At age 5, Deanna Bogart was accepted by the New York Conservatory of Music. Within one year she was labeled "incorrigible" and dismissed.
"I refused to read music and just played by ear and improvised," Bogart said. "I wanted to jam. That doesn't sit too well with classical schools."
This self-taught pianist and saxophonist promises to jam Sunday afternoon at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Since she started her own group in 1987, she has come to be known for her rocking boogie-woogie, blues and jazz.
Her debut album on Blind Pig Records is called Out To Get You. Bogart manages to stay busy touring throughout Europe and the United States and making appearances on television and radio shows.
Her electrifying piano-playing and powerful saxophone riffs rarely fail to get audiences going.
"There's nothing worse than a musician who's not playing," she said. "They get depressed and make everyone around them crazy."
at 2:15 p.m.
_ LAURA T. COFFEY