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Big Joe Duskin

Big Joe Duskin, the blues and boogie pianist, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but grew up in Cincinnati, where he began playing piano in his early teens. His first idol was Fats Waller, whom he heard on the local radio station WLW. What turned his mind towards the intricate art of boogie woogie was hearing the celebrated pianist Pete Johnson on such records as “627 Stomp,” “Rocket 88” and Dive Bomber.”

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