Ethan Leinwand

Blues Piano

Ethan Leinwand -  Blues Piano


Ethan Leinwand is a St. Louis-based blues pianist and preservationist. A student of the music’s rich history and varied regional styles, Ethan presents personal interpretations of many of the great (and forgotten) old-time barrelhouse 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.

Though it’s a tradition rarely championed, the piano has played a tremendous role in the history and development of the blues. In his performances, Ethan teaches this story, connecting tunes with the pianists, regions and environments whence it came. Ultimately, a more complete history of the blues emerges. 

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. In addition to his solo work, Ethan plays in multiple projects, including The Bottlesnakes (piano/guitar duo with Nick Pence), The St. Louis Steady Grinders (with vocalist Valerie Kirchhoff), and NYC-based  Chickentown (with Joaquin Cotler on vocals/washboard and Seth Johnson on guitar). He also performs regularly with The Tom Hall, Mat Wilson, and Miss Jubilee & The Humdingers.

Ethan has performed at The Arches Boogie-Woogie Stage at the Cincy Blues Fest, The Big Muddy Blues Festival (St. Louis, MO), Chase Garrett’s Boogie Stomp (Iowa City, IA), Ricky Nye’s Blues & Boogie Summit (Cincinnati, OH), The Jalopy Theater (Brooklyn, NY), and upcoming in 2017: The University of Chicago Folk Fest, The Brooklyn Folk Fest, The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop, and Pianissimo Piano Festival (Nuremberg, Germany).


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