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Detroit Blues Heritage Series | Blues and Boogie Woogie

  • 18 Apr 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • The Scarab Club
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Canceled--We hope to reschedule this event. Watch for updates.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 | 2 pm | Tickets $10

Blues Heritage Series
A collaboration between the Scarab Club and the Detroit Blues Society

Seating is limited and may not be available at the door, so get your tickets early

On Saturday April 18, 2020 The Detroit Blues Heritage Series will present “Blues and Boogie Woogie”. This event will take place at the Historic Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth in Detroit’s Midtown Cultural from 2-4 pm.

Featured at this event will be French Blues and Boogie pianist Philippe LeJuene. He will be joined by Detroit artist Pat Prouty (Bass) and Julian Van Slyke (Drums)

Philippe LeJeune is a perfect example of the mixture of jazz and blues which was especially an important strain in the jazz tradition. The young pianist attended in 1968 a concert in Reims (France) by master boogie woogie and blues pianist and singer Memphis Slim, and immediately put an end to his classical efforts and began teaching himself piano blues, scouring local record shops fort LP's by boogie woogie greats. In 1980 he was invited by Memphis Slim himself - who had been a Parisian citizen since 1962 - to cut an album titled "Dialog In Boogie" as a piano duet.

Philippe Lejeune's playing creates a strong blues flavor of soulful, swinging jazz. His repertoire reflects the pianist important early influences, honoring the blues ans jazz masters who inspired him when he first began playing jazz. His playing is always a brilliant assortment of sobriety and expressiveness. Philippe LeJeune has a wide repertoire ranging from classic barrelhouse boogie woogie piano to Duke Ellington and Horace Silver tunes as well those of Milt Jackson and Neal Hefti, but he sounds 'at home' when playing the blues.

For more than twenty years the Detroit Blues Society and the Scarab Club have collaborated on the Blues Heritage Series. Both organizations are 501c3 nonprofit organizations. For more information please call the Scarab Club (313-831-1250) or contact the Detroit Blues Society at

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The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.

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