When Wendy DeWitt, ex-pianist with Hank Ballard and Steve Freund and long time international boogie woogie favorite known for her power house left hand joined with the jazz trained force of nature veteran Norton Buffalo drummer Kirk Harwood, the two created a vision of a duo capable of holding its own on any stage with power, pizzaz and presence. When adding Steve Freund on guitar, Steve Evans on bass, or Nancy Wright on sax the combination is unstoppable.
Wendy performed for four years with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, and with Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, Big Time Sarah, and Jimmy Thackery. She’s appeared at the Cincinnati Blues Fest, Boston Symphony Hall and the San Diego Museum of Art with Hadda Brooks in one of Hadda’s last performances. She’s also performed at the San Francisco Blues Festival, St.Croix Blues and Heritage Fest, Les Nuits de Boogie Woogie in Paris, and festivals in Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Belgium.
Wendy produces the annual Queens of Boogie Woogie and San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival. In 2012 and 2014 Wendy and Kirk Harwood represented The Golden Gate Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge, Memphis, Tennessee, and are 2014 Finalists
Brought to the blues at the age of 10 while growing up over a store in the rural town of Glen Ellen, California Wendy DeWitt’s passion for music lead her to Chicago Blues and Texas Boogie Woogie with influences ranging from Otis Spann, Memphis Slim, and Professor Longhair to Katie Webster and Bessie Smith.
Drummer and vocalist Kirk Harwood worked with Norton Buffalo (Steve Miller), Huey Lewis and Roy Rogers before joining up with Wendy. The duo’s third album maximizes Kirk’s jazz and Big Band background creating a compelling mix of modern and traditional blues.
Wendy teaches workshops at JazzSchool in Berkely, CA, and with Kirk and has inspired students at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA, Augusta Blues Week and in conjunction with the US Embassy, Budapest, Hungary.