Patrick Aranda is
one of ragtime's most entertaining and talented performers. He plays
a mean piano, sings, performs on trombone, tuba, and who knows what
all (not necessarily all at once), and has a huge ragtime
repertoire, including the most difficult and flashy novelty-style
rags, plus classic rags, Harlem stride compositions, and favorite
tunes from the Tin Pan Alley era.
Fans can currently see him
perform at Disneyland as main Street's Ragtime pianist on Fridays
and Saturdays. He also plays piano with various traditional jazz
groups including Auntie Skinners Lucky Winners Jazz Band, and The
Burgundy Street Jazz Band.
He is a Music Professor at Chaffey
College in Rancho Cucamonga, where he directs the Jazz Band and
Concert Band, as well as teaching classes ranging from theory and
musicianship to History of Jazz. He also stays busy directing at
least three musicals a year.
He made his Sutter Creek Ragtime
Festival debut in 2002 and has been invited back by popular demand
ever since. In 2003 he was among the modern ragtime composers we
honored at our Festival, having created several of his own ragtime
pieces, including one inspired by his Sutter Creek debut. Patrick is
a favorite headliner at Orange County's annual RagFest and The
Ragtime Corner of the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. He has also been
featured at the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento.
his spare time, Patrick plays trombone in his brother's Salsa band;
performs with several Southern California Dixieland groups, and, has
recorded his own solo CD.
Jack and Chris Bradshaw, ragtime piano duo artists from Gilroy, Calif., are
bringing their unique sound to Sutter Creek again this year.
Jack's four-hand arrangements of popular rags, cakewalks, marches
and novelty numbers are played with a sparkle reminiscent of
old-time piano rolls. This lively pair has also appeared at the West
Coast, Scott Joplin, Blind Boone, RagFest, Shaniko, Cascade, and the
Fresno Flats Ragtime Festivals, The Ragtime Corners of the
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, and Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. The
rollicking road to ragtime thus far has taken them to 11 states and
Jack also plays classic and new ragtime solos to
round out their programs. Jack and Chris each hold advanced degrees
in music and perform regularly at Sacramento Ragtime Society and
South Valley Music Makers
affectionately dubbed "Hot Rod Tommy," used to be California’s
greatest ragtime secret until the summer of 2001, when he made his
debut to tremendous applause (and much jaw-dropping) at the Scott
Joplin Festival in Sedalia, MO and the Blind Boone Festival in
Columbia, MO. This composing genius and
pianist extraordinaire hails from Oakdale, a Central Valley farming
community south of Sacramento. He currently lives in Sacramento
where he works as a programmer/analyst for the County of Sacramento.
Tom caught the ragtime bug when his parents purchased a Schubert
mechanical player. He was only 4, but when he started picking out
tunes he heard on the piano rolls, his parents immediately found him
a piano teacher. Soon Tom was notating his own music and by age 11,
he had composed nearly a dozen rags. Today he has well over 160
ragtime compositions to his name (more than 200 if collaborations
with other composers are counted), all remarkably original but
clearly demonstrating his depth of understanding of early ragtime
subtleties. In 1985, at age 14, Brier made his first appearance at
the Sacramento Ragtime Society meeting, blowing everyone away with
his signature rapid-fire left hand runs. Since that time, Brier has
been a mainstay at the Ragtime Corner of the Sacramento Jazz
Jubilee, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, and recently our Mother
Lode Ragtime Society gatherings. He has recorded six CDs, has a vast
ragtime sheet music collection, is noted for performing and
popularizing extremely rare but wonderful rags, and for inspiring
pianists to attempt to keep up with
age 13, has been playing piano for six and a half years. He lives
in Paradise, Calif., where he studies with Dr. Robert Bowman. Diego has just
finished 7th grade at The Progressive Schoolhouse in Chico. Like so many others
before him, Diego's interest in ragtime began when he heard The Entertainer
by Scott Joplin. His interests outside of ragtime include birding and skiing.
Diego will be participating in this year's "Future of Ragtime" concert with
Will Perkins, Tim Rotolo, Vincent Johnson, and John Reed-Torres.
