Bogart's recording career has come full circle. Blind Pig Records was
privileged to release her debut recording "Out To Get You" in 1990 and
we are delighted that she chose the label for her latest effort "Real
Time". Deanna states "I've known the folks at Blind Pig since the
beginning of my solo career and when they called and asked if I'd like
to record for them again, I was very happy. Over the years we've
maintained a relationship of mutual respect, honesty and professionalism
and I knew they would stand behind me creatively, which they have. I am
genuinely excited about this record."
Since her debut recording Deanna has gone on to release five stellar
recordings that all received critical acclaim, "Crossing Borders" in
1992, "New Address" in 1997, "Great Unknown" in 1998, "Live" in 2001 and
"Timing Is Everything" in 2003.
Down Beat magazine describes Deanna Bogart as "an extravagant
entertainer", and entertain is what Bogart does best. The Maryland-based
blues and boogie pianist / saxophonist combines the energy of boogie
woogie with contemporary blues, jazz, R&B and country. "The goal when we
play live," says Bogart, "is to create a fusion of all these different
musical styles with the blues and boogie genuinely at the core."
Bogart began to develop her unique style as a side player in Cowboy
Jazz, a Maryland-based group that dedicated itself to the sound of
1940's western swing music. She joined the group at age 21 as vocalist
and spent several years learning and playing the cowboy rhythms that are
central to western swing. As her musical appetite grew she spent nearly
two years playing R&B with the Washington D.C.-based Root Boy Slim.
After getting her own band off the ground in 1988, she began playing
throughout the mid-Atlantic region and the West Coast, slowly building a
following and a reputation.
Since those early days her voice has developed an increasingly emotional
force, and her songwriting has expanded into a growing breadth of
complexity and lyrical subtlety. A woman who has managed to balance
single motherhood with the vicissitudes of life leading a successful
band for 15 years on the road has now begun to create music that
reflects a similar synthesis of the traditional and the non-traditional.
Bogart is philosophical about striking out in new directions. "Nothing
hurts creativity like safety" is her credo, "in art as in life, you
can't have magic if you're not willing to risk the train wrecks."
Addressing an increasingly broad range of personal subjects and life
experiences, Bogart has become much more than a splashy unforgettable
performer-she has established herself as a unique artistic spirit.
Despite the power of her recordings, Bogart still loves performing live
with her band. "Musicians play for 'one of those nights'. For me, that
means the moment I'm at the place where all past and present, pain and
joy, meet as one. For lack of a better term, I call it 'Deannaland'."
And it's a place that both audiences and other artists never tire of
visiting along with her. Bogart has appeared on stage with the likes of
BB King, Brian Setzer, Buddy Guy, James Brown,
Doctor John, They Might
Be Giants, Spyro Gyra, Ray Charles, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the
Neville Brothers and many more. She is the recipient of no less than 20
Washington Area Music Awards-the "Wammies".
The press is equally effusive. Blues Revue states that "A big part of
what makes Deanna Bogart such a delight is her vivacious, charismatic
live show. Whether displaying dazzling technical skills at the keyboard
or playing soulful tenor sax, the ensemble sound of Bogart and her band
is skintight." The Washington Post raved about "her two-fisted turns on
piano that radiate plenty of energy and momentum!" Music Monthly
delights in Bogart's ability "to blend savvy street smarts with an
earthy sensuality that is spontaneous from the very minute her music
jumps from the speakers." The Baltimore Sun celebrates how Bogart "plays
the keyboard and sings like nothing you've ever heard-but should! Her
vocal style is as full of vitality as her piano playing-both are sexy
and deep, with unstoppable strength and unflagging energy!"
Bogart herself explains that, "It became clear to me a long time ago
that my goal was to be the best player I could be, and that on my death
bed at 107, with people I love gathered around me, my last words would
be 'Man, what a good gig last night!"
The Washington Post may have best described Deanna Bogart with three
words: Luster, Sophistication, and Soul. This is a one-of-a-kind artist,
whose music veers from the depths of the blues to the playful heights of
swing, from the subtleties of jazz to the hard-won grit of soul. She
brings to her music everything it means to be a woman-everything it
means to be human-and delivers it to every line of music played, every
phrase of lyrics written and sung, until the pure truth of her sound and
message pierces the heart of her audience. Once you hear her-once you
feel her-you will never be quite the same.