This skilled creative collective could wrap their arms around the globe. Much respect, big hugs.
Barrelhouse blues pianist and preservationist based in St. Louis, MO, and a student of the music’s rich history and varied regional styles, Ethan Leinwand presents personal interpretations of many of the great (and forgotten) old-time masters. Though rarely championed and little remembered today, barrelhouse piano is an important and impressive piece of the blues story. Combining elements of ragtime, boogie-woogie, and early jazz – all with a low-down blues feeling – barrelhouse blues is a two-handed piano style built to keep ‘em dancing. Ethan shares his passion for this forgotten genre through storytelling and performance, shedding light on the music, the players, and the environments whence they came. Originally from Middletown, CT, Ethan has spent time living in New Orleans and Brooklyn. He moved to St. Louis, MO in 2014 and performs regularly in his adopted home city. In addition to his solo work, Ethan is a part of multiple projects, including Miss Jubilee and the Yas Yas Boys, The Bottlesnakes, and The St. Louis Steady Grinders.