littlefield (USA), Silvan Zingg (CH), Stefano Franco (It) and Mark Braun (USA).

Greta is vocalist and presenter of the successful theatre show, The Grand Piano Boogie Train with pianists Martijn Schok, Jaap Dekker and Jeroen Sweers.

Greta performed many times for national television in Holland as well as regional TV stations in the USA. For the year 2006, performances are scheduled during the Jazzfestival in Denmark.

Greta Holtrop

Rinus Groeneveld (saxophone, Holland)

The Amsterdam based Rinus Groeneveld is without doubt one of Hollands best tenor saxophone players. With his recognizable sound he blows a unique mix of jazz, blues, boogie woogie and rhythm and blues.

Rinus played all over the world with many jazz and blues musicians, such as Mose Mose Allison, Big Jay McNeeley, Rosa King and Hans Dulfer. Rinus has been part of the Martijn Schok Boogie & Blues Band since 1994 and was the recording engineer of the bands latest CD "Doing The Boogie Woogie", in his own recording studios in Amsterdam.

Rinus Groeneveld

Guitar Ray (guitar/vocals, Holland)

“Guitar Ray has got the GOODS”, Duke Robillard writes in his liner notes for the cd Guitar Ray-‘ Live at the Nix’, to be released on october 24th, 2004 on Firesweep Records. “Rockin', stompin' and swinging guitar music that sets his audience on its heels”, Robillard continues.
There’s no better way to describe the Red Hot Roots & Blues played by dutch guitarist/singer Raymond Nijenhuis, better known as ‘Guitar Ray’.
Both with his band ‘The Rhythm Dukes’ consisting of rock solid players Hans Molenaar (drums) and Jaap van der Sluijs (bass/vocals) and with various other groups he has appeared at many festivals and club gigs over the past few years and will be for many more years to come!

Ray toured and gigged all over West-Europe with many well known performing artists like Sax Gordon(USA), Teddy Edwards(USA) Mason Casey(USA), Madeline Bell(USA), Enrico Crivellaro (I) and the legendary Charlie McCoy (USA) to name but a few.
Highlights include a solo performance at Muriel Anderson’s “All Star Guitar Night” in Los Angeles(1999).Also in ’99 he was invited by Fender Musical Instruments to play a show at their plant in Ensenada, Mexico with his wife, singer Debby Knol.
Ray recorded cds with Jazz pianist Hod ’O’Brien (USA), New Thundering Swingmates, and Swingmatism.

Guitar Ray

Sergei Shapko (upright bass, Holland)

Bass player Sergei Shapko from Amsterdam plays bass in the real traditional style. With his self built upright bass, he knows exactly how to give the right groove to the music. Sergei is a specialist in the slapping bass style.

Together with drummer Maarten Kruijswijk, Sergei takes care of the swinging drive of the Internationale Boogie Woogie Festival Holland.

Sergei Shapko

Maarten Kruijswijk (drums, Holland)

In the life of the Amsterdam based drummer Maarten Kruijswijk (1964) the groove is the central thing. After completing his education at the Dutch Conservatory in 1989, he peformed for three years in the salsa band Fruta Bomba. After that he played, and still does, with tenorsaxophone player Rinus Groeneveld and played with Big Jay McNeely.

Maarten's jazz preference is Swing & Boogie. Combining these very swinging styles with his experience with Latin rhythms results in a natural basis for playing groovy New Orleans beats.

Because of his work as a drummer at the Dutch Acedemy for Dancing, he is always inspired to play music in a way that can be well danced on. "Rhythms exist to be danced on and to have fun!"

Maarten Kruijswijk

Swing Club Boogie World (dans, Holland)

Besides a musical style, Boogie Woogie is a swinging dance style.

The showteam of Swing Club Boogie World belongs the the world top of dancing.

The current two Dutch Champions are a member of this succesful showteam..

March 10th 2007, you can enjoy the spectacular dance show of Swing Club Boogie World...!

Showteam van Swing Club Boogie World