Featuring the virtuoso piano stylings of
Frederick Hodges, with accompaniment by Marty Eggers on tuba and
Virginia Tichenor on drums, The Crown
Syncopators were formed to perform at San Francisco's Pier
23, where each of its members also plays solo piano monthly. Their
repertoire is almost exclusively ragtime.
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. 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, from Oakland, Calif., is also a skilled composer and arranger of
ragtime and traditional jazz.
He also appears with the
Tichenor Family Trio (Trebor Tichenor, Virginia Tichenor, and Marty)
and performs as a soloist at least once a month on Tuesday evenings
at Pier 23 in San Francisco and Wednesday evenings at the Straw Hat
Pizza Parlor in Rancho Cordova, CA.
Terry Waldo describes Marty as having "an encyclopedic
knowledge of the ragtime and early jazz repertoire."
Marty is married to ragtime pianist Virginia Tichenor (see
below) and is a past president of the West Coast Ragtime
Gary Greenlund is
from Virginia City, Nev., where he often plays banjo at the Bucket of Blood Saloon,
including sets with pianist Squeek Steele. He also is a member of the Sacramento
of Berkeley, CA was groomed for a career as a concert pianist but
was happily lured away from his path after he found a stack of
turn-of-the-century sheet music in his grandmother’s piano
bench. Repeated exposure to the rollicking ragtime rhythms of
player pianos and 78 rpm phonograph records sealed his fate and he
set out to master the ragtime playing styles that had captivated
While still an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, he was
hired as pianist for the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, for which he
has played for 20 years. He also performs with the Peter Mintun
Orchestra, with jazz ensembles, and as a soloist. He appears at
least once a month on Tuesday evenings at Pier 23 in San Francisco
and Wednesday evenings at the Straw Hat Pizza Parlor in Rancho
Cordova, CA and he is a much applauded featured performer at the
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee's Ragtime Corner and West Coast Ragtime
Vincent Johnson, a
ragtime composer, pianist, researcher, and enthusiast, was first
attracted to ragtime music at age 12, after hearing his friends play
Scott Joplin rags. He began learning "The Entertainer" and "Maple
Leaf Rag" by watching and listening to the pieces being played by
others. He began attending Rose Leaf Ragtime Club gatherings in
order to learn more about this musical genre and listen to live
performers play rags. Piano lessons soon followed, and soon he was
learning pieces of varying ragtime styles, from classic ragtime to
In 2007, Vincent began to compose ragtime
music as a hobby and has turned out over a dozen compositions to
date. While his pieces are composed in various ragtime era styles,
including foxtrots, cakewalks, classic rags, and stride piano, most
of his pieces are composed in the novelty style popular during the
1920s. These pieces are influenced by his favorite composers: Arthur
Schutt, Zez Confrey, Roy Bargy, Charley Straight, Max Kortlander,
Les Copeland, Billy Mayerl and Joseph
Carl Sonny Leyland blew everyone’s socks off at our 4th Sutter Creek
Ragtime Festival (when he was lesser known) and has subsequently
done the same at just about all the prestigious festivals in the
country, including the Scott Joplin and Blind Boone Festivals in
Missouri, the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, Orange
County’s RagFest, plus the Sacramento and San Diego Jazz
Jubilees. We’re lucky he loves us and agreed to thrill us with
a return appearance this year. His ability to recreate obscure and
primitive styles in the genre of barrelhouse, blues, and boogie
woogie, combined with the originality and soulfulness of his own
music, makes him one of today’s most exciting pianists. Plus he
Born in the south of England in 1965, Sonny took up
piano at age 15. His inspiration was the boogie woogie music
of Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson & Meade Lux Lewis. Fascinated by
this style, Sonny traced it back to its Barrelhouse roots,
incorporating the stylings of Jimmy Yancey, Cow Cow Davenport,
Little Brother Montgomery and other notables into his own playing.
In 1988, Sonny headed for New Orleans, where he lived for 10 years,
appeared at the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Festival, and furthered his exploration of piano genres, including
Blues, country, R&B, rockabilly, Rock and Roll, and, of course,
traditional jazz and ragtime. He has toured in Europe and the United
States as a solo act and with bands such as Anson Funderburgh and
the Rockets and Big Sandy and His Flyrite Boys. Following a trip out
west in 1995, Sonny relocated to California. He now resides with his
wife in New Cuyama, CA. Sonny has several CDs to his name, his most
recent with the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio, featuring Carl, Hal Smith
on drums, and Marty Eggers on bass.
