NOW booking for 2010 ATTENTION ALL FESTIVAL PROMOTERS and TALENT BUYERS Always a Crowd Pleaser, it’s…. “Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s”

Call now to book them for your 2010 festival or venue

Twenty Years of Recordings Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s have been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage, not for two years but two decades.

Taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits of the late 40s and early 50s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n’ roll. woods styled his group after the jumpin’ n’ jivin’, shoutin’ n’ hokin’, pumpin’ n’ poundin’ bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piledrivin’ piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Woods and His Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call “rock-a-boogie.”

In Spring 2010 Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s will release and tour behind their newest album GUMBO BLUES.


“Mitch Woods…give heart and soul to jump blues…Woods sings with smooth ebullience and hammers the piano keys with the unchecked gaiety of mentors Professor Longhair and Amos Milburn.” — Frank John Hadley, Downbeat

“Piano master Mitch Woods is one of the brightest exponents of West Coast swing, Kansas City boogie-woogie, and Chicago blues. Woods also has a fine touch for New Orleans’ piano polyrhythms.” — Scott Jordan, Offbeat

“It’s not easy to play that Professor Longhair piano lick – those rippling rumba triplets in the right hand against a driving, eight-to-the bar boogie in the left – but San Francisco’s Mitch woods plays it as well as anyone outside New Orleans ever has…” — Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post

“Few pianists around have better captured the definitive boogie blues, eight-to-the-bar styles of Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Otis Spann, Meade Lux Lewis…and all the rest — Woods is one of them.” — Philip Elwood, SF Examiner

“One of the top boggie/blues piano men around…” — Dan Aquilante, NY Post

“A two-fisted love letter to Fats Domino and Professor Longhair” – Blues Revue

“if it’s legitimate roots and Soul music from N’awlins that’s your passion, step right up for here it is,…by Woods and company.” — Blues Wax

Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s

phone: 415-606-1882

Ask about the Mitch Woods Boogie-Woogie Blowout! —
Mitch hosts and performs in this premier festival that features three of his favorite practitioners of this foot-stompin’ style that is the root of rock n’ roll, swing, blues,and much of American popular music. To showcase their very unique style and interpretation of this great musical form, each pianist performs solo, and then with an all-star rhythm section. For the finale, the players jump from piano to piano as the keys and fingers fly in a frenzy of boogie-woogie rhythms.

Mitch can tailor each Boogie Woogie Blowout to your unique festival or club environment. Working with the best pianists from around the USA and the world he can arrange the lineup according to your budget,region, and festival lineup. He can also include informative and fun piano workshops that discuss the unique history and technique in this great American musical form.

Upcoming Tour Dates
Date Time City Venue Appearing with
Feb 27, 2010 San Jose, CA Poorhouse Bistro
March 5, 2010 Torino, Italy Folk Club
March 6, 2010 Rome, Italy Arte Loft
March 9-12, 2010 Bern, Switzerland Marian’s Jazz Room
March 26, 2010 Horsens, Denmark Horsens Ny Teater
March 27, 2010 Slagesle, Denmark Slagesle Musikhus
March 29, 2010 Copenhagen, Denmark Pilegaarden Bronshoj
May 15, 2010 Tampa, FL Tropical Heatwave Festival
July 9-18, 2010 Perugia, Italy Umbria Jazz Festival
August 22, 2010 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Edmonton’s Labatt Blues Festival


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