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boogie-woogie beat drives pianist

Michael Kaeshammer revels in jazzing up boogie-woogie. Kamloops music lovers will have a chance to catch one of Canada's rising stars in a free performance in University College of the Cariboo's Alumni Theatre on Jan. 18.

Michael Kaeshammer revels in jazzing up boogie-woogie.

Kamloops music lovers will have a chance to catch one of Canada's rising stars in a free performance in University College of the Cariboo's Alumni Theatre on Jan. 18.

Kaeshammer was born in Germany and started classical piano training at the age of six. Seven years later, he discovered boogie-woogie and there was no looking back. By the time he was 16, he was playing boogie-woogie piano in clubs, concerts and festivals across Germany.

The family moved to Canada in the mid-1990s and his coming-out party was the TerrifVic Jazz Party in 1996 in Victoria. Later the same year, he released his first solo CD to critical raves.

Two years later, Tell You How I Feel gave him the chance to work with a full band in the recording studio and the results were impressive.

For his latest CD, No Strings Attached, he combines classics such as Maple Leaf Rag with his own works. Snow At Lake Simcoe, featuring the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, was inspired by the movie 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould.

The UCC concert starts at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.