Larisa Migachyov has played the piano all her life and discovered ragtime
in 2005, when she joined the San Antonio Ragtime Society. She has composed more than
20 rags and performed at various festivals around the country. Her latest CD,
Oh, that Ragtime Chick!, features all her own compositions.
She recently passed the California Bar Exam and has started her own firm
specializing in patent law.
Will Perkins is
a pianist from a small town in the Central Valley of
California called Riverbank. At age 11, Will began taking piano
lessons. While he quickly started down the path of classical piano,
his mother suggested learning The Entertainer. His piano
teacher got a book with several ragtime pieces in it, and soon Will
was learning a simplified version of Maple Leaf Rag. Full of
ambition, he went to a local music store and picked up a book with
several Scott Joplin pieces, and quickly learned the original
version. And as they say, the rest is history.
enjoys baseball, football, and is an avid Boy Scout. Will has played
just about every instrument in the brass section, but has recently
decided to focus solely on the piano. His love of all types of piano
music can be seen by the venues at which he chooses to share his
talent — whether it be at church or as the pianist for a recent
High School Drama production of “Alice in Wonderland”.
November of 2007, he placed 1st in the West Coast Ragtime Festival
Youth Competition for his division playing Joseph F. Lamb's
Cottontail Rag. Will placed 3rd in the 2012 World Championship of Old-Time Piano Playing in Peoria, Ill.,
on his first entry to the adult category.
Bob Pinsker was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied the violin with several members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a child and has been playing the violin in various orchestras for more than 40 years. He taught himself to play the piano in his early teens and soon developed a lifetime interest in the popular piano styles of the first half of the 20th century. He has studied old sheet music and piano rolls since the early 1970s. By day, Bob works as a plasma physicis. By night and on weekends, he conducts musicological research, rehearses with various ensembles, and appears as a solo pianist through such organizations as the Orange County Ragtime Society and the Monrovia-based Rose Leaf Ragtime Club, at festivals such as the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, West Coast Ragtime Festival, San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Festival and others, and at southern California venues such as the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo and venues all around San Diego County. In 2005, he and Bruce Vermazen co-founded the Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra which has been going great guns ever since, with two CDs released so far on Stomp Off Records.
former owner of the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium for 13 years, is also the founder of the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival
and the Mother Lode Ragtime Society. He is proud to be able to bring his love for ragtime music to the Mother Lode. He grew up around music —
singing in church by age 8 and performing in choirs thereafter, all the way through his college career. He started picking out tunes on the
piano after hearing his dad perform "boogie woogie" on the family piano. Soon, Stevens began picking out music, and by age 12 he was playing
boogie and other styles as a self-taught artist. Then he went to college as a music and drama major, where he decided to take piano lessons.
Needless to say, he had to unlearn certain techniques. When he discovered ragtime, Stevens became a regular at the Maple Leaf Club meetings
in Los Angeles. He still remembers playing Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag" with six other club members on six pianos. At the Ice Cream Emporium,
Stevens still occasionally plays for the enjoyment of the customers, and due to the success of the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, the ice cream
parlor has become the ragtime center of the Mother Lode and home of the Mother Lode Ragtime Society. Stevens has composed over a dozen ragtime
compositions and has CDs and folios available for purchase. He also has composed dozens of praise and worship songs and is the Worship leader
at his church in Pine Grove. He is currently the Music Director for the musical theater program at the Local High School. Stevens is active
with the Sacramento Ragtime Society, and has performed at the Ragtime Corner during the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.
