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The 30th annual West Coast Ragtime Festival will be held November 18-20, 2016 at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, Rancho Cordova, California.  Below is the list of performers scheduled to appear as of 10/11/2016.

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Elliott Adams has been playing ragtime since age 10 and is now known internationally as a ragtime player, collector, historian, writer, and composer.

His extensive collection of ragtime, blues, and early jazz sheet music is available to researchers, musicians, and publishers. He has several notable solo recordings on the Stomp Off and PianoMania labels.

Elliott is an intrepid golfer and a practicing dermatologist.

Bio last updated 10/5/2014.

Paolo Alderighi was born on November 5, 1980, in Milan, Italy. He earned a degree in Piano Performance from the G. Verdi Conservatory of Milan in 2000, and a degree in Economics for Arts, Culture and Media from Bocconi University in 2005.

Since 1996 he has performed in Italy, USA, Japan, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kindom, Malta, and Morocco.

He reached the second position in the “Top Jazz 2007” referendum organized by the jazz magazine “Musica Jazz” as “Best New Talent” and first in the popular referendum “Italian Jazz Awards 2007” as “Brand New Jazz Act.”

He has recently recorded his fourth piano solo album and a trio album entitled “Around Broadway” for the label Abeat Jazz and joined many other recording sessions (Tiziana Ghiglioni “Non sono io” Philology, Karin Schmidt “German and American songs” Incipit Records, International Hot Jazz Quartet “Havin' A Ball” Arbors Records and “Still Havin' A Ball” Click Records, Alfredo Ferrario “Dedicated to Henghel” Philology, 5 CDs with the Japanese label Audio Park Records, Rebecca Kilgore Trio “Just Imagine” BlueSwing Recordings, and others).

He recorded a part of the soundtrack of the documentary of Ermanno Olmi regarding the artist Jannis Kounellis. He collaborated on the production of various cultural events.

Since 2011, he has been working on a four-hands piano project dedicated to classic jazz, swing, and ragtime with his wife, Stephanie Trick. They have performed together in Europe, the United States, and Japan. They have recorded five albums together, including “Two for One,” “Sentimental Journey,” and “Double Trio Always.” He performed or recorded with musicians well known in the jazz scene (Howard Alden, John Allred, Joe Ascione, Alan Barnes, Dan Barrett, Gianni Basso, Ian Bateman, Dan Block, Lillian Boutté, Gianni Cazzola, Franco Cerri, Evan Christopher, Colin Dawson, Bruno De Filippi, Tullio De Piscopo, Isla Eckinger, Giovanni Falzone, Alfredo Ferrario, Jim Galloway, Sandro Gibellini, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Dusko Goykovich, Marty Grosz, Scott Hamilton, Eiji Hanaoka, Duke Heitger, Dick Hyman, Duffy Jackson, Tom Kirkpatrick, Eiji Kitamura, Jason Marsalis, Ed Metz, Jr., Luciano Milanese, Gabriele Mirabassi, Mauro Negri, Nicki Parrott, Lino Patruno, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Polcer, Valery Ponomarev, Chuck Redd, Randy Reinhart, George Robert, Scott Robinson, Marcello Rosa, Randy Sandke, Antti Sarpila, Karin Schmidt, Frank Tate, Paolo Tomelleri, Warren Vaché, Bob Wilber, Roy Williams, Engelbert Wrobel, and others).

Since 2007, he has been teaching musical culture (Arts and Culture I) at Bocconi University for students in the department of the Master of Science in Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment.

He received a special prize from the Jury at the “National Prize of the Arts 2007” organized by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, in the “Jazz” category.

Bio last updated 9/27/2016.

Cleve Baker, as a youngster after the War, was turned on to the Traditional Jazz of Lu Watters that he heard on the radio, including live ragtime played by Wally Rose, long before ragtime was revived by The Sting.

He was "hooked" by the history of the music, its composers and how it has played a role in the social history of the United States.

Cleve did his first paying gig at the Red Garter during his senior year at Stanford Medical School. He has enjoyed playing with a Dixieland band in the North Bay, the Dixon Phirehouse Philharmonics Band, for over 30 years. He's also played with small jazz bands in the Sacramento area and on cruise ships.

