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.
In 1981, Dan Morgenstern, director of the Institute for Jazz Studies (Rutgers University) wrote that ED BERLIN’s book Ragtime: A Musical and Social History “sets new standards for ragtime scholarship.” In following years, Ed continued path-breaking scholarship with his books Reflections and Research on Ragtime, which won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award in 1988, and King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era, now in its second edition. In reviewing this new edition, David Reffkin wrote: “The most reliable biography of Scott Joplin has been expanded and updated! . . . Ed’s craft of biographical writing makes it a worthy reading experience.” In addition to his books, Ed, who holds a Ph.D. from City University of New York, has written innumerable articles on a wide range of musical subjects and lectures at events in the U.S and Canada.
MIMI BLAIS pianist-comedienne-storyteller-composer-educator and singer, was born in Quebec City, Canada, and has lived in Montreal since 1978.
Mimi studied at the Quebec Conservatory of Music and McGill University in Montreal, earning advanced degrees in both classical piano and performing arts. And can she ever perform, adding humor, history, theatrics, and music that caresses, dazzles, speaks to the audience, and always touches the soul.
A born communicator, she loves to tell stories. Whether it’s the history of American ragtime, Canadian Ragtime, or simply her own story, her background, her crazy stunts her moments of joy or sorrow. She is an artist of charm and disarming simplicity. Whatever the style of music she chooses to play she receives unanimous praise from the public and the media in Canada, the US, Europe and more recently in Argentina
Mimi has recorded over 13 CDs since 1992. Some of these CDs are available at the Ragtime Store.
BRYAN CATHER A fan of player pianos and ragtime almost since birth, and with a 30+ year background in museum work, Bryan Cather has been on staff at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site since 2006, and is currently president of the Friends of Scott Joplin, St Louis’ local ragtime organization, bringing ragtime performers from around the US to perform in St Louis, many for the first time. An ardent and tenacious researcher, Bryan has written and contributed significantly to the deepening of our understanding of the history of ragtime and related topics, having spoken previously at the Chippewa Valley Ragtime Festival, the West Coast Ragtime Festival as well as here in Sedalia. Additionally, his articles on ragtime and related topics have appeared in print publications for many years.
DANNY COOTS began playing drums at the tender age of 6 years old. Since then, he has studied with Nick Baffaro, Rich Holly, Alan Koffman and Jim Petercsak in percussion. Danny attended The Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University and University. He eventually served as adjunct faculty at St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University and Potsdam State University from the 1970s into the 1990s. He continued traveling and performing with David Amram, Ray Shiner, Daniel Pinkham, Herb Ellis, Will Alger, Jack Mayhue, Speigle Wilcox, Mimi Hines, Phil Ford, Bob Darch, Pearl Kaufman and Arthur Duncan.
In 1996 Danny moved to Nashville, Tennessee and has lived there ever since. Danny has recorded extensively in Nashville, New York and L.A. and has appeared in over 100 countries. He has played on over 100 recordings, one of which won a Grammy in 2005. After moving to Tennessee, Danny joined the Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band for 5 years and helped found the Titan Hot Seven. During this time he played and recorded with Dick Hyman, Houston Person, Bob Wilber, Johnny Varro, Jeff Coffin, Tim Laughlin, Harry Allen, Dave Hungate, Bill Allred, John Allred, Randy Reinhart, Ron Hockett, John Cocuzzi, John Sheridan, Dan Barrett, Vince Giordano… to name a few.
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.
Marty Eggers is well known on the West Coast as a top-notch ragtime pianist and bassist. Marty's music career began in Sacramento where as a teenager he helped found the Sacramento Ragtime Society in 1982. In addition to solo piano, Marty has performed with the Tichenor Family Trio (Trebor Tichenor, Virginia Tichenor, and Marty).
