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Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88's are the torch bearers of a great American musical heritage. Taking their inspiration from the great jump n' boogie outfits and swingin' little big bands of the 40's, they breathe fresh life into the vanishing brand of music that gave birth to rock 'n' roll.
Mitch takes his cue from his jumpin' n' jivin', shoutin' n' honkin', pumpin' n' poundin' predecessors, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Joe and Jimmie Liggins, and Louis Prima, just to name a few. Mitch's pile drivin' piano licks and energetic stage persona combine with the Rocket 88's swingin' horns, thumpin' bass, rockin' guitar and jungle drums to send a crowd into dancing delight.
are one of the first bands on the West Coast to reach back to an
earlier time in American music using humor, style, musicianship and
showmanship to forge their own swinging brand of music -- which they
Call it Nouveau Swing or
whatever, Mitch Woods & the 88's have distilled the
essence of jump, swing and boogie woogie, made it their own, and
deliver it to the present.
Woods was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved to the San Francisco Bay
Area in 1971 and began performing as Mitch Woods & His Red Hot
Mama, featuring his boogie woogie piano and the sultry voice of the Red Hot Mama (Susan Savoy) on tunes by Billie Holiday,
Bessie Smith and Fats Waller. The band broke up as Mitch moved to Hawaii to embark on a solo career in the late
70's. He returned in 1981 to form the first incarnation of the
Rocket 88's with former members of the David Bromberg Band,
including John Firmin on sax, now leading his own swingin' big band, The Johnny Nocturne Band.
Mitch Woods And His Rocket 88's have built a large
national and international following as they perform at clubs and
festivals worldwide. Look for tunes by Mitch & the 88's on "Next
Generation Swing Vol. 2"
Squirrel Nut Zippers,
Cherry Poppin' Daddies, "Swing
Sucks" (Liberation) with Royal Crown Revue, and
"Swing This, Baby
Vol. 2" (Beyond/BMG) with New Morty Show, Lavay Smith, Steve Lucky.
What better way to go than kicking up your heels with a smile on your face, jumpin' and jivin' to Mitch Woods & His rocket 88's.
Notable songs include --
Shakin' the Shack
Solid Gold Cadillac
Moanin' N' Ticklin'
Jump for Joy
Honkin', Shoutin', Pumpin', Poundin'
Jive Mr. Boogie
House of Blue Lights
Boogie Woogie Barbecue
What others say --
"Woods rocks the joint with some of the jumpin'est piano we've heard."
"Mitch Woods...give heart and soul to jump blues...Woods sings with smooth ebullience and hammers the piano keys with the unchecked gaiety of mentors Fess Longhair and Amos Milburn."
-- Frank-John Hadley
"Piano master Mitch Woods is one of the brightest exponents of West Coast swing, Kansas City boogie-woogie and Chicago blues. Woods also has a fine touch for New Orleans' piano polyrhythms."
-- Scott Jordan
"It's not easy to play that Professor Longhair piano lick those rippling rumba triplets in the right hand against a driving, eight-to-the-bar boogie in the left but San Francisco's Mitch Woods plays it as well as anyone outside New Orleans ever has. This may be complicated music to play, but it's very easy music to hear. There's something about the syncopated bounce of boogie-woogie that lifts one's spirits even as it shifts one's shoulders and hips."
-- Geoffrey Himes
San Francisco Examiner:
"Few pianists around have better captured the definitive boogie-blues, eight-to-the-bar styles of Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Otis Spann, Meade Lux Lewis...and all the rest Woods is one of them."
-- Philip Elwood
New York Post:
"One of the top boogie/blues piano men around."
-- Dan Aquilante
San Francisco Bay Guardian:
"As a keeper of the flame, Woods has always been able to blast headlong through the inferno on the strength of his dazzling boogie-woogie chops."
-- Derk Richardson
""Keeper of The Flame" has to be one of the most uplifting recordings to have vibrated my woofers in a long time. It's like witnessing one of those breathtaking moments of music where the unspoken communication and the resulting musical dialogue can raise a goose bump or two. It has the power to charm and to entertain, the power to inspire and to motivate. Definitely do not miss out."
-- Maureen DelGrosso
"If it takes 88 keys to open the door to your heart, then pianist Mitch Woods ought to be your doorman."
-- Bill Kisliuk
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