Paul Asaro is known as one of the finest of a select group of pianists who have mastered the demanding two-handed jazz and ragtime piano styles. Asaro plays with a fine ear for detail, blending the elements into his own personal style. In a career spanning two decades, Paul has performed at theaters and clubs worldwide. He was the featured pianist in the Obie award winning Broadway production of “Jelly Roll! The Music and the Man”, performing solo and accompanying the show’s creator and star Vernel Bagneris. Asaro also played for the national tour and numerous regional theater productions of “Jelly Roll!” including a run in Philadelphia resulting in a Barrymore Award nomination for best supporting actor.
Currently Asaro tours the country as accompanist to Leon Redbone, playing concerts as a duo as well as appearing on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Mountain Stage” and recording for Leon’s latest studio album. Paul’s piano can be heard on two recent albums by singer and guitarist Loudon Wainwright III including the 2010 Grammy Award winning “Charlie Poole Project”. To learn more about Asaro, visit his website.
Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, and arranger, bandleader, recording artist, composer (member of ASCAP), educator and entertainer. Jeff began his professional career at age 14 playing and entertaining in a restaurant in his home state of Connecticut. Currently, he leads two bands in the UK: the Fryer-Barnhart International Jazz Band and Jeff Barnhart’s British Band. Due to his versatility, Jeff is in increasing demand as a participant in international jazz events as either a soloist or as pianist in All-Star Jazz ensembles. In addition to his solo and band appearances, Jeff is enjoying great success performing with smaller groups, most notably Ivory&Gold®, a group he co-leads with his wife, flutist/vocalist Anne Barnhart.
In addition to his own label, Jazz Alive Records, Jeff plays piano and sings on the international labels GHB, Summit-World Jazz Records, Music Minus One, and the two largest jazz labels in the UK, Lake Records and P.E.K. Sound. He is also a featured artist on the Arbors Records label, his most recent recording featuring jazz legends Bob Wilber and Bucky Pizzarelli.
Jeff is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator. His double BA in Music and English, combined with his MA in Education, make Jeff a formidable and entertaining force in the clinic, master class and inspirational speaking forums. To learn more about Jeff visit www.jeffbarnhart.com.
Richard Dowling has been hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine young pianist and appears regularly across the United States. An artist of rising international stature, Mr. Dowling has presented solo recitals in the Far East, Australia, Africa, and Europe, including six performance tours in France. In the US he has received nationwide attention for recitals seen on the PBS television program Debut, and heard on the NPR radio program Performance Today.
While studying at Yale University, Dowling was honored with the Lockwood Award for performing the best recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Texas. Mr. Dowling currently resides in New York. To learn more about Richard go to his web site, www.richard-dowling.com
Bill Edwards discovered ragtime when he was six years old and hasn’t been able to leave it alone since. He started his professional career in California in the late 1970’s then resided in Durango, CO. where he took up residence at the Diamond Belle Saloon at the Strater Hotel. He has lived and worked in Virginia since 1986. For many years, Bill was a featured entertainer at the Fish Mark in Alexandria. Since 1996, Bill has been applying his passion for the music on website, which includes biographies of over 200 ragtime-era figures. He has attended all the major ragtime festivals and competitions, particularly the World Championship of Old-Time Piano in Illinois where he hold the 1991 title and has consistently finished in the top five since his initial appearance there in 1987. Bill was recently a featured performer in the award-winning documentary, The Entertainers. He has 40 different CD titles available for your enjoyment, and a detailed book on the life of composer and publisher, E.T. Paull. For more information about Bill visit his website.
