Boogie-Woogie fans will rejoice over this clever and unique blues-based boogie! The title is pronounced like “jail-break” and is a homage to Jerry Lee Lewis, whose raucous boogie-woogie pieces were influential on the development of early rock-and-roll in the 1950s, and a shoutout (in name only) to “Jailhouse Rock,” one of Elvis Presley’s rockabilly hits.
This concert-quality work has a traditional bass ostinato pattern common to boogie-woogie, along with consecutive fourths and right-hand octave leaps that will impress audiences.
Key: C Major
Mood: rolling, rambunctious, rowdy
Pedagogy: boogie-woogie ostinato, blues scales, parallel fourths, dynamics, octave leaps