At this festival, Cleve will focus on compositions created during the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Revival by Lu Watters, Turk Murphy and Pete Clute, as well as the Ragtime and Traditional New Orleans Jazz which was the object of the San Francisco revival.

Bio last updated 10/15/2010.

Tom Barnebey has been in trad jazz since the 1960s, when he began playing banjo and piano in pizza parlors around the Los Angeles area, and cornet with the then newly formed Jelly Roll Jazz Band. After moving to Sonoma County, he led the well regarded Jazz Salvation Company for 20 years.

Over the years Tom has been a member of, or filled in on various instruments with such jazz bands as San Francisco Feetwarmers, Bear Republic, Trad Trio, Devil Mountain, Golden Eagle and Zenith, as well as performing ragtime/sing-along piano concerts.

Tom currently leads Barnebey’s Hot Four, a quartet playing New Orleans jazz, and a quintet called “Beyond Salvation Jazz Band”, playing pop music from the Roaring Twenties.

Bio last updated 10/27/2015.

Anne Barnhart's musical experiences with Ivory&Gold® have taken her around the world. Her flute performances have been enjoyed from coast to coast in the U.S. and abroad in places such as England, Scotland, Ireland, Russia, French Polynesia, South America, Canada, and France just to name a few. Audiences are dazzled by her technique, awed by her tone and enthralled with her timing when bantering with her husband, pianist Jeff Barnhart.

Anne is a magna cum laude graduate of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and holds both bachelor and masters degrees in music. As a result of extensive master-class experience performing for such world famous artists as Jeffrey Khaner and Goran Marcusson, Anne was invited to participate in the Acadmie International d’ete de Nice held in Nice, France. Anne is a member of the International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians in the Classical and Light-Classical Fields. Anne’s teachers include Vanita Hall-Jones, John Wion and Ransom Wilson.

Anne makes her home in Mystic, Conn., which she and Jeff rarely enjoy as they are on the road over 40 weeks of the year!

Bio last updated 10/30/2015.

Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, composer, educator and entertainer. Jeff began his professional career at age 14 playing and entertaining four nights a week in a restaurant in his home state of Connecticut. Here he began to learn the classic swing, jazz and ragtime repertoire of the early 20th century. The 21st century has found Jeff constantly appearing as a soloist, guest artist and pianist at jazz parties, festivals, clubs and cruises throughout the world.

Jeff leads several bands in the UK: the Fryer-Barnhart International Jazz Band, which concentrates on hot music of the 1920s, and Jeff Barnhart’s British Band, which performs small group swing of the 30s and Jeff Barnhart and His Rhythm - The New Fats Waller Show. Jeff spent 15 years as pianist/vocalist with the U.S.-based Titan Hot Seven acting as band manager for 10 of those 15 years.

Due to his versatility, vast repertoire and vibrant energy, Jeff is in increasing demand as a participant in international jazz events as either a soloist or as pianist in All-Star Jazz ensembles. In addition to his widely acclaimed solo and band appearances, Jeff is enjoying great success performing with smaller groups, most notably Ivory&Gold®, a group he co-leads with his talented wife, flutist Anne Barnhart. Ivory&Gold® has become a mainstay at many jazz and ragtime festivals throughout the U.S. and the UK.

Jeff enjoys playing dual piano and has done so with such jazz luminaries as Ralph Sutton, Neville Dickie, Louis Mazetier, John Sheridan and Brian Holland. In addition to his own label, Jazz Alive Records, Jeff plays piano and sings on the international labels GHB, Summit-World Jazz Records, Music Minus One, and the two largest jazz labels in the UK, Lake Records and P.E.K. Sound. Most recently, Jeff has joined the roster of artists featured on the Arbors Records label, with four recordings currently available: the most recent featuring jazz legends Bob Wilber and Bucky Pizzarelli. Jeff has recorded as both pianist and vocalist on over 100 full-length albums. He averages 40 weeks a year on the road, bringing his music to all corners of the globe.

Bio last updated 9/27/2016.

