The Green Parrot Bar hosted its 2nd Annual Boogie Woogie Throwdown last night. Consisting of three rounds, , this long-awaited rematch pits “The Pianamal” Barry Cuda against “Mr.Rocket 88” Mitch Woods with Key West’s own world famous drummer Richard Crooks reprising his role as referee.
With two pianos on stage at one time, it was a night of back-to-back piano fireworks as local boogie woogie Meister Barry Cuda went toe-to-toe with legendary Alligator Records recording artist Mitch Woods.
The match was spawned at a “Boogie Woogie Piano Night” at the Hell Blues Festival in Norway there years ago at a show that featured Cuda and Woods plus other world class exponents of this primitive piano-blues style trading licks in machine-gun fashion.
Pure boogie woogie duos became popular back in the late thirties and forties when the great Pete Johnson/Albert Ammons duo made their debut at the “Swings to Spirituals” concert organized by John Hammond. This was the concert series that legitimized jazz as an art form.