Ragtette mixes the elegant to humorous gems of the ragtime era with some of the newer, favorite contemporary rags. Listen as this artful combination of 4-hand piano, tuba and percussion present parlor tunes that burst forth in high ragtime style. Playing the music that originated from the recreational houses on one side of the tracks and later made its way to the upstanding respectable, family homes on the other, Ragnolia brings the ragtime era to life. It’s ragtime with enthusiasm. This ensemble made its debut at the 2008 Sutter Creek
Skedaddlers were formed in 2008 to play ragtime string
band arrangements for two mandolins and guitar. First mandolinist
Dennis Pash is well known to ragtime enthusiasts as the founder of the
legendary Etcetera String Band. He is an extraordinarily expressive
player. No one is better at bringing out the folk roots that underlie
so many ragtime compositions. In addition to numerous festival
appearances as a performer, Dennis has written and lectured on the
development of string ragtime. Nick Robinson plays the second mandolin
part which is unique to the published string arrangements. Nick has
played a variety of musics, including American old time, klezmer, and
Indonesian gamelan. Dave Krinkel is an accomplished guitarist who also
plays with the traditional American old time band,
the Tea Sippers.
Noted ragtime music reviewer Jack Rummel recently wrote of the Skedaddlers'
"This isn't just music for mandolin players or string-band lovers.
This is ragtime for ragtime lovers, and the Ragtime Skedaddlers
are the real deal."
The Raspberry Jam Band consists
Raspberry Jam Band
|Julia Riley - flute/piccolo|
|Tom Brier - piano|
|Kitty Wilson - percussion|
|John Massey - guitar|
|Shawn McCoy - vocals|
|Doug Davies - string bass|
|Bob Ferry - euphonium|
|Cheryl Woldseth - violin|
Formed in December 2005 and expanded in 2011, the band has become
part of the ragtime scene in the Sacramento and Sierra foothills
areas. They have participated in the Ragtime Corner of the
Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, and have
been featured at Auburn Concert Band performances. They perform at
the Sacramento Ragtime Society and The Mother Lode Ragtime Society
Interested in playing diverse works from classic
ragtime to contemporary works, the group's byword is variety.
Eclectic in nature, the Raspberries especially seek out obscure or
seldom performed rags and feature the works of various contemporary
composers. The addition of slide whistles, kazoos, costuming and
props add an element of whimsy to their performances.
was born and raised in Los Angeles. He first heard ragtime music during school recess in fifth grade. An ice cream wagon came creeping along, playing The Entertainer. Right then and there, ragtime bit him and simultaneously released multiple inner infatuations with antiquity, ranging from architecture to automobiles.
Shortly after that, John began to teach himself piano throughout his middle school and early high school days. He developed a short repertoire and began to play for friends and at church while simultaneously playing trombone in the high school marching band. He also marched and played trombone in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade (2008-2012).
He worked up performances of a couple Scott Joplin rags 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, which earned him a trip to perform in New York City. That same year (2009), John began music studies at Pasadena City College, where he began formal piano lessons and started to expand his repertoire. He has performed at various venues around Los Angeles and Pasadena, including the Rose Leaf Club, Old Town Music Hall, Xiem Clay Center, Holmans United Methodist Church, and Orange County ragtime societies, as well as the West Coast Ragtime Festival in 2011 and the Fullerton Ragfest in 2012.
John has written three rags and some classical shorts as well. He aspires to become a professional musician, composer, conductor, and mechanical engineer/architect. Being of a diverse ethnic heritage, John aims to acknowledge the links that connect us all, especially those through music. He wants to expound the many aspects of history, especially the history of ragtime, to his generation, so everyone will recognize ragtime as a monumental form in the development of culture and music.
Tim Rotolo began
playing piano at age 5. His interest in ragtime was sparked during visits
to Disneyland. During one visit, the audience was asked if anyone would like to play.
He did, catching the attention of the afternoon featured performer. Tim was soon
introduced to Johnny Hodges, a featured pianist on Main Street for 25 years. Tim
was blessed to study with Johnny for three years. He has also studied with Patrick
Tim particularly enjoys the upbeat, energetic Revival-style ragtime popularized
in the 1950s, ragging popular songs of the ragtime era, and creating his own
arrangements of old standards.
In high school, Tim was a National Merit Finalist, and, in 2009, he earned
his Eagle Scout award. Now 19 years old, Tim will be a junior at Claremont
McKenna College, majoring
in International Relations, and is in his 6th year of studying Mandarin Chinese.
He has just returned from four weeks in Taiwan where he participated in a program
to teach English in a small school on the west coast of the island.