Frederick Hodges is classically trained as a concert pianist, has established a reputation as one of the best jazz and ragtime pianists in the world, maintaining a busy schedule of stage, television, radio, and film appearances. In addition to a busy concert schedule as soloist with the symphony orchestra and in piano recital, he is a much sought-after silent film accompanist for both live performances and on DVD. He performs regularly at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in California. The Cinecon Film Festival in Hollywood, and at silent film festivals around the country. In 2001, Frederick earned a doctorate in history from Oxford University in England, where he lived for five years as a member of Magdalen College. From 2001 to 2002, he served as a postdoctoral research associate at Yale University. Frederick has participated in many prestigious festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Sacramento Music Festival, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, The Blind Boone Festival in Columbia Missouri, the Templeton Ragtime Festival at Mississippi State University, the El Segundo Ragtime Festival, and the Sedalia Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Cinecon Film Festival in Hollywood, among others. Visit his website at http://www.frederickhodges.com/
Brian Holland is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, recording artist, and entertainer who has enjoyed a musical career spanning more than 35 years. His career flourished when he discovered the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 1999, he won his third title and was retired as undefeated. He has since returned three times to serve on the judges panel, most recently in 2014.
Brian has played with some of the hottest jazz bands in the US: Titan Hot Seven, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, The Holland Rhythm Company, and others. He has travelled all over the world performing his creative styles of jazz, ragtime, stride, boogie, and blues. Holland has fourteen recordings solo and ensemble to his credit, and garnered a Grammy nomination for his work the Bud Dresser on their album: Ragtime, Goodtime, Jazz. This year he has added musical director to his title serving as the Musical Director for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival.
Jazzou Jones, a seasoned entertainer offers music that all audiences love: ragtime, jazz, blues, old familiar songs, and vintage pop tunes. Classically trained as well as influenced by ragtime stylings of grandparents at the ol' parlor upright.
A few highlights of Jazzou’s music career include: Cruise Director, entertainer and featured solo pianist aboard the legendary Delta Queen, the Mississippi Queen and the American Queen - Mississippi and Ohio River steamboats, from 1978 - 2006
Solo ragtime performer in concert, private parties, school programs and clubs. He is a resident of Bangor, Maine and accompanist for high school vocal ensembles and music productions. Jazzou serves as the church organist and cantor for Parish of the Resurrection, Old Town, Maine. He is also the featured piano entertainer aboard American Cruise Lines at various Maine coast ports of call during summer and fall cruising seasons beginning 2007.
Carl Sonny Leyland was born & raised on the South Coast of England. As a child he was drawn to the American music which he heard on LP records his father would play. At age 15 Leyland discovered boogie woogie when he heard a school friend working through a written arrangement of a tune called JD's Boogie Woogie (Marvin Wright). Leyland went on to fully explore the piano blues genre, becoming an authority on early & obscure styles.
Expanding his repertoire to include ragtime & early jazz styles, this enabled him to become part of the traditional jazz scene around Los Angeles & San Diego. In June of 2003, the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio was formed with drummer Hal Smith & bassist Marty Eggers. There was a natural synergy between the three that a recording of their first performance was good enough to issue on a cd (Broadway Boogie - now out of print). Their versatile combination has proven successful over the years. They have recorded seven cds to date (including a collaboration with Nathan James & Ben Hernandez) & continue to work steadily on the festival scene. (Jeff Hamilton replaced Hal Smith as drummer).
Leyland's playing displays an infectious spontaneity, providing plenty of surprises for the listener. While he possesses the necessary vocabulary to pay tribute to the greats of old, he refuses to limit himself to this & prefers to let each performance be an opportunity to say something new. Visit his website at www.carlsonnyleyland.com
Dr. Dave Majchrzak recently retired as Musical Director for the Scott Joplin Foundation but he manages to fill his time. He has completed his bucket list performing in ragtime festivals across the country. He currently holds down the piano bench for the St. Louis Rivermen Traditional Jazz Band and is continuing the legacy of the great Trebor Tichenor with the St. Louis Ragtimers. He still performs and arranges for the St. Louis Stompers Classic Jazz Band. You may also run across Dave on the St. Louis Riverfront playing with the Don Scherrer Banjo Bands. He currently serves as the Artistic Director for the St. Louis Jazz Club’s Labor Day Festival. Surprisingly, he still finds time to continue his practice as a small animal’s veterinarian in St. Louis County.