Andrew E. Barrett comes from a musical family and was brought up 
hearing a wide variety of music in the house, from traditional jazz and swing that is his father's favorite, to the classic rock and world music enjoyed by his uncle, to the classical music, operetta, and ragtime favored by his grandfather. Although he enjoys all of this music, Andrew really latched onto the ragtime, and, also propelled by his discovery of automatic musical instruments and their music (also at a young age), his musical path was set.

Andrew has been playing percussion instruments since he was at least four years old, and at some point started picking out tunes on the piano, by ear, with one finger. 

Circa age 11 or so, Andrew decided he was not content just playing 
with one finger, and, inspired by the different then-new ragtime MIDI websites he found on the internet, (not to mention all of the great recordings of player piano, coin piano, and orchestrion music) asked his parents for piano lessons. Thus Andrew was given circa eight years of lessons with local piano instructor, Anita Gillett, from a beginning through intermediate level. 

Everything since then has been largely self-taught, either through studying sheet music, copying bits of recordings and piano rolls, or learning sheet-music transcriptions of said recordings and piano rolls. (However, Andrew would like to add that he has had some instruction in blues piano from Carl Sonny Leyland, and has also gained much valuable knowledge and advice from piano-playing friends, some of whom will also be at the festival).

Andrew's musical taste, sensibility, and accompanying ability has been shaped by advice from his father, Dan Barrett, an early mentor, George Probert, and several other folks (notably Brad Kay and Luigi Ranalli) who have given, and continue to give, much valuable advice regarding playing in an ensemble, and also regarding accompanying vocalists and solo instrumentalists.

Andrew's first attempts at composition came with his early study of the piano, but his first real rag, "Elastic" (a collaboration with his father, Dan Barrett) didn't appear until 2000. Since then, Andrew has composed and completed about 15 rags and other pieces of music, with at least a dozen more awaiting completion.

Andrew's favorite composers include Roy Bargy, Charlotte Blake, Joe Cooper, Silvio Hein, Fred Hoeptner, Karl Hoschna, Nat Johnson, James Mercer, Robin Pecknold, William C. Polla, David Thomas Roberts, Ron Ross, and Harry C. Thompson, among many others. You can hear their influence in his compositions.

Andrew's favorite pianists include Frank Banta, James Blythe, Irving Brodsky, Buddy Burton, Art Gillham, Porter Grainger, Louis Hooper, Clarence Johnson, Ray Perkins, Phil Schwartz, Ernest Stevens, Charley Straight, and Pete Wendling, among many others. You can hear their influence in his playing.

In addition to his ragtime and solo piano work, Andrew has had the privilege of accompanying several great singers. He has also had the privilege to participate in the following musical groups (encompassing many genres): The California Feetwarmers, City Country City, The Dough Rollers, Evans and Rogers, Fletcher's Castorians, Sister Rogers, Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five, The Surrenders, and the Unurban Irregulars (among others).

Andrew is currently finishing up his last few semesters at OCC (Orange Coast College) with a major in music, 
hoping eventually to transfer to a University where he may obtain a degree in musicology, and perhaps also library science (to become an archivist).

Andrew has ideas for books, sheet music folios, reissue recordings, reissue piano rolls, and websites, (mostly to do with American popular piano styles and piano playing from the 1890s through the 1920s) and would like as much local help as possible to make these dreams a reality, so that people in the future do not have to struggle to obtain a certain pianist's complete recordings, nor to struggle to learn to play like that pianist.

Andrew would also like to please ask anyone who can to save a poor neglected player piano and/or reed organ from the dump, and get it fully restored by a qualified restorer, not just for their own musical enjoyment and edification (and of their friends), but also to help preserve more of these great instruments for future generations.

Andrew would also like to ask those who possess said fully-restored pianos and reed organs, to please make them available to musicians for recording purposes, so that today's musicians can rediscover their great sounds and use them to help make the great music of tomorrow.

Bio last updated 9/25/2012.

Mimi Blais has used ragtime music as a way to discover her many talents as an entertainer, storyteller, communicator, educator, director, actress and composer. Classically trained (started piano at age 7, then entered the Quebec City Conservatory of Music, L.Mus, B.Mus in performance & a Concert Diploma at McGill University in Montreal, where she now lives), whatever the style of music she chooses to play, she receives unanimous praise.

