Michael Pewny

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Michael PewnyMichael Pewny was born in Vienna on November 11th, 1963. As making music runs in the family, he started playing classical piano at the age of six. At age thirteen, he taught himself to play Blues & Boogie Woogie piano by listening to old records of his favourite piano players, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis, who were popular in the USA in the late 30s.

It was the legendary 1976 Vienna Boogie Woogie Session which inspired him to intensify his piano efforts.

Already in 1979 Michael had his first concert at the VHS in Hietzing and then at the Viennese blues club 'Papa's Tapas' not before 1981. After nine years of playing in clubs (especially at Jazzland and Roter Engel) to finance his university studies and during the ensuing military service, he recorded his first LP 'Vienna Boogie Woogie' with Torsten Zwingenberger on drums in 1988.

In 1990, Bellaphon became interested in his music and released 'Left Hand Roller' featuring Michael together with the British singer Dana Gillespie. After several trips to the USA with GŁnther Schifter, primarily to New Orleans, and journeys to Asia, he recorded his second CD 'Boogie On My Mind' featuring Martin Wichtl on saxophone and the singer Sabine Ruzicka from Krems (unfortunately the cooperation came to a halt when she pursued a medical career).

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