Bill McNally began his formal piano studies at age seven. Shortly after his ninth birthday, he performed for the first time in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the AMSA World Piano Competition.
In 2013, McNally released a recording of works by Brahms, Reger and Busoni as part of the Victor Elmaleh Collection of piano recitals. Anthoni Tommasini of The New York Times has called his playing exhilarating, adventurous, and commanding, and Rob Haskins of the American Record Guide lauds McNally’s crystal-clear articulation and phrasing and his indefinable enthusiasm.
A multifaceted musician, Bill has been widely recognized as a ragtime pianist and composer of numerous ragtime-styled works. McNally received Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees in piano performance at Mannes College of Music and received a second Master’s degree from Temple University, this time with a double major in piano pedagogy and chamber music. In April of 2015, he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree together with a Doctoral Certificate in American Studies at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. His dissertation, Ragtime Then and Now: Composers and Audiences from the Ragtime Era to the Ragtime Revival, is currently being prepared for publication. An amateur cyclist, he rode the 340-mile Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. in three days. Visit his website at www.williammcnally.com
Max Morath was born after ragtime's decline, Max learned to play it from his mother who had been a professional ragtime pianist. He was a radio and TV-actor, writer, announcer and general entertainer before he devoted his career to ragtime. It was while playing the period music for off-fashioned melodramas in the West that he became fascinated by it, and soon began playing it in cabarets, as well as re searching every facet that he could find.
A producer for National Educational Television caught Max Morath, proposed that he turn his knowledge of the time into a series. "The Ragtime Era" show (1960) dealt with the development of the music of the period, and critics across the USA gave wholehearted approval. The success of "The Ragtime Era" led to another NET series, "Turn of the Century", in which Morath turned toward the social history of the time, as reflected through its music. His first live appearance in New York at the famed Blue Angel was followed a year later by a stint at the historic Village Vanguard. In 1969 he set up the "Max Morath at the turn of the Century" show at the Jan Hus Playhouse in NYC. Again, the critics were impressed with his seemingly offhand, colloquial approach to history. The success led to a tour in theatres and colleges across the USA.
By composing beautiful rags; by writing and performing in memorable television series; by dispensing the classic syncopation and singing the raggy songs in night clubs, theatres and colleges; by his numberless TV guest appearances (Today, Tonight, Bell Telephone Hour, etc.) and his perennial star guesting with Arthur Godfrey on radio; by editing and publishing choice folios of ragtime old and new (e.g. "100 Ragtime Classics") and recording it (for Epic, RCA, Vanguard and Omega) both solo and with ragtime groups of his own (for example Max Morath's "Original Rag Quartet" together with Jim Tyler, banjo, Al Morris, guitar and Bill Turner, bass) - Max has recommended himself as the ambassador for ragtime! Rudi Blesh has called him a "one-man ragtime army"!
Surely, by now, almost everyone in America has seen or heard the colorful Gay "Nineties entertainer of the gray derby, belt-back jacket, and sleeve garters, of the Edwardian vest and the ever-present "seegar", in his congenial role of "Ragtime Professor".
Jim Radloff began ‘playing piano’ at the age of 3 by mimicking radio commercials, and plays primarily by ear. During college and graduate school he played in saloons, supper clubs and piano bars. Since 1989 he has concentrated on tunes of the Ragtime, Classic Jazz, Vaudeville, WWI& II, Prohibition, and Great Depression eras.
He started the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival (2000-2014) which donated $110,000 to Eau Claire, WI non-profits, and Chippewa Valley Ragtime Society in 2001.
Jim received the 2009 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation Award for “outstanding achievement in American Ragtime”. He was a finalist at the MN State Fair Talent Competition and a semifinalist at the World Championship Old Time Piano Playing Contest (Peoria, IL).
On Leap Day 2012 a snow blower accident resulted in the loss of 3 middle fingers of his right hand. He discovered within days ways to play with seven fingers. Completing a pledge at the 2012 Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, he composed and published the “Seven-Finger Rag” to add a ‘positive note’ to the tragedy.