The ragtime world knows Mimi as a wonderful ragtime pianist and performer, but she’s much more than that. This French Canadian multitalented lady is also a composer, arranger, teacher, actress, comedienne, stage director and writer. She’s been meteoric in her quick rise to ragtime fame; masterful in her technique, performance and understanding of several musical genres; magnetic in her personality and communication with her audiences; mighty in her command of the keyboard, especially those octave passages; and mischievous in her wit and humor.

She’s always enthusiastic and upbeat, delivering performances that are solid and inspiring. This past year she has seemed better than ever before, playing with incredible musicality and giving seminars that combined in-depth analysis, contemplation, and theatricality – an unlikely combination! But if you saw her in her form-fitting black satin and lace slip talking about Ragtime as an Art, you’d understand what I mean! 

What a woman! Mimi is indeed marvelous, both as a performer and as a person. . . . Dr.Rosemary Hallum, Excerpt from "Marvelous Mimi" in American Rag

Mimi has CDs available at the Ragtime Store. Check her website for other performance schedules and more details. www.mimiblais.com

Bio last updated 10/9/2014.

Tom Bopp has made his living as an entertainer since 1982, performing a wide range of piano and vocal music. In spring of 1983, Tom signed on at the historic Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park, and continues to perform there nightly in the hotel’s piano parlor. Born in southern California (1957) and raised in Torrance, Tom was introduced to the keyboard by his older brother Steve, who taught him how to play Chopsticks on their parents’ newly acquired fifty-dollar upright piano.

After his mother introduced him to Heart And Soul, Tom became unstoppable in his tireless by-ear renderings of popular tunes such as Georgie Girl, Summertime, and Linus and Lucy.

After four years of this, at age 11, Tom was persuaded to begin piano lessons. Laura Lee Lukas, Tom’s teacher for the next 10 years, had studied with Edward Kilenyi, Louis Kentnor, and Wager Swayne. The latter had been a pupil of the great pedagogue, Theodor Leschitizsky, who had studied with Czerny, who had studied with Beethoven. Tom is proud of this heritage, but is careful not to make any claims by it. Additionally, Tom learned to play the trombone in the public schools, and in junior college pursued the study of his weakest subject, music theory, going so far as to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in theory and composition.

After settling into a career as a piano technician (tuning and rebuilding), Tom received an irresistible offer to play piano at a soon-to-open novelty restaurant called JoAnne’s Chili Bordello (their motto: 17 varieties of chili served in an atmosphere of sin), in November of 1982. Tom claims it was there that he learned all the basics about performing for the public. In the spring of 1983, Tom was invited to play for just one week at the Wawona Hotel; it was extended to a second week, during which he was invited to stay on as full-time musician. He’s been there ever since.

Tom’s repertoire is an eclectic but by no means comprehensive mélange, representing his shifting tastes in music, or as he puts it, a short attention-span. While he is apt to perform anything from Celtic folk music to, as he calls it, neurotic jazz, Tom generally tries to coordinate his offerings with the feeling of the room, but somehow usually manages to segue into popular music from the first 50 years of the 20th century. Whether he’s performing cabaret songs, antique salon music, cowboy ditties, leftovers from long-ago classical piano lessons, Depression-era tunes, or ragtime, spontaneity is the thing Tom likes best.

Tom makes his home in Fish Camp, California, with his wife, Diane, and three cats. His wife, Diane Detrick Bopp, taught art for 13 years at Beverly Hills High School before marrying Tom in 1994. Tom’s hobbies include composing (on his computer), wandering aimlessly, and delving into endless time-consuming Projects.

In April 2005, Tom provided the entertainment for a small dinner party that included Vice President and Mrs. Cheney. In January, 2006 Tom was honored by his employer, Delaware North Corporations, with the newly created Legacy Award of Service Excellence. Out of some 40,000 worldwide associates, only seven received the award — one for each of DNC's seven divisions — of which Tom represents Parks & Resorts. The award was presented at DNC's Spirit Of Vision Awards Gala in Orlando.

On December 17, 2008, Tom was awarded the annual Yosemite Fund Award "in recognition of the significant effort he has made to enhance the value of Yosemite National Park as a national treasure."

