Biography

 

Award winning Blues and Boogie Woogie pianist Arthur Migliazza began playing the piano professionally at the age of 13. It was through his love of Blues music and his dedication to the piano that he came under the wing of such mentors/teachers as Henry Butler, Ann Rabson and Mr. B. Aside from these direct influences, Arthur spent many years listening to and studying the recordings of piano players such as Otis Spann, Albert Ammons, Jimmy Yancey, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Jay McShann, Katie Webster, and many more.


Arthur has been inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, was a finalist at the 2010 and 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, and in his 20+ years of performing has shared the stage with Albert Lee, John Mooney, Little Milton, Buckwheat Zydeco, Guitar Shorty, Saffire the Uppity Blues Women, Cephas and Wiggins, Robert Cray, Bob Margolin, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Bob Malone, Bruce Katz, Henry Butler and David Maxwell to name a few, in venues all over the US, Europe, Japan and Russia.


In 2005 Arthur was awarded the TAMMY Award for Best Keyboardist in Tucson, AZ and in 2014 he received the Best of the Blues Award for Best Keyboardist in Washington State. His latest album, Laying It Down, is currently #1 on the Roots Music radio chart for Washington State, and reached #20 on the national Roots Music radio chart.


In addition to being a performer, Arthur began teaching piano lessons at age 15. During the last 19 years he has frequently been a part of the staff at the internationally famous Augusta Blues Week in Elkins, WV and Centrum Blues Week in Port Townsend, WA.


A common response to watching Arthur perform is "Wow, I didn't know it was possible to play the piano like that!”




NOTABLE PERFORMANCES


  1. Tucson Blues Festival -- Tucson, AZ 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999

  2. Cincy Blues Fest (Arches Piano Stage) -- Cincinnati, OH 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009

  3. Tucson Folk Festival -- Tucson, AZ  1996 – 2009

  4. Indian Market Concert Series -- Santa, Fe, NM  2001

  5. Soho Jazz Club -- Hiroshima, Japan  2003

  6. Blues and Boogie Piano Summit -- Newport, KY  2005

  7. Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Festival -- Tucson, AZ  2005, 2007-2011

  8. Notte Bianca Festival -- Voghera, Italy  2007

  9. Club Tour -- Amsterdam, Netherlands  2007

  10. Boston Dreams Jazz Club -- Roppongi, Japan  2009

  11. Phoenix Blues Festival -- Phoenix, AZ  2010

  12. The “Big Gig” -- Monroe, MI  2012

  13. Festival International de Blues and Boogie -- Paris, France  2012, 2013

  14. Foundry Arts Center -- St. Charles, MO  2010-2013

  15. Glen Gould Studio -- Toronto, CA 2013

  16. Tacoma Blues and Jazz Festival -- Tacoma, WA 2013

  17. Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival -- Portland, OR 2013

  18. Tchaikovsky Hall -- Moscow, RU 2013


RECOGNITION


  1. Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, Inducted 2010

  2. Finalist at the International Blues Challenge – Memphis, TN 2010, 2014

  3. Tucson Area Music Award (Best Keyboardist) 2005

  4. Best of the Blues Award (Best Keyboardist in Washington State) 2014


©2014 Arthur Migliazza