He’s performed in all 50 states, all 72 WI counties, Washington, D.C., Belize, British Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, and Yukon Territory. See “Jim Radloff plays On WI” on you tube.
David Reffkin is director of the American Ragtime Ensemble and a leading authority on ragtime orchestration and performance. He was a recording engineer on the Grammy-winning Red Back Book album of the NEC Ragtime Ensemble and later played with them. He hosted The Ragtime Machine radio program for 30 years, with interviews and reviews appearing in The Mississippi Rag, win the Best Ragtime Journalist award. As a professional violinist, he is a soloist and a member of various ensembles, as well as a conductor, arranger, and music contractor.
Acknowledged for his editorial work, he wrote the Foreword for the discography Cakewalks, Rags, and Novelties (2003), and helped edit forthcoming books on Brun Campbell (Larry Karp) and the new edition of King of Ragtime (Edward Berlin). David helped create the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in 1974, organized and directed the All-Star Orchestra, and in 2006 received the festival’s Scott Joplin Award. In 2011, the city of San Francisco awarded him the Mayor’s Certificate of Honor.
John Reed-Torres was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. He first heard ragtime music during school recess in fifth grade. An ice cream wagon came creeping along, playing the A theme of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer." Right then and there, the ragtime bug "bit" him, and simultaneously released multiple inner infatuations that he now maintains for things of antiquity, ranging from architecture to automobiles.
Shortly after that, John began to teach himself piano throughout his middle school and early high school days. John worked up performances of Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag" and "Sugar Cane Rag" as well as some classical pieces, winning first-place awards two years in a row in his school's talent show. He also played the soundtrack for a short independent silent film that earned third place at a festival, and won a gold medal at the NAACP/ActSo competition in Los Angeles. That same year (2009), John began music studies at Pasadena City College, where he began formal piano lessons and continued to expand his repertoire in ragtime and classical music.
Being of a diverse ethnic heritage, John aims to acknowledge the links that connect us all, especially those through music. For ragtime is loved across the globe, and for good reason. It's the musical recipe of delight, which Scott Joplin termed "that weird and intoxicating effect."
John's influences are Scott Joplin, J.S. Bach, Chopin and James Scott. He wishes to expand as many aspects
of history, particularly the history of ragtime, into his generation, so that everyone will recognize ragtime as a monumental form in the development of culture and music. John believes music is "a universal language that spans the globe," wherein "different genres are like different dialects of one language." He says that ragtime is "the dialect that he understands and is able to convey best."
John Remmers is a retired professor of mathematics and computer science who has been playing classical piano from early childhood and ragtime since the early 1970s. He has been featured on the programs of the Scott Joplin Festival, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, the Lake Superior Ragtime Festival, the Blind Boone Festival, and the Wine Country Ragtime Festival. He has appeared as guest soloist for the Classic Ragtime Society of Indiana and has competed in the Old-Time Piano Playing Contest in Peoria, Illinois. He performs each July at the Ragtime Street Fair in Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan. His CD "Hand-Played Rags" is available for purchase online at cdbaby.com.
Jack Rummel was born in Tacoma, Washington. He took his early lessons from a neighborhood children’s piano teacher and later studied the rudiments of popular musical stylings from a local Tacoma bandleader. He became aware of ragtime in the 1950s due to some recordings by Joe “Fingers” Carr and Crazy Otto, but did not pursue its serious study until the 1970s when he was awakened to the classic rags of Scott Joplin and others through the recordings of Joshua Rifkin and Max Morath.
Since then, Jack has embraced ragtime as an avocation, starting with folio and record collecting, beginning composition in 1979, hosting a weekly radio program on a Denver area public radio station since 1980, writing articles and reviews for ragtime publications, and performing and lecturing at various festivals in Missouri, California and Colorado. He was a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival in Boulder, CO and served as its president from 1992-2005. His four recordings and three published folios of original compositions have put him in the forefront of ragtime composers now living. He plays five-string banjo in a bluegrass band and practiced dentistry for 37 years before retiring in 2002. Jack received the 2005 Scott Joplin Award from the Scott Joplin Foundation in Sedalia, MO for his achievements in the field of ragtime. He currently reviews ragtime recordings monthly at www.ragtimers.org/reviews.