He has played with numerous San Francisco Bay Area jazz and ragtime groups, most notably John Gill's San Francisco JazzBand and the Black Diamond Jazz Band. His talent and versatility have led him into several varied and prestigious engagements, from recording with traditional jazz legend Bob Helm to touring Germany with Hal Smith's Rhythm Cats to playing in backup bands for both Leon Redbone and Butch Thompson. Marty is also a skilled composer and arranger of ragtime and traditional jazz.
ANDREW GREENE is the founder and director of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, “the premier American ragtime ensemble” as hailed by the Washington Post, and is the leading young authority on orchestral ragtime and silent film accompaniment.
Greene founded the Peacherine Orchestra while a freshman at the University of Maryland, hoping to draw attention to this neglected but historically important music. For the past seven years Peacherine has quickly risen to become one of America’s leading ensembles performing and preserving the music of America’s first popular music: Ragtime, in its many forms. In addition to their concert activities, Mr. Greene and the Peacherine Orchestra underscore classic silent films using the original 1910s and 1920s orchestral scores. Their recording activities have been praised as “first class” and have presented “some of the most satisfying ragtime collections available”.
Greene has appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress, The American Film Institute, and has traveled across the United States to perform, conduct, and lecture on the music of America’s past. Greene guest conducted the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Orchestra at the age of 22 in September 2013, underscoring the silent comedy of Charlie Chaplin, and will be guest conducting the South Bend Symphony in 2017. Frequently Greene leads seminars based on his research, presenting at colleges, universities, ragtime festivals, and other events.
The Peacherine website is www.peacherineragtime.com Greene's personal website is www.greeneragtime.com
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, he is a much sought-after silent film accompanist for both live performances and on DVD. 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/
Fred Hoeptner discovered ragtime in 1955 when he heard “Grace and Beauty” during intermission at a traditional jazz concert. It struck like a bolt of lightning. Having had a few popular piano lessons, he began to learn rags and to perform with semipro traditional jazz bands. In 1960 he composed a rag entitled “Sedalia” which was recorded on a piano roll. In 1995 he assisted the late P.J. Schmidt to found Southern California’s Rose Leaf Ragtime Club. He won first prize in the Joplin Foundation ragtime composition contest in 2000 and second in the Blind Boone contest in 2014.
In 1990 he attended his first Joplin festival and has attended every one since. He has written many festival reviews for the Sedalia Rag. Fascinated with ragtime’s genesis and evolution, he has spent many hours researching the subjects.
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 traveled 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 with 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.
IVORY&GOLD composed of Jeff Barnhart, piano/vocals and Anne Barnhart, flute/vocals has been praised by The L.A. Jazz Scene as a musical duo that can “draw out the beauty in the rich melodies and play the music...with taste, sensitivity, and a real affection for the idiom,” Ivory&Gold celebrates the greatest examples of American jazz, blues, ragtime, Broadway and hits from the Great American Songbook. Internationally renowned American musical performer and historian Max Morath calls Ivory&Gold “musically flawless.”
In 2012, Ivory&Gold caught the ear of the Big City and was signed up by a New York City management firm, Parker Artists, one of the industry’s oldest and most respected institutions. www.ivoryandgold.net www.parkerartists.com
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.
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.
After obtaining an English degree from Ohio State University, Scott Kirby moved to New Orleans and began his professional music career, as a street performer. In the following four years, he recorded the complete rags of Scott Joplin, and performed at major ragtime festivals in the U.S. and Europe.
Kirby has served as Musical Director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, and of the Rocky Mountain Ragtime and American Music Festival in Boulder, CO, as well as director of the San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute. He appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood in 1998, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Kirby co-founded a record company, has made 25 recordings, and has composed over 150 original works for piano and other instruments. Admired by fellow pianists including George Winston. Charles Osgood stated “…Critics call Scott Kirby one of the best interpreters of ragtime music on the scene today.” scottkirby.net/
Kirby’s artistic passion grew to include to visual art, and in 2005, while living in France, he completed 75 paintings and 28 piano compositions, including “The Prairie Devotionals,” The paintings and the new musical works set the groundwork for his new multi-media project “Main Street Souvenirs.” Kirby now lives in Boulder, Colorado and divides his time between composing, painting, performing and teaching.
