Friday, February 17, 2012

New Orleans "Boogie-Woogie" musician visits Jewish, Arab students

From the US Embassy in Tel Aviv:

New Orleans Boogie-Woogie pianist Mitch Woods visit Israel as a "target of opportunity" artist for three master classes and a performance for Jewish and Arab music students in Tel Aviv, Jaffa, and Shfar'am. Woods amazed the students with his bursting energies and virtuosity. He explained the origins of Rock-n-Roll, the uniqueness of his American style and technique, and its connection to jazz music. He also taught the students several pieces and played with them in spontaneous jam sessions. The show in Shfar'am was especially moving due to the opening of a brand new jazz department in the Beit Almusica Conservatory only few months ago.