Donald Ryan has been called “a musical kaleidoscope—sparkling at everything he plays.” His consummate command at the piano has triggered enthusiastic responses across the USA including Carnegie Hall, New York, and the Wayne Newton Theater in Las Vegas. He has also performed in England, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the Caribbean, and South America.
Ryan was only three years old when he began playing the piano in his native Trinidad, West Indies. By the age of fourteen, he had won trophies for performance in national competitions, and was the pianist for a weekly live radio program that reached the entire eastern Caribbean. He continues an active career in music as a concert and recording artists, composer, arranger, teacher, and collaborator with his son, Barron in the exciting piano duo, Ryan & Ryan. He is, in addition, widely regarded as a premier special event pianist and has played for heads of state and other American and foreign dignitaries. Donald Ryan is a Steinway Artist. Visit his website at www.ryanandryanmusic.com
Daniel Souvigney is a 15 year old award-winning pianist who brings an abundance of energy and pizzazz to his performances, and who enjoys sharing
his passion of ragtime piano and its history with an audience. He began piano lessons at the age of 5, started serious technique training at 10, and currently studies classical, jazz, and ragtime music. He began violin lessons at the age of 6, and along with classical music enjoys the variety and uniqueness that the fiddle can bring to ragtime. Daniel is a three-time Junior Champ of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest in Peoria, Ilinois. He's had the honor of performing at the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, California, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin Ragtime Festival, the Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Weekend in Muscatine, Iowa, the Blind Boone Festival in Columbia, Missouri, and is thrilled to return for his fifth year at the Scott Joplin Festival. Reviews from these festivals have described Daniel as "the new sensation who plays with power and surprising musicality" and "a whiz kid whose fingers fly across the keyboard". His new album "Possibilities" was released in 2015 featuring well-known jazz drummer Danny Coots.
Martin Spitznagel: Whether performing the masterworks of Scott Joplin or the score to Star Wars, Spitznagel’s electric performances have left audiences across the world enthralled with America’s first popular music, Ragtime.
Martin discovered ragtime at age 12. By age 14, he’d won a Yamaha Disklavier piano in Calliope Media’s nationwide Crazy for Ragtime competition. His good fortune continued when, in 1998, he met Eastman School of Music pianist and pedagogue Dr. Tony Caramia, who challenged him to “find the surprise” in every performance.
In the years since, Martin has grown into an award-winning composer and sought-after performer. When he’s not at the piano bench (or chasing after his much-more-talented son, Parker), Martin works as a multimedia producer, writer, and filmmaker in Pittsburgh, PA, where he lives with his wife, Jessica. He is delighted to return to the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, and feels privileged to revel in the company of the musicians and music-lovers who have brought him so much joy.
Steve Standiford might be found playing solo piano, tuba, singing, or playing second piano with Jim Radloff, serving as master of ceremonies, or generally hanging out enjoying the music and all our ragtime friends. He has played most of the major ragtime events, solo concerts in several states, and is always looking for more opportunities to spread the ragtime message.
By day he is a cancer surgeon and Chief Medical Officer for Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s hospital in Philadelphia and can be seen in one of their commercials. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, stepdaughter, two cats, and his beloved 1900 Mason and Hamlin piano.
Adam Swanson is becoming known as one of the world’s foremost performers and historians of ragtime and early American popular music. He recently received his BA in classical piano performance and is currently a graduate student of musicology at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Although he is only 23 years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the US. In 2007, he appeared alongside the late John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary and has also toured Switzerland. Adam made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of 19, where he performed with the multi-platinmum-selling artist, Michael Feinstein.