TIM LAMM and PAULA HARRISON formed their partnership “Steps in Time Historical Dance” in 2008. Their repertoire includes historical social dances from 1600 to 1930, English country dances, Appalachian dances, plus various contemporary couple dances.
Paula and Tim regularly teach classes in vintage and contemporary couple dancing. They have led workshops at various dance weekends, the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in 2015.
Tim has a talent for breaking dance moves down into small, incremental steps and explaining moves clearly. Paula is known for her graceful style, versatility, and intuitive skills as a “follow”. Participants enjoy their easy, no-pressure approach. More information and videos at: sitehttps://sites.google.com/site/stepsintimehistoricaldance/
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. Their versatile combination has proven successful over the years. They have recorded seven cds to date & 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.
LARISA MIGACHYOV was born in Russia and began her classical piano training at the age of 5. After immigrating to the United States, she quit music for many years, until, by pure chance, she saw a flyer advertising the San Antonio Ragtime Society on a supermarket bulletin board. She attended one of the meetings and was instantly hooked. A year later, she composed her very first rag, the Purple Chicken Rag, and premiered it at the 2006 Scott Joplin Festival. Since that time, she has composed 35 more rags, recorded 3 CD's, and performed at many ragtime festivals. In 2015, she made her Carnegie Hall debut. www.larisamigachyovmusic.com/
WILL PERKINS, a native of Riverbank, California has been performing at Ragtime/Jazz Festivals since the age of 14. His love for the traditional American piano styles of Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, and Dick Wellstood have led him to opportunities to perform at music festivals around the United States and beyond. In 2012, Will was a featured performer at the Bohem Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival in Kecskemet, Hungary, and later that year, placed 3rd in the World Championship of Old-Time Piano in Peoria, Illinois. After a two-year hiatus as a religious missionary in the country of Uruguay, he has happily returned to music performing at numerous venues across the country. His newest album, Snowy Morning Blues was released through Rivermont Records in the winter of 2017 and is available for purchase in the ragtime store. Currently, Will resides in Rexburg, Idaho where he attends Brigham Young University-Idaho studying Spanish. Check out some of Will's YouTube videos.
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."
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."
DALTON RIDENHOUR a native of St. James, Missouri, began musical training at a young age and quickly developed an interest in ragtime. He was soon a regular featured performer at The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, The West Coast Ragtime Festival and others. In addition to festival performances during his formative years, Dalton was a member of of the 2000 Grammy All-American High School Jazz Ensemble, Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at The Kennedy Center and The Interlochen Arts Camp. Dalton furthered his education at the Berklee College of Music and The Eastman School of Music where he studied with Harold Danko, Joanne Brackeen, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano and Hal Crook. While at Eastman, he received a Downbeat Student Music Award and Eastman's Shirmer Prize award for jazz performance. Currently, Dalton resides in New York City where he performs locally and internationally with various groups including Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, Dan Levinson's Roof Garden Jass Band, Naomi and Her Handsome Devils, Mike Davis and The New Wonders, Goodbye Picasso, The Bria Skonberg Quintet, and Mona's Hot Four. He has a solo album, "Eccentricity," on the Rivermont Records label. Dalton's website.
Composer, pianist, painter and poet DAVID THOMAS ROBERTS was born in 1955 and began composing, painting and writing at age eight. Since then he has composed over 140 solo piano works as well as chamber pieces, art songs, choral music and electronic works. His music has been heard on the major media venues of the U.S., from ABC's "Good Morning America" to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." His eclectic suite for piano, New Orleans Streets (1981-85) was hailed by historian Al Rose in I Remember Jazz as "the single most important contribution to the culture of New Orleans in the past fifty years." Trebor Tichenor championed Roberts as "our foremost composer of contemporary ragtime." His visual art has been featured in the leading international Visionary/Outsider Art magazine, Raw Vision. His poetry appeared in the anthology, Another South, published by University of Alabama Press.
