Ethan Leinwand and Miss Jubilee (aka The St. Louis Steady Grinders) play old-school, long lost, low-down piano/vocal blues from their hometown of St. Louis, MO. Featuring powerhouse vocals and foot-stomping piano, the Grinders bring a joy and effortless authenticity back into a forgotten repertoire. After connecting in the summer of 2014, Ethan promptly relocated from New York City to St. Louis, and the two have since performed across the United States and Europe with their dream of keeping the old St. Louis blues alive.
Vocalist Valerie Kirchhoff (aka Miss Jubilee) has been a fixture in the St. Louis music scene since 2007. Her engaging performance style, combined with the depth and power of her voice, make her one of the most sought after performers in the region. Pianist Ethan Leinwand, through his countless performances at boogie-woogie, ragtime, folk, and blues festivals, is gaining recognition as one of the country’s leading exponents of barrelhouse blues, educating as he entertains.
“Ethan and Valerie have a certain brash tenderness that is very much appealing, … and even when they perform songs that are by today’s standards “ancient,” they seem full of emotion and fun.” – Michael Steinman . Jazz Lives