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Jazz pianist Jools Holland explains a possible origin of the boogie-woogie style and identifies some of its key features. In addition, there is a description of how styles have developed and merged over time to create fusions such as a stride and boogie combination. Extracts from performances by musicians including Johnnie Johnson, George Shearing and Billy Preston are used to demonstrate blues piano styles.
First broadcast:
14 May 2008

Classroom Ideas

Students could use this clip to develop understanding of blues music focusing in particular on stride piano and boogie-woogie.