Michael Pewny

Michael Pewny was born in Vienna on November 11th,1963. As making music runs in the family, he started playing classical piano at the age of six. At age thirteen, he taught himself to play Blues & Boogie Woogie piano by listening to old records of his favourite piano players, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis, who were popular in the USA in the late 30s. It was the legendary 1976 Vienna Boogie Woogie Session which inspired him to intensify his piano efforts.

Already in 1979 Michael had his first concert at the VHS in Hietzing and then at the Viennese blues club "Papa's Tapas" not before 1981. After nine years of playing in clubs (especially at Jazzland and Roter Engel) to finance his university studies and during the ensuing military service, he recorded his first LP "Vienna Boogie Woogie" with Torsten Zwingenberger on drums in 1988.

In 1990, Bellaphon became interested in his music and released "Left Hand Roller" featuring Michael together with the British singer Dana Gillespie.
After several trips to the USA with Günther Schifter, primarily to New Orleans, and journeys to Asia, he recorded his second CD "Boogie On My Mind" featuring Martin Wichtl on saxophone and the singer Sabine Ruzicka from Krems (unfortunately the cooperation came to a halt when she pursued a medical career).

In 1994, Bellaphon released the CD "Vienna Boogie Woogie", followed by "Crazy 'Bout Boogie" in 1996, which featured Christian Dozzler on harmonica, vocals and accordion. Festivals in Austria (Vienna) and abroad (Munich, Paris, Ecaussinnes, Ermelo and Burghausen) as well as trips to L.A. and Barcelona gave Michael inspiration and ideas for the recording of "Movin' To Chicago" in 1999, which features Al Cook, Martin Breinschmid and his father Leopold. It was the first recording under the control of his own label "Susy Records".

In 1998, Michael joined the Burghausen Jazz-Festival with Big Jay Mc Neely & Dana Gillespie. In 2000, on the occasion of his 20th stage anniversary, which coincided with the Millennium year, he released "20 Years Jamboree" in co-operation with Oscar Klein, Gerd Stächelin and Hans Bichler. In 2001 Steamin' Blues was released by Susy Records which has been featuring Sister Shirley Sydnor (USA), Katie Kern, Gerald Seilinger, Alfred Winter and Heini Altbart.

2003 was an interesting and very international year. First of all the production of his first DVD and then festivals in Lugano (Switzerland) with Silvan Zingg and Axel Zwingenberger, La Roquebrou (Southern France) with fellow musicians from all over the world, including Jean Paul Amaroux, Martijn Schok, Ricky Nye, Christian Bleiming, Errol Dixon, Stefano Franco und Greta Holtrop, and last but not least Chicago and his meeting with US performer Karen Caroll with whom we did start 2004 in a concert.

At the occasion of this year's concert at Burg Perchtoldsdorf it was decided this year to release the 2002 recordings with Anke Lamprecht and the Timeless choir and the 2003 recordings with Karen Caroll on CD.

Festivals in Hamburg (with Axel Zwingenberger, Joe Bohnsack, Wince Weber) as well as his visit to the U.S. and his meeting with The Comets in Las Vegas (50 Years of Rock`n Roll at the Vienna Konzerthaus on Nov. 12th) and Fats Domino in New Orleans, gave Michael more inspiration and motivation for the next Concerts in Vienna with Sweet System (F), Axel Zwingenberger, Christian Dozzler and Christoph Steinbach and for the next year.

In 2006 Michael released his new CD with Ricky Nye, Julian Philipps, Petra Golser and Roman Polt.

In 2007 Michael started as a Festival Director to organize the International Boogie Woogie Festival in Brunn am Gebirge,, which will take part again this year.

Nowadays, Michael plays solo or with his band and he loves playing with blues musicians from all over the world like
Original Bill Haley's Comets, Dana Gillespie,Linda Gail Lewis, Wanda Jackson, Abi Wallenstein, Wendy De Witt, Little Willie Littlefield, Ricky Nye, Axel Zwingenberger, Vince Weber, Jean Paul Amouroux, Jean Pierre Bertrand, Fabrice Eulry, Carl Sonny Leyland, Doretta Carter, Judy Archer, Anela Brown, Janice Harrington, Anke Angel, Al Cook, Christian Dozzler, Oscar Klein, Boogie Boys, Daniel Balasz, Julien Brunetaud, Jo Bohnsack, Rob Agerbeek, Martin Pyrker, Mojo Blues Band u.v.a., just to mention a few.

In 2009 Michael was considered in a Hollywood Movie "He`s Just Not That Into You" with Ben Affleck und Jennifer Aniston with one song "Sweet Sixteen Bars" from his first CD. "Vienna Boogie Woogie" with Torsten Zwingenberger.

In 2012 his first Solo CD "Der Hollywood Pianist" was released and recorded and nowadays, at his 35th anniversary on stage, 2014, his 13th`s album, live in Vienna Reigen, with Big Jay Mc Neely.

Leopold Pewny, Vienna, 2014