Tim's dream is to combine his piano playing and Chinese
while playing at Disney-Shanghai when it opens in 2014.
Tim has two CDs, titled Re-Keyed (2009) and Dust and Ivory (2011).
He has been a featured performer not only at the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival,
but also at the West Coast Ragtime Festival and the Ragtime Corner of
the Sacramento Music Festival.
has been a featured piano soloist in concerts and festivals for many years. He has appeared at the West Coast Ragtime Festival,
Breda Jazz Festival in Holland, the America's Finest City Festival in San Diego, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and many others.
He has also led his own groups (the Ray Skjelbred Quartet, the Great Excelsior Jazz Band, Berkeley Rhythm, the Yeti Chasers,
Ray Skjelbred and his Cubs, the Monogram Boys, and the First Thursday Band) and has played and recorded with most of the leading
traditional jazz musicians of the past few decades.
Ray has worked with Turk Murphy's Jazz Band, Bob Mielke's Bearcats,
Hal Smith's Roadrunners and with a variety of other groups that included or were led by Dick Oxtot, Ev Farey, Jim Goodwin,
Bob Helm, Bill Napier, Richard Hadlock, John Gill, Clint Baker, Chris Tyle, Monte Ballou, Kim Cusack, Simon Stribling and many others.
He currently works most often with Bob Schulz and the Frisco Jazz Band, Simon Stribling's New Orleans Ale Stars, Glenn Crytzer
and his Syncopators, and his own First Thursday Band (which plays regularly at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle's
Pioneer Square). Ray has also been a chosen accompanist for jazz and blues singers such as Barbara Dane, Barbara Lashley,
Rebecca Kilgore, Claire Austin, Pat Yankee, Carol Leigh and the legendary Victoria Spivey.
His piano work appears on the Triangle/Rhythm Master, Solo Art, Arcola, Pianomania, Euphonic, Stomp Off, Jazzology,
Berkeley Rhythm and Orangapoid labels.
Ray usually performs an eclectic mix of early jazz standards, blues, barrelhouse, classic ragtime, unexpected pop tunes
and original compositions.
Born and raised in eastern Kentucky, Squeek
Steele began playing the piano by ear at the age of 3,
with her formal music training beginning when she was 8. Squeek holds a Master's Degree in music.
A pianist, organist, composer and teacher, Squeek has performed internationally from Singapore
to Germany, New Zealand and Nepal, and on the east and west coasts of the United States.
Hailed as "a lightning bolt in a black dress" (Philadelphia Inquirer), Squeek played her way
into the Guinness Book of World Records for most songs performed on piano from memory
(1990 book, p.18, under "Squeek" Moore). She performed 1,852 songs in a three-week period.
The record remains unbroken.
Though Squeek is classically trained, she plays all styles and genres of music. Specializing
in ragtime and early 20th Century American popular music, she has recorded 15 CDs.
Squeek now makes her home in the old mining town of Virginia City, Nevada,
where you can sometimes find her playing at the Bucket of Blood Saloon or down
at the Gold Hill Hotel.
Stewart has performed Classic Piano Ragtime in Manchester, England, and in Bologna, Italy, for international music conferences. He presented his seminar, “Bands, Bars, and Banjos: influences on Ragtime,” for the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri. He has also appeared at the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival in Boulder, Colorado. Paul is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His piano performance degrees are from Indiana University, University of Illinois and Florida State University.
Paul has been active in music teaching associations and served as the Music Teachers National Association President 2005-2007. As an active performer, he has appeared as piano soloist with the North Carolina Symphony four times and given numerous solo and chamber music recitals. His longtime interest and research into ragtime piano music culminated in his 2007 CD titled “Rhythm and Rags”. Professor Stewart has given ragtime workshops, pedagogical sessions and performances for numerous local music associations and state conferences of the Music Teachers National Association.
is an Australian who currently resides in Texas where he leads a retired life, walking his dogs, building an airplane and practicing his piano whenever possible. He has been playing piano more than 60 years, having started on his seventh birthday, and concentrates mainly on ragtime and stride styles.
