The legendary Queens of Boogie Woogie are back for a 16th unpredictable and soulful year. This year’s line up of great American piano stylists includes awad winning international artist Sue Palmer, Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame's Liz Pennock, and International Blues Challenge Finalist Wendy DeWitt. Yoshis Oakland welcomes the Queens on Thursday May 14th at 8:00pm and on May 15th Friday at Lakeport's Soper~Reese Theatre.
Piano player/singer Liz Pennock began performing professionally as a solo artist. Undaunted by what might seem a limitation to lesser hearts, Pennock was born minus two fingers on each hand, a fact not evident from the other side of the piano. She has developed her own powerful ivory-tickling style, inspiring countless listeners. Pennock’s songwriting ranges from the romantic to the rollicking, and she also plays trombone and harmonica, having been sponsored by Hohner.
Liz Pennock and her partner Dr. Blues performed with legendary blues shouter Diamond Teeth Mary McClain and co-produced Mary’s critically-acclaimed debut CD, Walking Mary’s Blues.
Since 2009, the duo has hosted and organized the annual Boogie Woogie/Blues Piano Stomp at the Palladium Theatre in St. Pete, FL. Liz has appeared with John Hammond, Diane Schuur, Carey Bell, Savoy Brown, Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women, and Leon Russell. Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues were inducted into the Boogie Woogie Piano Hall Of Fame in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2008.
Notorious for her beehive-wearing stint with blues diva Candye Kane in the '90's, Sue Palmer has been making her mark in the last decade with her band, the Motel Swing Orchestra. She has performed with Marcia Ball, Lou Ann Barton, Kim Wilson, Hadda Brooks and Sonny Leyland. San Diego's Queen of Boogie Woogie has been honored by having a day named after her, won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis for Best Self Produced CD and Best Blues Album and in December 2010, won the "Jim Croce Award for Excellence and Dedication to Music. Catch Sue at Boogie Woogie festivals world wide, and on the road with Candye Kane.
Wendy DeWitt is currently touring the US in support of a blues charting album Getaway and returns to Europe for a month in December. Her work is inspired by Otis Spann and Albert Ammons and seasoned by international festivals, work with Delmark recording artist Steve Freund and R&B legend Hank Ballard. Currently writing her 10th album Wendy also organizes the Queens of Boogie Woogie, San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival and the notorious Blues Piano Orgy series. Wendy teaches workshops from coast to coast and is a 2014 International Blues Challenge Finalist with duo partner Kirk Harwood, notorious for his seminal recording work with Norton Buffalo.
Wendy DeWitt initiated the Queens of Boogie Woogie for friendship, inspiration and outreach among all the Queens of Boogie Woogie. Shows have spread to Arizona, Washington, San Diego and Switzerland bringing together a vibrant group of women committed to continuing the tradition of high energy piano started by Hadda Brooks, Camille Howard and Hazel Scott.