Biography

As a child Boogie Phil had already a huge interest in the music of Little Brother Montgomery, Albert Ammons, Jimmy Yancey and numerous other pianists who lived and played music approximately around the first half of the 19th century. With patience beyond measure, he studied old blues and boogie woogie recordings for many years. Gradually he built up his own style and became a successful pianist who initially performed only as a solo pianist. After some time he started thinking about forming a band and a career as a professional musician. Between 1993 and 1997 he studied at the jazz academy in Ghent Belgium whereafter music became fulltime business. His first band was called THE CHEVY’S. Through his interest in the boogiestyle he discover the black jump bands from the fifties, often with a boogie pianist as key figure supported by a small hornsection, which are considered to be the pioneers of rock’n’roll.

DSC_0233

In 2008 he started a new project THE RHYTHM DEVILS, more or less in line with his previous band, but with a more obstinate repertoire. Boogie Phil started singing as well. Besides the piano, the tenor saxophone was a key feature here as it was within the original black jump bands who were successful for a short period of time shortly after the second world war.

DSC_2869