Axel Zwingenberger (born 7 May 1955) is a German blues and boogie-woogie pianist and songwriter.
Zwingenberger was born in Hamburg, Germany, and enjoyed eleven years of classical piano training. After listening to recordings by pianists Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, Meade "Lux" Lewis, he became a boogie-woogie musician. In 1974 he performed with pianists Hans-Georg Moeller, Vince Weber and Martin Pyrker at the First International Blues and Boogie Woogie Festival in Cologne, West Germany. They also played at the Stars of Boogie Woogie and the Hans Maitner festival.
A year later he signed with a record label, which released his solo albums Boogie Woogie Breakdown, Power House Boogie, and Boogie Woogie Live. He has worked with Ray Bryant, Champion Jack Dupree, Lloyd Glenn, Lionel Hampton, Jay McShann, Joe Newman, Sammy Price, Big Joe Turner, Sippie Wallace, Charlie Watts, Vince Weber, Bill Wyman, and Mama Yancey. His publications include Boogie Woogie: Piano Solo, a book of twelve of his compositions transcribed.
A railfan since early childhood, he published photographs of steam locomotives in The Magic of Trains and established a non-profit group with the German Foundation for the Protection of Historical Monuments which works for the preservation of trains, such as the steam-powered DR 18 201.
In spring 2009, with English pianist Ben Waters, he renewed his relationship with Charlie Watts, drummer of The Rolling Stones. With bassist Dave Green, they played concerts under the name The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie. In June 2012 they released their first album, Live in Paris (Eagle 2012), and performed in New York City at Lincoln Center and the Iridium Jazz Club.
|1996||Boogie Back to New York City||solo||Vagabond|
|1992||Boogie Woogie Classics||solo||PolyGram|
|1985||Boogie Woogie Live||solo||Vagabond (also issued on Calligraph)|
|1980||Power House Boogie||solo||Vagabond|
|1978||Boogie Woogie Breakdown||solo||Telefunken|
|2012||The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie – Live in Paris||w/Ben Waters, Charlie Watts, Dave Green||Eagle|
|2012||The Joy of Boogie Woogie||w/Keito Saito||Quatre Mains|
|2010||The Magic of Boogie Woogie||w/Charlie Watts, Dave Green||Vagabond|
|2009||Lady sings the Boogie Woogie||w/Lila Ammons||Vagabond|
|2008||Saxy Boogie Woogie||w/Big Jay McNeely & The Bad Boys||Vagabond|
|1999||Brothers in Boogie||w/Torsten Zwingenberger||Vagabond|
|1999||The Boogiemeisters||w/Vince Weber||Vagabond|
|1996||Swing the Boogie!||w/Jay McShann||Vagabond|
|1982||The Boogie Woogie Album||w/Lionel Hampton Orchestra||Vagabond|
|1978||Let's Boogie Woogie All Night Long||w/Big Joe Turner||Vagabond|
|1976 2015||Boogie Woogie Session '76 live in Vienna – The Complete Recordings||w/Hans-Georg Möller, Martin Pyrker, Torsten Zwingenberger, Vince Weber||EMI/Vagabond (re-release of 2 CDs + DVD)|
|Year||Title||Axel Zwingenberger & The Friends of Boogie Woogie – Series||Label|
|2000||Vol. 10: Kansas City Boogie Jam||w/Big Joe Duskin, Sammy Price, Jay McShann||Vagabond|
|1999||Vol. 9: Red Hot Boogie Woogie Party||w/Red Holloway, Mojo Blues Band||Vagabond|
|1993||Vol. 8: Heat It Up||w/Red Holloway, Mojo Blues Band||Vagabond|
|1992||Vol. 7: Champion Jack Dupree sings Blues Classics||w/Champion Jack Dupree, Mogens "Basse" Seidelin, Michael Strasser||Vagabond|
|1990||Vol. 6: On Stage with Champion Jack Dupree||w/Champion Jack Dupree, Torsten Zwingenberger||Vagabond|
|1988||Vol. 5: Champ's Housewarming||w/Champion Jack Dupree, Mojo Blues Band||Vagabond|
|1987||Vol. 4: The Blues of Mama Yancey||w/Estella "Mama" Yancey||Vagabond|
|1986||Vol. 3: An Evening with Sippie Wallace||w/Sippie Wallace||Vagabond|
|1985||Vol. 2: Between Hamburg & Hollywood||w/Big Joe Turner, Joe Newman, Lloyd Glenn, Torsten Zwingenberger||Vagabond|
|1984||Vol. 1: Sippie Wallace||w/Sippie Wallace||Vagabond|