[Dixielandjazz] Fwd: Ragtime Revitsed, Helmsley Arts Centre, Yorks Sat 18th March 7:30pm
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Fri Mar 17 11:04:13 EDT 2017
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From: John Petters Traditional Jazz <yagiarray at gmail.com>
Date: 17 March 2017 at 15:09
Subject: Ragtime Revitsed, Helmsley Arts Centre, Yorks Sat 18th March 7:30pm
To: marekboym at gmail.com
Press Release: Ragtime Revisited @ Helmsley Arts Centre, Saturday 18th
A unique concert is promised on Saturday (18 March) when John Petters,
(“England’s finest Traditional Jazz Drummer” – The Mississippi Rag USA) an
acknowledged expert on early jazz and ragtime brings invites you to
'Ragtime Revisited' @ Helmsley Arts Centre..
This exciting concert features piano ‘professor’, Martin Litton, a
leading authority on the hot music of the era.
Essentially written for the piano, Ragtime was the first African American
music to be notated and is a close relative of early New Orleans Jazz.
It’s most popular composer, Scott Joplin, regarded himself as a serious
musician, with a Ragtime Ballet and two Operas included in his output.
In 1899, he composed the most famous piece, “Maple Leaf Rag”, which
influenced many other pianists and writers.
“The Entertainer” followed in 1901 which later enjoyed a huge revival in
the 1970s classic movie, “The Sting”, bringing Ragtime to a new audience.
Another Ragtime revival success was George Botsford’s “Black and White
Rag”, a million seller for Winifred Atwell in the ‘50s, which became the
iconic theme tune for BBC TV’s “Pot Black” snooker show in the ‘60s.
Throughout the first decade of the last century, Ragtime became the
dominant popular music, with many novelty songs using ‘rag’ or ‘ragtime’ in
the title. One of Irving Berlin’s earliest successes was ‘Alexander’s
New Orleans piano legend, Jelly Roll Morton adapted the style and made it
Martin Litton has arranged the works of Scott Joplin, Morton and others
for the trio of piano, clarinet and drums.
Martin Litton studied piano at the Colchester Institute; after graduating,
he joined Harry Gold's Pieces of Eight, then spent two years with Kenny
Ball, touring Russia and the Middle East.
Martin's work with leading British musicians includes recordings with
Humphrey Lyttleton, Wally Fawkes, not to mention backing US stars such as
Kenny Davern, Bob Wilbur, Yank Lawson and Wild Bill Davison.
Featured in the show will be virtuoso clarinettist, Richard Exall, a
former sideman in the world famous Chris Barber Band.
Reviewing the DVD / CD Box set of Ragtime Revisited, which was recorded to
go with the show, BBC broadcaster, Paul Barnes said, “From one classy sound
to another…the bonus, besides the music, is some extremely learned and well
informed notes from Martin Litton, who’s evidently studied Ragtime as a
phenomenon and really knows his stuff and moreover he plays the piano
rather well too!”
The show starts at 7:30pm and admission is only £13.
or call the box office: 01439 771700
See a 10 minute promotional video on YouTube here:
Order the CD / DVD box set on line here: http://www.traditional-jazz.
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