16 Nov 18Finalized
Friday's Blues & AUGUST THARRATS & PAUL SAN MARTIN
Friday 16 November, 6:00 pm: VII Fridays Blues & Boogie-Woogie Piano Meeting with:
AUGUST THARRATS & PAUL SAN MARTIN
August Tharrats, piano. Paul San Martin, piano, voice
Undoubtedly August Tharrats is the pioneer of the Blues and Boogie Woogie piano in Catalonia. At age 4 he discovers the Blues listening to Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton ... He is totally self-taught and that has meant that he has approached this music with humility, creating a very personal language. Perhaps for this reason musicians such as Teddy Edwards, Gene "Mighty Flea" Connors or B.B.King have congratulated him on his way of playing the blues. Admirer of pianists of the school of Kansas City like Jay McShann, at the moment he is a prestigious bluesman of the national scene by his interpretative quality and honesty on the scene. Musician capable of captivating viewers with a personal style full of blues, boogie-woogie and swing with a huge capacity for communication.
Paul was born in San Sebastian in 1979. He graduated in jazz piano, his great passion was and still is the blues. His first contact with this style was through the British rhythm & blues groups of the 60s. He has been acting since he was 15 years old and is currently totally immersed in the pianistic tradition of the blues, dominating styles such as "stride" or the "boogie woogie"
In 2011 he released his first solo work, "Tracks", a piano and voice album. Together with his group Stay Blues he has participated in different blues festivals and, for five consecutive years, he has performed at the prestigious San Sebastian Jazz Festival. In summer of 2007, the band also published its first disc. In 2013, Paul released a new work in piano and voice, "Paul's Mood", pianistic immersion in the different blues styles.
His influences include those of musicians such as Alan Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roosevelt Sykes, Memphis Slim, Otis Spann, Sunnyland Slim, Dr John, Professor Longhair or James Booker
Throughout his already extensive career, Paul San Martín has collaborated with artists of great relevance, among which Nico Wayne Toussaint, Otis Grand, Gerry Hundt, Lluís Coloma, James Armstrong, Ñaco Goñi, Slam Allen, Sax Gordon, Chris stand out Ruest or the legendary blues legend Billy Boy Arnold. Paul comes directly from San Sebastian to participate in the Fridays Blues & Boogie Woogie piano meeting of MEAM.