'Just a piano player': from boogie-woogie to blues, Michael Kaeshammer does it all

Pianist Michael Kaeshammer stops by the q studios to perform and discuss his evolution throughout the years.
Michael Kaeshammer lets his fingers do the walking through a generous selection of piano styles, channeling Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Pete Johnson, Scott Joplin, and even Ludwig van Beethoven! 1:59
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Pianist Michael Kaeshammer has dipped his toes in a number of genres throughout his two-decade career, but labels aren't important to him. 

"I don't see it as a bunch of different styles at all," he says. "It's just how I play — it's me." 

The Canadian musician simply wants to be known as a piano player because that's how he sees himself. And if labels ruled his career, then his latest album would be weighed down by a lot of descriptors.

Combining elements of jazz, blues, boogie-woogie and more on his latest album, No Filter, it's clear that Kaeshammer is a jack of all trades, all under the general title as "just a piano player."

— Produced by Mitch Pollock

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