Every few years, a new champion steps out of nowhere to help carry the blues traditions further into the future. Don Washington arrived right on time with the right tools for the job. Armed with powerful hands and a deep, muscular voice, Papadon is ready to shout the blues like a country preacher.
“One of the most pleasant surprises I had at the 2005 Chicago Blues Festival was meeting and hearing Papadon Washington. It’s great to hear someone not only carrying on the blues piano tradition in such fine fashion, but knowing how to entertain an audience with it too.”- Jim O’Neal, Co-Founder, Living Blues Magazine
"I don't know where "Papa" Don Washington has been hiding himself but now that I've heard his recording I sure hope I'll be hearing him everywhere. Mr. Washington writes wonderful songs and sings with passion, warmth and depth but most of all Don Washington plays the piano in an exciting, moving and satisfying way, with passion and a groove a mile wide. His piano style is rooted in ass-kicking traditional barrelhouse and at the same time is soaked in gospel and even a touch of funk and Memphis-sounding soul. Highly recommended." -the late Ann Rabson, Blues Pianist (often seen with Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women)
Papadon is a Hammond artist. His organ of choice is the SK2.
Papadon has performed with a number of boogie woogie blues and jazz greats.
This steadily growing list includes;
John Paul Amaroux
Jean- Pierre Bertrand
Mr. Leon Blue
Simon "Shuffle" Boyer
Big Jay McNealey
Eeco Rijken Rapp
Guitar Ray Scona