Tom’s eclectic tastes are represented on five CDs available on the internet at YosemiteMusic.com. His one-man show, "Vintage Songs Of Yosemite," celebrates the first century of the Yosemite Experience through vintage music, stories, art, and photography. In addition to nightly performances at the Wawona Hotel, Tom plays during the winter at Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel, on occasion the Tenaya Lodge (just outside the park), and at various fund-raising concerts and private functions. He also performs public concerts regularly at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, California. Tom may be contacted via his web page at YosemiteMusic.com.

Bio last updated 9/27/2014.

Jack & Chris Bradshaw, classically trained ragtime piano duo artists from Gilroy, California, righteously proclaim that, with 88 keys and 20 fingers at their disposal, they have the most piano keys held down at any one time — many of them right! Not going for speed, their quest is for clarity and classic ragtime charm as their fingers dance off the keyboard to Jack’s four-hand arrangements of popular rags, cakewalks, marches and novelty numbers. Jack also performs solos to round out their programs.

Besides performing at West Coast, this lively pair gets around and has appeared at the Sutter Creek, Scott Joplin, Blind Boone, Shaniko, Santa Cruz, and the Fresno Flats Ragtime Festivals, and at Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. The rollicking road to ragtime thus far has taken them to eleven states, Canada, and even to Zürich, Switzerland for a youth ragtime competition and to play a few tunes. They also play in the Ragnolia Ragtette with the Drivons and as the Piano & Pipes Ragtime Trio with theater organist, William Coale.

Bio last updated 10/5/2016.

Danny Coots in 1964 was just six years of age when he began playing drums in upstate New York. Since then, he has studied with Nick Baffaro, Rich Holly, Alan Koffman and Jim Petercsak in percussion. Danny attended The Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University. He eventually served as adjunct faculty at St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University and Potsdam State University from the 1970s into the 1990s.

He continued traveling and performing with David Amram, Ray Shiner, Daniel Pinkham, Herb Ellis, Will Alger, Jack Mayhue, Speigle Wilcox, Mimi Hines, Phil Ford, Bob Darch, Pearl Kaufman and Arthur Duncan.

In 1996 Danny moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and has lived there ever since. Danny has recorded extensively in Nashville, New York and L.A. and has appeared in over 100 countries. He has played on over 100 recordings, one of which won a Grammy in 2005.

After moving to Tennessee, Danny joined the Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band for five years and helped found the Titan Hot Seven. During this time he played and recorded with Dick Hyman, Houston Person, Bob Wilber, Johnny Varro, Jeff Coffin, Tim Laughlin, Harry Allen, Dave Hungate, Bill Allred, John Allred, Randy Reinhart, Ron Hockett, John Cocuzzi, John Sheridan, Dan Barrett, Vince Giordano, Rebecca Kilgore, Ken Peplowski, Duke Heitger, Neville Dickie, Bob Shultz, Nicki Parrott, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Yve Evans, Chuck Hedges, Warren Vache and Allen Vache to name a few.

Bio last updated 10/5/2016.

Kylan deGhetaldi hails from Santa Cruz, California, and started playing piano and violin at a young age. While studying classical and jazz he was soon inevitably drawn towards ragtime. Kylan's YouTube Channel (youtube.com/foundring) was one of the first to feature amateur interpretations of stride pianists like Fats Waller and Art Tatum. A decade and millions of views later, Kylan has been fortunate enough to perform and collaborate with some of finest musicians in the world, most notably his introduction to the thriving ragtime community.

Kylan is also a member of the viral jazz group Postmodern Jukebox with whom he's performed in over 50 cities around the world. In addition to working as a church organist, a professional word-games player, and raising his 4-year-old daughter, Kylan is the founder of the Santa Cruz Ragtime Festival, with its second year to be held February 24-26, 2017.

Bio last updated 10/5/2016.

Richard Dowling, a Steinway Artist, has been hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine pianist.” He appears regularly throughout the United States in solo recitals, at classical chamber music festivals, ragtime/jazz festivals, and as guest soloist with symphony orchestras. Works of Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin, and ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire. He has received reviews that praise him as “a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of colors and textures,” as “a musician with something to say, the skill to say it and the magnetic power to make you want to listen,” and for giving “a superb recital that left the audience craving for more at the end.”

