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Carl Sonny Leyland (2007)

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One of the most adept current performers of those most American of musics, blues and boogie woogie piano, Carl Sonny Leyland (that's his real name) was born in the south of England.

Resident in the US for some 20 years, he started in New Orleans (where else?), and gradually worked his way west to California.

He has appeared at festivals from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee to the West Coast Ragtime Festival, and from the San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival to the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival.

Musicians with whom he has performed are a diverse bunch, including Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets, Big Sandy & his Fly Rite Boys, Deke Dickerson, Gremoli, George Probert, Dan Barrett, Lowell Fulsom, Jerry McCain, Billy Lee Riley, Janis Martin, Johnnie Johnson, and--last but far from least--Champion Jack Dupree.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Meade "Lux" Lewis Classic Jazz Piano Honky Tonk Train Blues (Bluebird)
# 2 Cripple Clarence Lofton Piano Blues, Vol. 9 Brown Skin Girls (Magpie)
# 3 Jazz Gillum Jazz Gillum: The Essential I'm Not the Lad (Classic Blues)
# 4 Harry "The Hipster" Gibson Boogie Woogie in Blue Riot in Boogie (Musicraft)
# 5 James P. Johnson 1938-1942 Old-Fashioned Love (Classics)
# 6 Tommy Ladnier Steppin' on the Blues Really the Blues (ASV/Living Era)
# 7 Albert Ammons 1936-1939 Boogie Woogie Blues (Classics)
# 8 Elmore James Blues Masters: The Very Best of Elmore James Standing at the Crossroads (Rhino)
# 9 Sonny Cole Rockabilly Rarities, Vol. 3 Robinson Crusoe Bop (Yeaah)
Book Trevor Ravenscroft, "Spear of Destiny"
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