[Dixielandjazz] Thanks for the memory, Ron L'H
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Wed Oct 14 11:07:43 PDT 2009
Ron L'Herault wrote:
> I got to hear Max Morath on educational TV and then in person
> -WONDERFUL- thanks to Celebrity Nights of the Attleboros. I liked ragtime
> and 20s novelties a lot, probably because I was already collecting antique
Thank you, Ron. for your mention of Max Morath. Max and I are college
mates and fraternity brothers from Colorado College (Betas if you
wonder) and gigged many times while there.
Wonderful player, great historian of ragtime and early jazz song book
(especially the lyrics), and still a dear friend though we only see each
other every decade or so - last time in Duluth where he now lives. Had
lunch with him there four years ago,and hope to see him next fall when I
will be in Ashland, WI, across the River from Duluth.
Here's a little story abotu Max. He was doing a radio show,
mid-afternoon, for an audiance of mostly housewives in the 50's when we
were there. Colorado Springs is hs hometown.
They did a publicity bitwith perk up the rtings,and had this picture of
Max in a Tux and wearing a Lone Ranger type blackmask. "Who is this
masked pianist," the poster you sae everywhere asked. Now, a half
century later, I can still answer that question.
Every so often, in one city or another where he wa doing a date, we
hooked up and remembered the days when we were young and still full of
post Frat house fun.
Tanks for themention - it made my day remembering a very talented player
and good friend, who bridged the ragtimet to early jazz period so well
andwith so much honest respect.
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