Mr. Dowling will perform the complete piano works of Scott Joplin in two historic recitals at Carnegie Hall next spring on Saturday afternoon and evening, April 1, 2017 — exactly 100 years to the day that Joplin died in New York.

Richard Dowling will be the first pianist in history to perform the complete cycle of Joplin’s piano works in public. Throughout 2017 he will perform all-Joplin recitals nationwide. Rivermont Records will soon release Mr. Dowling’s 3-CD set, The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin. For more information about Mr. Dowling’s 2017 Joplin concerts and recordings, visit his website at www.richard-dowling.com.

Bio last updated 9/11/2016.

Robyn & Steve Drivon became part of the West Coast ragtime movement in 2003 when Robyn began performing on tuba with the Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble. Soon after, Steve joined in playing trombone, and their new love for ragtime was born. Soon, Steve started showing up with his drums, which fostered the Sullivans & Drivons quartet. Since 2007, Robyn and Steve have been enjoying working with Chris and Jack Bradshaw as the Ragnolia Ragtette.

The Drivons have become known to many ragtime fans and musicians as familiar and welcomed performers in a number of festivals and concerts from Switzerland to California.

Since 2009, the Drivons have performed as a duo at both the Sutter Creek and West Coast Ragtime Festivals. With Robyn on tuba, Steve will sing some of their favorite ragtime era songs while adding rhythm and chords on tenor guitar.

Robyn Drivon has played the tuba since she was 10 years old, and has now oompahed with orchestras, symphonic bands, and brass ensembles in California and the Midwest, including several European tours. An accomplished tubist, Robyn relinquished her position with the Stockton Symphony in 1986 to begin law school. In 2006 she and hubby Steve moved to Woodland, Calif., and she is currently County Counsel for El Dorado County. Since entering the Ragtime scene, Robyn has started studying the piano, and loves it! The grand kids call her "Nama".

Steve "Pops" Drivon has enjoyed a career's worth of traditional jazz, early American pop, and band music accomplishments. He has toured since the 1970s with the Port City Jazz Band as well as 11 years with the Washboard Wizardz and most recently with the Rock Bottom Boys. Steve also toured previously with his one-man show, Stevie the Musical Clown, and as crooner/lead trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Currently, Pops is enjoying being "not on the Road" spending the time now with Robyn, kids and grand kids, bicycles, and Turk, their big labradoodle.

Bio last updated 10/8/2014.

Marty Eggers is described by Terry Waldo as having "an encyclopedic knowledge of the ragtime and early jazz repertoire". He has played with numerous Bay Area jazz and ragtime groups, including the Yerba Buena Stompers, John Gill's San Francisco Jazz Band and the Black Diamond Jazz Band. In addition to solo piano, Marty appeared at the festival for years as bassist with the Bo Grumpus Trio.

He has also appeared with the Tichenor Family Trio (Trebor Tichenor, Virginia Tichenor, and Marty).

Marty helped found the Sacramento Ragtime Society in 1982. He is a past president of the West Coast Ragtime Society.

Bio last updated 8/11/2008.

Andrew Greene is the founder and director of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, and is the leading young authority on orchestral ragtime and silent film accompaniment. Mr. Greene founded the Peacherine Orchestra while a freshman at the University of Maryland, hoping to draw attention to this neglected but historically important music.

He is the curator of the Arthur C. Ziegler, E.J. McBride, Katherine Lingham, Louis H. Burns, and Palm Leaf Ragtime Orchestra collections, along with his own personal collection of orchestrated ragtime, silent movie music, theater and dance selections, piano solos, and records. The collection totals over 10,000 selections from 1862 to 1950, with an emphasis on the music of 1880 to 1929.

Mr. Greene has appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress, The American Film Institute, and has traveled across the United States to perform, conduct, and lecture on the music of America’s past. Mr. Greene guest conducted the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Orchestra at the age of 22 in September 2013, underscoring the silent comedy of Charlie Chaplin. Frequently Mr. Greene leads seminars based on his research, presenting at ragtime festivals and other events. His website is www.greeneragtime.com.