He enjoys working with other musicians and has recorded albums with pianist Frederick Hodges, former rock star Ian Whitcomb, and legendary 1950’s recording artist Johnny Maddox, one of Adam’s greatest influences. He currently serves as the Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival’s Musical Director. Adam is an avid rail-fan and collects antique sheet music, records, and piano rolls. Learn more about Adam on his website, www.adamgswanson.com
Sébastien Troendlé was born in Saint-Louis in the East of France in 1977. A graduate of the Conservatory of Basel (Switzerland), Sébastien is more than just a pianist, he is a total musician. He plays on stage as much as in the studio and he’s a composer, arranger and musical director. In a complete approach to promoting Ragtime, Boogie-Woogie and to preserving this musical heritage, Sébastien created Rag'n Boogie :
- Musical show,
- Workshops in schools,
- Pedagogical method of Boogie-Woogie,
- Ragtime music scores,
His groove and stage presence propelled him as a soloist to Europe’s most famous Boogie-Woogie festivals (La Roquebrou, Cambrai, Beaune). For the first time, he has crossed the Atlantic to play in the birthplace of Ragtime. Sebastien invites you to visit his website at www.sebastientroendle.com
Terry Waldo is considered one of America’s premier performers and presenters of Ragtime and Early Jazz. Known for his virtuoso ragtime and stride piano playing, charming vocals, and disarming wit, he is the protégé of the legendary Eubie Blake who referred to Waldo as “an extension of my own musical self.” He has played countless New York jazz clubs and appeared in concerts worldwide. He recently appeared with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall where he performed the world premier of “The Eubie Blake Concerto.”
Waldo has performed and composed for many TV programs and films including, The Tonight Show, the PBS Documentary, Storyville: The Naked Dance and Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. His This Is Ragtime, presently being republished by Jazz at Lincoln Center, is the definitive book on the subject and it along with his 26-part series, of the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970s ragtime revival. In Spring and Fall 2009 he is teaching a ragtime course for Swing University at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
He has served as music director for a number of theatrical shows in New York City, including Mr. Jelly Lord (directed by Vernel Bagneris,) Playwrights Horizon's production of Heliotrope Bouquet (directed by Joe Morton), and Ambassador Satch (directed by André De Shields) which later opened in London’s West End and recently played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
His wide ranging talents were showcased in his one-man shows, Eubie and Me and The Naked Dance: The Music of Storyville as well as Shake That Thing! and Waldo’s 1927 Revue. You are invited to visit his website at www.terrywaldo.com
Bryan Wright is a pianist and musicologist and the 2013 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation’s Artist in Residence. A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Bryan was classically trained as a pianist and now specializes in ragtime and early jazz piano styles. With his wife, Yuko, he has performed and lectured on ragtime across the United States and abroad and released two full-length solo CDs, Syncopated Musings and Breakin’ Notes. He is founder and executive producer of Rivermont Records, a Grammy-nominated label specializing in ragtime and early jazz. Bryan holds degrees in historical musicology from the College of William and Mary and the University of Pittsburgh, where he is presently a Ph.D. candidate. Visit Bryan’s website at www.bryanswright.com
Yuko Eguchi Wright is a native of Tokyo, Japan and holds a degree in music composition from Bates College and an MA in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Growing up, Yuko studied classical ballet, piano, and Japanese tea ceremony. After twenty years of training, Yuko received the master title of tea, Soyu, in 2009 and the assistant professor title of tea in 2013 certified by the head master of the Urasenke school. For her dissertation research, Yuko also studied Japanese geisha’s music and dance, called kouta and koutaburi, and received the master title of kouta, Kasuga Toyo Yoshiyu, in 2012. Yuko has performed and lectured on Japanese traditional arts at multiple conferences including the Society for Ethnomusicology and National Consortium for Teaching About Asia and at various colleges and universities. To learn more about Yuko, visit her website at www.yukoeguchi.com
Richard Zimmerman is a ragtimer performer, historian, author, and producer who has single-handedly been greatly responsible for the world-wide revival of ragtime. He recorded The Complete Works of Scott Joplin and more recently The Collector’s History of Ragtime. Both are considered to be milestones in the annals of ragtime recording. As a producer, he originated theatrical presentation of ragtime with his Where it Was! Concert in Los Angeles which featured ragtime stars of the present and past-including the forgotten Eubie Blake.
