Michael Kaeshammer

“It’s a lover you have to play the whole box”


Among the brightest stars on the Canadian jazz scene is Michael Kaeshammer, award-winning singer, songwriter and piano player.

Kaeshammer trained as a classical pianist in his native Germany before turning to boogie-woogie piano, the style for which he has become famous. While Kaeshammer’s fiery style incorporates elements of his early influences – the New Orleans sound of Fats Waller, Art Tatum and James Booker – he also takes his cue from one of his own all-time favourite records, Robert Palmer’s Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, recorded in New Orleans with influential local funk outfit, The Meters, in 1974.

Kaeshammer is best known in Canada but tours extensively throughout the US and Europe. He has 7 albums to his credit and continues to amaze live audiences with his astounding energy and his command of a staggering array of jazz forms. Kaeshammer has won 3 West Coast Music awards and has been nominated for 3 Junos.


Is there any style of music Michael cannot play? Apparently not. Not only does he play every style from classical, to jazz to blues, boogie woogie and much more but he often intertwines the two to create his own fusion style of music. His pure enthusiasm for the art is felt in every toe tapping beat he keeps, to the drumming on the piano and using it as a musical instrument all on it’s own?

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