Ethan Leinwand is a St. Louis-based pianist and preservationist who presents personal interpretations of many of the great (and forgotten) old-time masters. He specializes in St. Louis pre-war piano blues, Texas barrelhouse, Deep South barrelhouse, early Chicago boogie-woogie, and good-time hokum stride. His influences include Jimmy Yancey, Henry Brown, Little Brother Montgomery, Peetie Wheatstraw, Aaron “Pinetop” Sparks, Albert Ammons, Black Bob, Cooney Vaughn, Professor Longhair, and Carl Sonny Leyland.
Originally from Middletown, CT, Ethan has spent time living in New Orleans and Brooklyn. He moved to St. Louis in the summer of 2014, and, connecting with the city’s thriving blues community and its deep piano blues heritage, has quickly become a mainstay. His concert at Rose Avenue, arranged for us by ragtime luminary Virginia Tichenor, will be his very first Bay Area performance.
“[His] heart throbs to the striding, syncopated beat of early 20th century music.… He makes it his mission to tie the music to the present and continue what he sees as an interwoven tapestry of musicians.”
—Christian Schaeffer, Riverfront Times