Bio last updated 9/6/2016.

Dale Hadley is a seasoned ragtime composer who has recently put his composing skills on hold to concentrate on performing. A native of Florida, Dale began his musical journey with piano lessons at age five. At 19 he gained experience playing in pizza parlors and Wild West theme park shows. Dale’s love of classical ragtime began with an Air Force tour of duty overseas. During an Armed Forces Radio broadcast, he heard a haunting piano solo later discovered to be Heliotrope Bouquet by Scott Joplin.

Returning to Florida in the 1970s, he found the nation in a ragtime frenzy and began learning as many Scott Joplin pieces as he could lay his hands on. Dale began composing in 1984 and put together a folio that includes My Hero, later included on Sue Keller’s CD Ragtime Reflections.

He currently performs at community venues and is a member of the Sacramento Ragtime Society, playing at their regular meetings.

Bio last updated 10/5/2016.

Frederick Hodges is hailed by the press as one of the best pianists in the world, and is sought after by today’s foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors, and collaborative musicians. His artistry, virtuosity and charisma have brought him to the world’s most renowned stages, leaving audiences around the globe captivated. Classically trained as a concert pianist, Frederick maintains an active schedule of stage, television, radio, and film appearances.

He is a much sought-after silent film accompanist for both live performances and on DVD. In addition to concert engagements throughout the world, he performs regularly at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in California, the Cinecon Film Festival in Hollywood, and at silent film festivals around the country. He also performs at top music festivals around the globe.

A Bay Area native, Frederick received his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and earned both Masters and Doctorate degrees at Oxford University in England. His website is www.frederickhodges.com.

Bio last updated 10/5/2016.

Brian Holland is an internationally renown pianist, composer, recording artist, and entertainer who has enjoyed a music career spanning more than 35 years. After spending his formative years playing in pizza parlors and clubs throughout Indiana, Brian’s career flourished when he discovered the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 1999, he won his third title and was retired as “undefeated.” He has since returned three times to serve on the judges panel.

Brian has played with some of the hottest jazz bands in the U.S. — Titan Hot Seven, Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, the Holland Rhythm Company, and others — and has traveled all over the world performing his creative styles of jazz, ragtime, stride, boogie, and blues. Most recently Brian and Danny Coots have formed a musical partnership, and together they are quickly building a reputation as the fun and musical duo, Holland & Coots.

Brian has fourteen recordings (solo and ensemble) to his credit, and garnered a Grammy nomination for his work with Bud Dresser on their album, “Ragtime - Goodtime - Jazz”.

Bio last updated 10/31/2015.

Vincent Johnson's multifaceted approach to ragtime and syncopated piano music is both forward thinking and historically minded. As a pianist, he is dedicated to the oft-forgotten novelty piano style and peppers his performances with renditions of rarely heard compositions. As a transcriber, he is as likely to be transcribing a syncopated song arrangement from a Duo-Art piano roll as he is to be transcribing the latest composition of a fellow Southern California ragtimer.

As a composer, Johnson combines the format and parlance of historical rags and piano novelties with his own humor and sensibilities to create a personal, unique style. His … And So Fourth!won 1st prize in the 2014 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing New Rag Contest.

Vincent regularly performs at ragtime clubs and festivals throughout California, and his compositions have been formally programmed by pianists from Manhattan to Hungary. Johnson’s debut CD My Pet, featuring novelty piano solos, was released in 2013.

Bio last updated 11/8/2014.

Max Keenlyside is a dazzling pianist and formidable composer, and has made an auspicious entry into the music world. Born in 1991 and starting in music at the age of 10, he has written and performed music in ragtime, stride, and classical styles, gaining a reputation as a top young artist in his field. In 2009, Max represented Prince Edward Island in the National Artist’s Program, held in the conjunction with the Canada Games. A favorite at jazz and ragtime events around the world, he has headlined at the Scott Joplin, West Coast Ragtime, and Blind Boone festivals.

While equally at home in ragtime and classical styles, he is especially lauded for his stride and traditional jazz chops. These demanding, two-handed and rich piano styles were crafted by the likes of “Jelly Roll” Morton, Fats Waller, and James P. Johnson; Max plays them all with a stylistic flair and an ear for detail.

