WHEATFIELD | Attorney turned boogie, blues and ragtime musician Matthew Ball, aka The Boogie Woogie Kid, will heat up the piano keys from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday for a one-hour Veterans Day performance at the Wheatfield Public Library, 350 S. Bierma St.
Admission is free.
He will feature an All-American program of family piano favorites from the swing era.
With more than 2.8 million youtube views of his past performance and at-home video footage, Ball has attracted plenty of attention from music lovers.
He also boasts a pedagogical link to Frederic Chopin himself, having studied classically at Oakland University in Rochester, Minn., with Dr. Flavio Varani, who traces his pedigree of study through the Paris Conservatory back to Chopin by way of Magda Tagliaferro, Alfred Cortot, and Emile Descombs, late pupil of composer Chopin.
Classics like "Swanee River," "Over the Rainbow," "The Entertainer," "In the Mood" and "Bumble Boogie" are on the play list for Tuesday.
Ball left a career as an attorney in 2001 after he attended a local boogie-woogie festival to become a musician. After a decade in the field, he has distinguished himself as "a nationally emerging boogie-woogie master."