Sunday, January 28, 2018

Ask Me If I Give a Schnitt

Curious about what happens when a stride pianist entertains day-drinkers, I dropped into KC Bier Co. to catch Bram Wijnands today.  The native of the Netherlands plays at the establishment every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  I should have seen it coming, but I was nonetheless surprised to discover that Wijnands began his outing for more than three dozen revelers with 30 minutes of traditional German beer hall accordion music.  I found his efforts far more compelling than the action on the muted televisions displaying sports broadcasts.  When he turned his attention to a vintage upright piano to play the burly swing that made his reputation, Wijnands was joined by a man on spoons who evoked the artful percussion of an agile tap dancer. 

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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