Theme Sets †
November 19, 20, and 21
This page updated 11/7/2010. Prior update 11/7/2010.
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|Americana and the Roots of Ragtime
Scott Kirby, Friday, noon-12:45 P.M., Sierra
Pianist/Composer Scott Kirby presents a special program designed to explore certain dimensions of ragtime’s origins which are often overlooked. Traditional American and Pan-American styles will be presented here, showing their impact on popular music in general, and ragtime specifically. This mostly chronological survey will start in the mid-19th century with the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk. The set will also include the songs of Stephen Foster, the march music of John Philip Sousa, a sampling of Central and South American dance-based styles, Creole music of the Caribbean, and selections from the North American folk and popular song traditions.
Ian & Regina Whitcomb with Frederick Hodges, Friday, 1:15-2:00 P.M., J.B.’s Lounge
The ukulele has been immersed in syncopation since its introduction to the mainland in 1915. Stars such as Ukulele Ike & George Formby illustrate the high-speed syncopations. Ian has integrated this little instrument into his ragtime numbers.
|Meet the Modern Player Piano: Yamaha’s Disklavier
Friday, 3:00-3:45 P.M., Yosemite with Stephanie Trick
Saturday, 2:30-3:15 P.M., Yosemite with Carl Sonny Leyland
Sunday, 1:00-1:45 P.M., Yosemite with Max Keenlyside
This year’s festival pianos are sponsored entirely by Yamaha. One of Yamaha’s premier pianos is the Disklavier, the modern player piano. Representatives from Music Exchange, Yamaha’s exclusive piano dealer in Sacramento, will lead these informative sets in the Yosemite Room, one each day of the festival. On Friday, Stephanie Trick will be on hand to help demonstrate how the Disklavier works. Carl Sonny Leyland will assist in demonstrating the Disklavier on Saturday. On Sunday, Max Keenlyside will be on hand to play some music samples for everyone to enjoy. Stop by and check out Yamaha’s Disklavier!
|Pete Clute, Wally Rose and Their California Ragtime Influence
Rosemary Hallum & Cleve Baker, Friday, 5:00-5:30 P.M., Comstock 3
Cleve & Rosemary present a special set on legendary Bay Area ragtimers Wally Rose & his student Pete Clute. Brief remarks plus musical examples, both duets & solos, illustrating how their influence appears in Lu Watters, Turk Murphy, Bob Scobey, & Dave Brubeck.
|Joe Lamb Rarities
Christoph Schmetterer, Friday, 6:00-6:45 P.M., Sierra
Joseph F. Lamb composed many more pieces than the 12 famous rags published by John Stark. Christoph plays his earliest rags and a selection of his waltzes and songs.
|Bollywood and Beyond
Raspberry Jam Band, Friday, 7:15-8:15 P.M., J.B.’s Lounge
All tunes with titles from the Middle East, like Hindustan, Egyptian Ella, and Arabian Rag.
|Schmetterer Plays Schmetterer
Christoph Schmetterer, Saturday, 9:00-9:45 A.M., Sierra
Christoph plays his best rags, waltzes, and tangos.
|Youth Master Class
Saturday, 10:00-11:00 A.M., Sierra
On Saturday, November 6, 2010, West Coast Ragtime Society hosted its 6th annual Youth Piano Competition for young pianists ages 8 to 18. The first place winners from each division will be participating in a Master Class led by festival headliner, Richard Dowling. This event is open to all festival attendees. Come hear the future of ragtime!
|Rummel plays Rummel: Hits and Misses Part 1
Jack Rummel, Saturday, 10:45-11:30 A.M., Yosemite
Jack Rummel has made significant contributions to contemporary ragtime and many of his compositions have been performed and/or recorded by others. Hear him discuss and play his own works in two special sets. Part 1 takes place on Saturday.
|Hello Kitty and Rosie
Rosemary Hallum with Kitty Wilson, Saturday, noon-12:30 P.M., Comstock 3
Come hear Rosie (of “Rosie’s Corner” in the American Rag) interview washboard wiz Kitty Wilson. Questions & answers with musical demonstration.
|From Ragtime to Gershwin
Martin Jäger, Saturday, 1:15-2:00 P.M., Sierra
Martin performs ragtime selections and includes a performance of “Rhapsody in Blue,” version for solo piano, in this special set.
