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Erwin Helfer (born January 20, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American boogie woogie, blues, jazz pianist.

Born and raised in Chicago, and as a child was more interested in classical music than blues. Helfer was introduced to piano blues as a young teenager growing up in Chicago in the early ’50s, the heyday of the city’s blues clubs. Once Helfer discovered the blues he enrolled at Tulane University in New Orleans, completing college with a degree in music. Spent time outside of class studing piano style of Crescent City pianists Archibald and Professor Longhair. Helfer began his professional career when Mama Yancey, wife of pianist and boogie-woogie pioneer Jimmy Yancey, coaxed him to fill in for her accompanist, Little Brother Montgomery. His initial performance with Yancey led to a long-term professional partnership with the singer that lasted to her death in 1986 at age ninety.

In 1982 Helfer began his own record company, Red Beans, and released albums by Mama Yancey, Blind John Davis, Johnny “Big Moose” Walker, and other Chicago blues artists. He was nominated for the Blues Music Awards in 2003, for “Comeback Blues Album of the Year”, for his cd I’m Not Hungry But I Like To Eat - Blues. Recently he has played at the Chicago Jazz Festival, 2005-2007; Hungary’s Debrecen Jazz Festival, 2005, and throughout the Chicago’s blues clubs. 

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