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Piano Blues refers to a variety of blues styles, sharing only the characteristic that they use the piano as the primary musical instrument. Boogie woogie is the best known kind of piano blues, though barrelhouse, swing, R&B, rock and roll and jazz are strongly influenced by early pianists who played the blues. Notable blues pianists include Roosevelt Sykes, Memphis Slim, Otis Spann, Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Dr. John, and Ray Charles.

Piano Blues is also the title of an episode of Martin Scorsese's documentary series The Blues. The episode was directed by Clint Eastwood, himself an avid piano blues enthusiast and one-time jazz pianist. Eastwood interviews several blues and jazz pianists, including Marcia Ball, Pinetop Perkins, Dave Brubeck, Jay McShann, Ray Charles, and Dr. John. More information is available on the episode's website.


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