Michael Kaeshammer

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Michael Kaeshammer
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Background information
Born (1977-01-07) 7 January 1977 (age 46)
Offenburg, Germany
GenresBoogie woogie, blues, jazz stride
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
Instrument(s)Piano, vocals
LabelsAlma, Alert, Linus

Michael Kaeshammer (born 7 January 1977) is a Canadian jazz and boogie-woogie pianist.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Kaeshammer grew up in Offenburg, Germany, where he studied classical piano for seven years. At age thirteen, he became interested in boogie-woogie and stride piano as played by Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, and Pete Johnson.[2]


As a teenager, Kaeshammer playing jazz and boogie-woogie in clubs, concerts and festivals around Germany and other surrounding parts of Europe. After he moved with his family to the west coast of Canada, Kaeshammer began performing at festivals across the country during the summer of 1996. That year his first album, 'Blue Keys', was released. A second album, Tell You How I Feel came out in 1998, and two-year later No Strings Attached.[3]

Kaeshammer has been the opening act for Anne Murray, Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, Colin James, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Holly Cole. He has conducted a number of multi-city tours through The People's Republic of China. He performed at Canada Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom. In the US he has appeared multiple times as a featured performer on the Queen City Blues Fest's Arches Piano Stage in Cincinnati, OH.[4][5]

In 2003, Kaeshammer released the album Strut; the next year he performed a solo on Jazz Sessions, which was broadcast on Bravo! Television. In 2005 he went on a concert tour throughout Canada.[6]

Kaeshammer performed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Meanwhile, two more albums, Days Like These (2007), Lovelight (2009), were released.

Kaeshammer continued to record, releasing a self-titled album in 2011, KaeshammerLIVE! (2012), With You in Mind (2013), and an instrumental album, The Pianist in 2015.[7]

Kaeshammer has been nominated for seven Juno Awards. He has also received the West Coast Music Award for Musician of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. His 2016 album No Filter is a mixture of jazz, blues and boogie-woogie.[8] In 2016 he performed at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto. He has also hosted the Canadian National Jazz Awards.


  • No Strings Attached (Alma, 2001)
  • Tell You How I Feel (Alma, 2001)
  • Blue Keys (Festival, 2004)
  • Strut (Alma, 2004)
  • Days Like These (Alert, 2007)
  • Lovelight (Alert, 2009)
  • Kaeshammer (Alert, 2011)
  • Kaeshammer Live! (Alert, 2012)
  • With You in Mind (Idla, 2013)
  • No Filter (Idla, 2017)
  • Pianist (Idla, 2017)
  • Something New (Linus, 2018)[9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

2001 JUNO Award (Nominated) - Best Contemporary Jazz Album - Instrumental, for No Strings Attached[10]

2004 JUNO Award (Nominated) - Best Contemporary Jazz Album - Instrumental, for Strut[11]

2008 JUNO Award (Winner) - Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, for Days Like These[12]

2010 JUNO Award (Nominated) - Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, for Lovelight[13]

2013 JUNO Award (Nominated) - Music DVD of the Year, for Kaeshammerlive![14]

2018 JUNO Award (Nominated) - Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, for No Filter[15]


  1. ^ Chamberlain, Adrian (25 May 2017). "Music is food of love for Michael Kaeshammer". Times Colonist. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Michael Kaeshammer’s Valentines special". By John Law, Niagara Falls Review, 12 February 2018 Archived at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Michael Kaeshammer talks freedom and food on Hot Air". CBC News 23 Jul 2017
  4. ^ Johnny Vidacovich (2 March 2010), Johnny Vidacovich and Michael Kaeshammer, archived from the original on 19 December 2021, retrieved 9 July 2019
  5. ^ "Past Tour Dates | Michael Kaeshammer - 'No Filter' Out Now". Michael Kaeshammer. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Michael Kaeshammer: 'I started living my life from a different angle'". The Globe and Mail, J.D. Considine 29 April 2011
  7. ^ "Michael Kaeshammer decides to cut out frills". Adrian Chamberlain/ Times Colonist, 26 November 2015
  8. ^ "'Just a piano player': from boogie-woogie to blues, Michael Kaeshammer does it all". CBC Radio · 10 February 2017
  9. ^ "Michael Kaeshammer | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Best Contemporary Jazz Album". The JUNO Awards.
  11. ^ "Best Contemporary Jazz Album". The JUNO Awards.
  12. ^ "Vocal Jazz Album of the Year". The JUNO Awards.
  13. ^ "Vocal Jazz Album of the Year". The JUNO Awards.
  14. ^ "Music DVD of the Year". The JUNO Awards.
  15. ^ "Vocal Jazz Album of the Year". The JUNO Awards.

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