2011 WCRF Seminars
November 18, 19, and 20
Updated 11/11/2011. Previous Update 11/8/2011

Click on presenter's name for biographical information. 

Click on the buttons to view the show's location on the schedule.

Return to previous page.

Getting Published by Major Houses - What Every Ragtime Composer Needs to Know
Stephen Kent Goodman - Saturday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm - Camellia 
Stephen Kent Goodman is the most published ragtime composer of instrumental ensembles today, yet he doesn't play the piano. In addition to covering his music and how he creates it without using a musical instrument, Dr. Goodman discusses how to get past self-publishing and into the modern concert musical mainstream. Goodman reveals professional secrets it took him over 40 years to develop as he discusses commissions, licensing agencies such as A.S.C.A.P. and BMI (Dr. Goodman has received over 20 A.S.C.A.P. Awards for his ragtime and march compositions), and negotiating with publishing houses for international distribution of your music via aural, paper, and electronic media.
The Goldenrod Showboat
Don Franz and the St. Louis Ragtimers - Saturday, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm - Camellia 
For two centuries (1800 – 2000), showboats provided an economical means for delivering classic drama, melodrama, comedy, vaudeville, and other forms of live entertainment to river settlements, towns, and cities of the South, Mid-West, and East Coast. The Goldenrod Showboat, the largest ever built, was constructed in 1909 and remained in operation for over 80 years. Moored on the St. Louis Levee from 1950 to 1999, the Goldenrod happened to be at the right place and time to be a center for the Ragtime and Traditional Jazz revival. Don and the St. Louis Ragtimes describe the Goldenrod's history and share fond memories of being an integral part of the Goldenrod adventure.
30th Anniversary of The Ragtime Machine
David Reffkin - Saturday, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm - Camellia 
The Ragtime Machine (“Music from the concert halls and barrooms of America”), produced and hosted by David Reffkin, began July 4, 1981. This presentation includes some of the unique performances and unusual repertoire that David found through the years, as well as memorable clips from interviews and production pieces.
History of Boogie-Woogie
Carl Sonny Leyland - Sunday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm - Camellia 
What's boogie-woogie? Where did it come from? How did the style develop? Carl Sonny Leyland explains it all illustrating the impact the first generation had on the second generation and sharing examples of early recordings to show how they influenced what came after.
Giant Strides: The Second Generation of Stride Pianists
Will Perkins - Sunday, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm - Camellia 
What happened to Stride Piano after Fats, James P, and The Lion died? Conventional wisdom has it that this music died long ago, along with these men, but conventional wisdom is mistaken, as usual. In the 1940s and 50s, while Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were taking center stage in the Jazz scene, that all-but-forgotten genre of Stride Piano caught second wind. With the musical birth of Ralph Sutton, Don Ewell, and Dick Wellstood, turned the appearance of Stride Piano into something traditional, innovative, and modern all at the same time.
How Did We Get from Ragtime to Jazz?
Jeff Barnhart - Sunday, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm - Camellia 
How we got from ragtime to jazz is a quandary on which Jeff Barnhart plans to shed some light. Perched as he is with one foot in the melodies and syncopations of ragtime and one in the sounds and rhythms of early jazz, Jeff is uniquely qualified to analyze the similarities and differences between the two styles on examination. Through examples culled from both recorded performances and his own live interpretations of rags and early jazz works at the piano, Jeff presents a light and lively discussion about Ragtime and its contributions to what would become America's SECOND indigenous art form: JAZZ!!