Worldwide appearances both live and on television include the Montreaux Jazz Festival, BBC world service Radio and BBC-TV, Canadian Broad-casting Co. ragtime specials and Australia's Tropicarnival.
He has appeared in concert and at music festivals throughout the United States and Canada as well as being the Music Director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri. He is the recipient of the Scott Joplin Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award in 1991. Zimmerman was a founder of The Maple Leaf Club, America's organization devoted to preserving ragtime, and he edits its newsletter, THE RAG TIMES, which keeps ragtimers throughout the world up to date in this exciting and vital field of music.
In 1987 he was awarded the first place prize at the Mill Bridge Village Ragtime Competition - "CHAMPION RAGTIME PERFORMER OF THE WORLD". Zimmerman is also a professional magician. He has contributed many signature illusions to the field of magic and has acted as consultant for such magicians as David Copperfield.
The high stepping dance instructors are Mary Donnell-Brown and Travis Goosen, both from Cole Camp, Missouri. Mary has taught dance at State Fair Community College for many years and last year at the Western Heritage Days. Travis, her new partner, is a seasoned performer from Show Choir and brings patience and interest from his employment as a fifth grade teacher in Otterville. Each hour of lesson will be followed by a sixty minute practice session with live piano accompaniment (starting every EVEN hour of the afternoon). Join them at Cakewalk Hall to learn some ragtime moves!
Tom Brier - Tom is an American ragtime pianist and composer. He is best known for his ragtime performances on YouTube and his ability to sight read sheet music, without having heard the original melody or tune. Brier made his debut performance here at the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, MO in 2001. Since then, he has performed in numerous ragtime festivals including the Ragtime Corner of the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, and recently the Mother Lode Ragtime Society gatherings. In addition to his performances Brier has also composed over 100 original ragtime scores and has collaborated with notable ragtime composers such as Eric Marchese, Neil Blaze, Gil Lieberknecht, and Kathi Backus.
Phillip Dyson - International Concert Pianist Phillip Dyson has been described as simply "brilliant", with a "wonderfully dry, very British sense of humour" and a recent recital in New York City accredited him as nothing less than "magnificent". An international pianist and great entertainer, performing to ‘sell-out’ audiences around the world. Phillip Dyson is recognized as one of Britain’s most sought after and innovative concert pianists, gaining enormous popularity for his unique abilities in both the classical and light music repertoire. His rapport with audiences, brilliant technique and innate sensitivity constantly win him the highest of praise. Phillip often broadcasts on the BBC and Classic FM, performs regularly with the most prestigious orchestras and has a great international reputation in Europe and America.
Frank LiVolsi - Mr. LiVolsi is a pianist and composer from Rhode Island who specializes in ragtime and early jazz. Beginning his musical education at the Knapp School of Music under the instruction of Mrs. Julia Tombello, Frank received classical training and only discovered a passionate interest in ragtime during his early teen years. Frank’s first performance outside New England was in 2011, when he performed at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia. Since then Frank has appeared a the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, CA; the Blind Boone and Early Jazz Festival in Columbia, MO as well as venues in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Massachusetts. Frank is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island, having earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics.
Sue Keller - Sue Keller is an American ragtime, blues and jazz pianist and singer, who has released several albums. She studied flute and took voice lessons, played guitar, and sang in school operas. After a wide variety of musical jobs (including playing rock), she started concentrating more on vintage jazz and ragtime. In 1992, Sue Keller established Ragtime Press to publish rags by little-known composers, and the HVR label to document her music. On YouTube there are a number of videos of her performing music by Laura Nyro, W. C. Handy, Scott Joplin, Ray Charles and others. Keller is a graduate of DePauw University.