Monty attended the 2008 Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival on his way from Texas to Melbourne, Australia, to visit family (everyone knows that Sutter Creek is en route between Texas and Australia). He intended simply to enjoy the festival as an audience member, but due to the illness of one of the featured artists, Monty was co-opted onto the program. His very unique rollicking style (which uses handfuls of notes) was quite a hit, and he enjoyed this role so much that he has agreed to return each year since.
The Sullivans and Drivons
offer an array of contemporary and classic rags, including Latin tangos and waltzes, plus ragtime and novelty songs.
Among the pillars of the Sacramento and West Coast Ragtime Societies, the Sullivans have been part of the ragtime
scene for many years. They have enjoyed performing at various festivals, concerts, and special events — from
Santa Nella to China for Shanghai television.
A Sacramento native, Petra Sullivan has a degree in Music and teaches violin and piano. Bub Sullivan studied
classical piano as a child, then later took up string instruments before discovering ragtime as a student
in St. Louis.
The Sullivans are delighted to have the Drivons rounding out the quartet with their excellent talent and
tasteful musicality. Robyn Drivon is Counsel for Yolo County. Steve Drivon tours professionally, most recently
with the Rock Bottom Boys. The Drivons make their home sweet home in Woodland.
Keith Taylor began
playing ragtime in 1972. Until that time, his musical background was
classically oriented. Earning a Bachelor of Music degree in piano
and a Masters in composition, including studying composition in
Paris, France, he continues to perform and compose both types of
music. For many years he taught instrumental music in the Los
Angeles Public Schools. He currently lives with his wife in Azalea,
Oregon where he freelances as a composer and a pianist. Since
boyhood, Keith has traveled twice a year to the Mother Lode to
photograph the historic towns and to play every saloon piano he
finds — tuning and repairing them while he's at it — a very popular
fellow! In 1998 he dropped by the Sutter Creek Ice Cream Emporium,
where he discovered another piano and Stevens Price, someone he
hadn't seen since the two met at The Maple Leaf Club in Los Angeles
20 years earlier. Keith was the inspiration behind Stevens' decision
to organize the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival of 1999, and that was
such a success, Keith returned home and re-organized the Cascade
Ragtime Society which now sponsors an early April Ragtime Festival
in Roseberg, Oregon. Keith, along with Tom Bopp, is also responsible
for initiating the Fresno Flats Vintage Music Festival held each
February in Oakhurst, CA. Keith’s latest undertaking is the Annual
Shaniko Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival held in a wonderful ghost
town in Oregon each September.
Virginia Tichenor has been consumed by ragtime her entire life. She is
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! In 1998, Virginia released her first solo
recording, a CD entitled Virginia's Favorites. It includes four
two-piano duets with her father, Trebor. It was so popular, the
family has since released two other CDs, "The Tichenor Trio" which
includes Virginia's father and her multi-talented husband, Marty
Eggers, and most recently, "Ragtime Reunion - Tichenor Family Five"
featuring Virginia, her dad, her husband, her brother, and her
sister-in-law. She is the Vice President, and past President, of the
West Coast Ragtime Society.
Galen Wilkes has contributed much to the ragtime scene over the last few decades. Many know and play his popular rags, written in all styles from cakewalk to stride. But his talents extend far beyond that of composer. Besides several volumes of his own published piano rags, he has produced two radio series on ragtime (in New York and California), has done extensive research into various topics of its history, published articles, liner notes and booklets, taught courses, and given seminars. He ran the Palm Leaf Ragtime Orchestra and revived dancing to ragtime by creating the Ragtime Ball and having lessons taught. Such dancing is commonplace at ragtime events today through his efforts. He also has produced concerts, and The New England Ragtime Festival. One of his most cherished accomplishments is traveling through regions of the country to record people's memories and histories for preservation and future generations. Galen loves the era and sharing it with others.
To that end, Galen will be presenting a seminar at this year's festival, called Ragtime and Silent Cinema, part 1: Making Hits on the Silver Screen. Sheet music, piano rolls and phonograph records all spread the new, exciting sound of ragtime in America 100 years ago. But one of the most popular media of all — seen by millions on a daily basis — isn’t even remembered, nor has it been mentioned in any book on ragtime history. Come learn the fascinating story about one of the biggest sensations of the ragtime era you never heard of, and how it shared the popularity with silent movies in thousands of nickelodeons.