Daniel Souvigny 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
Virginia Tichenor has been consumed by ragtime her entire life, as the daughter of Trebor Tichenor, the noted ragtime scholar, pianist, collector and founder of the St. Louis Ragtimers. She studied music at the St. Louis Community Association for the Arts, and took advanced training from concert pianist John Phillips. Always at the crossroads of the ragtime revival, her parental home houses the world's largest library of ragtime sheet music and piano rolls. Virginia grew up with legends like Eubie Blake, Max Morath and Butch Thompson chatting in her own living room. Her father is advisor-confidant for most of the ragtime community, so Virginia often heard new rags when they were forming in the minds of their composers. The topic of her college research project? The ragtime revival, of course!
Virginia is very highly regarded as a performer, and is one of the few women playing ragtime professionally in the country. Her repertoire features mostly folk and classic ragtime which she performs in an energetic style.
Sharing his birthday with Fred Astaire, MATT TOLENTINO was born May 10, 1985. Some say he was born 80 years too late, but Tolentino will argue this is not the case, as his mission is to preserve traditional music for the modern audience for years to come.
Tolentino’s music is unique- his main focus is on pre-swing American popular song, roughly 1895- 1935. Rags, marches, fox trots, waltzes, one-steps, oriental fox trots- even polkas- all the while saluting great composers like Berlin, Tilzer, Joplin, Donaldson, and so on. His music even incorporates foreign dances that gradually found their way to the American dance floor, such as the tango, the paseo, and the maxixe. As a true multi-instrumentalist, he plays piano, banjo, tuba, clarinet, and saxes However, he still keeps busy with a lot of accordion playing, as well! At home in Dallas, TX, Tolentino does a lot of work in solo, trio, and quartet settings. He is also a band leader, with The Royal Klobasneks- a traditional polka band- and The Singapore Slingers, a 19 piece unit specializing in pre-swing dance music of 1900-1935, with a big emphasis on the hot music of the 1920s and early 30s
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 - Masterclasses - Album.
His groove and stage presence propelled him as a soloist to Europe’s most famous Boogie-Woogie festivals. For the first time, he has crossed the Atlantic to play in the birthplace of Ragtime. Learn more about Sebastien at www.sebastientroendle.com
Yuko Eguchi Wright is a native of Tokyo, Japan and holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since the age of three, Yuko studied classical ballet and piano, including a healthy dose of Scott Joplin. In her early teens, she began to study Japanese tea ceremony and was certified with the tea master title, Soyu, in 2009 and received her assistant professor title in 2013 from the Urasenke school. Yuko also studied Japanese geisha's music and dance and received the kouta master title, Kasuga Toyo Yoshiyu, in 2012. Yuko enjoys performing songs from the ragtime era with her husband, Bryan, and she loves making new friends at the festival. Visit Yuko online at: www.yukoeguchi.com
Bryan S. Wright, Ph.D., of Pittsburgh, PA, is a pianist and musicologist based at the University of Pittsburgh where he teaches courses in music history. Classically trained as a pianist from age 5, Bryan enjoys playing a variety of syncopated piano music, from classic and modern rags to piano novelties, tangos, and early jazz. With his wife, Yuko, he has performed across the United States and abroad. He is founder and executive producer of Rivermont Records, a Grammy-nominated label devoted to ragtime, dance bands, and early jazz. Bryan also avidly collects 78 rpm records and hosts a podcast, The Shellac Stack, featuring period recordings of ragtime and early jazz bands. Bryan has released two solo piano albums Syncopated Musings and Breakin’ Notes, and recently collaborated with Brian Holland and Danny Coots for the CD and DVD Live from Buenos Aires. All are available in the Ragtime Store. Visit Bryan online at: http://www.bryanswright.com/