Hard driviní, old school Rhythm & Blues, complemented by some killer Boogie Woogie, by the fastest, flashiest, piano-thumping boogie man from the Netherlands. Yes, thatís right. This Dutch based, drive by piano player hits hard and will take no prisoners! As soon as he starts pounding the ivories, youíll be on your way to the Land of Good Times.
"We can definitely say Mr.Boogie Woogie is not an acquired taste. His enthusiastic piano attacks are instantly accessible. He starts playing, you start smiling." Chuck Graham - Tucson Citizen
Mr.Boogie Woogie (aka) Eric-Jan Overbeek was born on April 5,
1967 in Nieuw Vennep, the Netherlands. Mesmerized by that old piano in the
living room, Eric-Jan began studying classical piano at the age of eight. He
demonstrated early an extraordinary talent for musical arrangement and got his
first job at age twelve playing piano as an accompanist for dance classes.
Most recently, in April 2011 Overbeek was voted Best Dutch Blues Pianist 2010. He also won the prestigious title of Best European Blues Pianist 2005 in the company of the many of the world's best blues artists.
During his 30 year carreer he has opened the stage for international giants of blues like Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Johnny Copeland, Van Morrison, Koko Taylor, Magic Slim and the Teardrops and even The Blues Brothers Band. In 2010 Mr.Boogie Woogie and his band opened the 35th edition of the world famous North Sea Jazzfestival.
By 1994 Overbeek had started his own Boogie & Blues Night Festival in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands. Due to the overwhelming success, 2005 saw the show go on the road. Now it plays in theatres throughout Holland. The festival features international rhythm and blues artists such as Sam Taylor, Little Willie Littlefield, Bruce Katz as well as Dutch phenomenons Rob Hoeke and Rob Agerbeek.
On his own Firesweep Records label Mr.Boogie Woogie has recorded 12 CDís, 1 DVD, 2 EPís and 2 CD singles and toured internationally in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Poland and Corsica.
"We have just received the Mr.Boogie Woogie CDs here at PBS and rushed them to air. Real blues, played the way we like it. HOT!!! At last a return to what blues is about, that feeling, that groove and of course that talent. So good it sizzles!!!!!!!!!!!!!"- Radio Station PBS FM 106-7 Melbourne Australia
"Mr.Boogie Woogie is a piano player and singer with such an explosive energy, you canít help but be taken in a whirl of wild hip shaking." - Blues Matters UK issue 58
Itís not for nothing that they call him; "the Hardest WorkiníMan in Boogie Land!" - a fan
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