Attorney leaves practice to pursue Jazz Career
Matthew Ball is proof that life can begin again at 30. A native Detroiter and graduate of Oakland University & The University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Ball quickly found himself disillusioned by the day to day grind of office work & politics. In 2001 he attended a Motor City Boogie-Woogie & Blues Festival that became for him the start of a journey that would shape him into one of Detroit’s top boogie-woogie & blues pianists.
Inspired by the performances he saw at the Festival, Ball eventually sought out and convinced Detroit fixture and Boogie-Woogie Hall of Famer Bob Seeley to give him lessons. By 2005 Ball was headlining with some of the same performers he had first seen in 2001 at the 11th Annual Cincinnati Blues Fest.
“It helped to have my classical training of course” says Ball, “but boogie-woogie & blues are really very different . . . it was hard work, but I finally did it.”
Today Matthew Ball, a/k/a The Boogie Woogie Kid, maintains an active performance schedule as a Jazz pianist, and hopes to become an advocate for the boogie-woogie art-form.
To find out more about Matthew & his music you can visit him on the web @ www.boogiewoogiekid.com . This Saturday, May 15th, at 8pm, he performs at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., in Sandwich http://sandwichoperahouse.com .