Richard Dowling, Saturday, 1:30-2:30 P.M., Martinique
Richard Dowling celebrates the 200th birthday of Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) with a concert of his best-known works, punctuated by some Chopin-inspired ragtime. A special classical & ragtime treat that you won't want to miss!
the World With Tango
Stanley Stern & Richard Webb, Saturday, 2:15-3:00 P.M., J.B.’s Lounge
Tango dances, though born in Argentina, rapidly reached around the world starting in the Ragtime era. Stanley Stern and Richard Webb will play 45 minutes of tangos from Argentina, Brazil, France, England, Germany, Cuba, and the United States. They will also include a few special Latin tinged tangos from Brazil, a maxixe, a habanera, tango music from Broadway and Hollywood, and some nuevo tangos by Astor Piazolla.
|All Strung Out on Early Detroit: Gems from the Whitney-Warner String Band
Nan Bostick with the Ragtime Skedaddlers, Saturday, 3:15-4:00 P.M., Camellia
Nan Bostick and The Ragtime Skedaddlers celebrate early ragtime hits arranged for mandolins, guitar, and piano by Detroit’s Whitney Warner Publishing Co., precursor to the giant Jerome H. Remick & Co. With scholars like Dennis Pash and Bostick on board, there’ll be plenty of history to accompany the toe-tapping, including an explanation on how Kansas City composers got connected up with Detroit.
|The Ragtime of Scott Joplin
Scott Kirby, Saturday, 3:15-4:00 P.M., Martinique
This set will present ragtime works by the great American composer, Scott Joplin. Selections will include rags, syncopated waltzes, syncopated marches, and syncopated habaneras. The interpretations are based upon the original scores, with slight variations found only in the repeated strains.
Big Mama Sue & Fast Eddie with Jeff Barnhart, Saturday, 7:15-8:00 P.M., J.B.’s Lounge
Join Big Mama Sue on washboard & vocals, Eddie Erickson on banjo, and Jeff Barnhart on piano Saturday night in J.B.’s lounge for a set of musical mayhem!
|An Evening at the Palace: The Best Ragtime Songs from the Vaudeville Stage
Frederick Hodges & Ann Gibson, Saturday, 8:00-9:00 P.M., J.B.’s Lounge
Singer Ann Gibson and pianist Frederick Hodges team up to present a musical celebration of the best ragtime songs originally presented in Vaudeville by such legendary performers as Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice, Nora Bayes, Eva Tanguay, Mae West, and May Irwin.
|Rummel plays Rummel: Hits and Misses Part 2
Jack Rummel, Sunday, 9:00-9:45 A.M., Sierra
Jack Rummel has made significant contributions to contemporary ragtime and many of his compositions have been performed and/or recorded by others. Hear him discuss and play his own works in two special sets. Part 2 takes place on Sunday.
|Modern Rags from the Ragtime Revival
Tom Brier, Sunday, 9:45-10:30 A.M., Sierra
Tom Brier plays an entire set of “modern” rags written during the ragtime revival.
Martin Jäger, Sunday, 10:30-11:15 A.M., Yosemite
A selection of all original compositions composed and performed by Martin Jaeger.
|Music From Vienna
Rosemary Hallum & Christoph Schmetterer, Sunday, 11:00-11:30 A.M., Comstock 3
Rags, waltzes, polkas, marches & intermezzos in duets & solos with brief commentary.
|Fats Waller: Rare and Previously Unheard Fats!
Jeff Barnhart, Sunday, noon-12:45 P.M., Sierra
Jeff Barnhart performs a set of rare and previously unheard Fats Waller tunes.
|Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra with Guest Vocalist Joyce Grant
Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra, Sunday, 12:45-1:45 P.M., Martinique
The Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra will be joined by a very special guest vocalist for this set only at the festival. Joyce Grant, vocalist and songwriter, comes from a rich musical heritage. She is the great-great niece of “King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin. Described as “a mezzo-soprano with a voice like dark honey,” Joyce has been singing in San Francisco and Bay Area venues for over 20 years. Please be sure to catch Joyce Grant, a spectacular entertainer of royal ragtime lineage, in her first-ever appearance at the West Coast Ragtime Festival.
|All About Tom
Raspberry Jam Band, Sunday, 2:00-2:45 P.M., J.B.’s Lounge
All tunes either have Tom in the title or were written by a Tom.