American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A style of blues piano playing characterized by an up-tempo rhythm, a repeated melodic pattern in the bass, and a series of improvised variations in the treble.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Music) an instrumental version of the blues (especially for piano).
- n. an instrumental version of the blues (especially for piano)
- Unknown (Wiktionary)
- Possibly from Black West African English (Sierra Leone) bogi(-bogi), to dance; possibly akin to Hausa buga, to beat drums. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Swing and boogie-woogie were early favorites, then bebop and rhythm and blues.”
“The East German newspaper Neues Deutschland charged the United States with dumping “a mudslide of boogie-woogie” on Communist youth.”
“That same year, another East German official declared that by resisting jazz, his countrymen were defending their “national cultural tradition” against both “American imperialist ideologies” and “barbarization by the boogie-woogie ‘culture.’””
“While tending his cousin's bar, Mr. Domino listened to a steady diet of boogie-woogie piano records on the jukebox.”
“She had a prolific career as a composer, arranger and nimble player of blues, boogie-woogie, swing and be-bop.”
“The band broke up in 1938, and Mr. Shearing went on to a solo career, winning awards for his mastery of the boogie-woogie and stride styles.”
“It doesn't have a happy ending, but it's got other assets, including bluegrass and an ace boogie-woogie.”
“On 14 June 1955 Tony Mottram, the British tennis hope of those days, chose as one of his Desert Island Discs Fats Waller's "Alligator Crawl", a thrilling boogie-woogie rumble.”
“Shearing won over American audiences with his own style of boogie-woogie, blues and jazz swing which later became known as "The Shearing Sound.”
“I think I first found it in a piano book that belonged to my sister that was sort of an anthology of blues, boogie-woogie and stride piano.”
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