Having composed since elementary school, Max’s compositions have garnered critical acclaim. He wrote the concert march processional music for his own high school graduation, and his “Northern Lights Rag” has become a fixture on the ragtime scene.

In addition to festivals, Max regularly plays solo concerts and has given a program for a live audience on CBC Radio. His debut release, KeenlyStride, was issued in 2010 on the Rivermont label. This was followed by Mostly Max in 2012, featuring a plethora of Max’s original compositions alongside the old classics. Max currently performs around North America, and is composing his first Symphony for orchestra.

Bio last updated 11/16/2013.

Morten Gunnar Larsen graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music in 1978, having specialized in classic ragtime and early jazz piano, with emphasis on Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Eubie Blake, and Louis M Gottschalk. He recorded his first solo album in 1975 for which he received the ‘Spellemannsprisen’ award (the Norwegian Grammy). He next founded the Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra in 1977 and studied and performed with stride pianist Eubie Blake, to whom Larsen composed Memories of Eubie.

Larsen worked in New Orleans over longer periods of time, resulting in tours and musical direction of One mo' time (1979–81) written by Vernel Bagneris. Larsen's collaboration with Bagneris continued with the performance Jelly Roll!! - the music and the man, dedicated Jelly Roll Morton, premiered at Oslo Jazzfestival 1990. It played 11 months in New York Off-Broadway (1994–95) and was published as a CD (GHB, 1996). This work gave Larsen the OBIE Award for 1995. He had earlier received the Buddy Award and the Norwegian Jazz Federation's «Jazz musician of the year» award (1992) in his home country of Norway.

He participates on several recordings with the Magnolia Jazzband (1974–93), Ytre Suløens Jassensemble, is a member of Odeon Jazz Quintet, Union Rhythm Kings, participates often with Norbert Susemihl's Joyful Gumbo (2011-Present), in addition to his own fascinating Ophelia Orchestra (1977-present). With this group he has made several U.S. tours. Special projects include excerpts from Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha, and Sound & Smoke — music from Berlin during the Weimar Republic era.

Mr. Larsen currently performs in duo with the jazz singer Karin Krog as well as clarinetist Georg Reiss and vocalist Ståle Ytterli. As a soloist he has also been featured with symphonic groups in works by Gershwin, Bernstein, et al, and has toured extensively in the U.S., Great Britain and Scandinavia, as well as in Germany, Italy, Spain, etc.

Solo recordings:

      • Classic Rags & Stomps (1975)
      • Don't you leave me here (1978)
      • …plays Roberto Clemente... (1981)
      • Echo of spring (Hot Club Records, 1983)
      • Maple leaf rag (Herman Records, 1989)
      • Charleston Rag collection (Herman Records, 1995)
      • Hot Jazz, Pop Jazz & Ragtime (Pianomania/Disklavier, 1996)
      • Fingerbreaker (Decca, 1999)
      • Ragtime and Rhapsody - live from a 1997 concert in Levanger (Herman Records, 2005)

In Duo:

      • Jelly Roll! - the Music and the Man; Original cast album (GHB Records, 1996) with Vernel Bagneris
      • Rhapsody (2000), with Georg Reiss
      • In a Rag Bag (2012), with Karin Krog


      • NPR.org has Bagneris and Larsen interviewed on National Public Radio (1995) including music from the 1992 performance.

Bio last updated 10/9/2014.

Carl Sonny Leyland was born & raised on the South Coast of England, growing up close to the city of Southampton. As a child he was drawn to the American music which he heard on LP records his father would play. It was here that he developed an appreciation for Dixieland jazz, the rock & roll of the 1950s & the country music of Jimmie Rodgers & Hank Williams. At age 15 Leyland discovered boogie woogie when he heard a school friend working through a written arrangement of a tune called JD's Boogie Woogie (Marvin Wright). Captivated by the sound of the repeating 8 to the bar left hand pattern, Leyland was inspired to go to the piano & begin on a path that would become his life's purpose.

Within three months he would be performing in public & shortly after would become a member of a respected local group "The Bob Pearce Blues Band."

Initially influenced by boogie woogie greats Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson & Meade 'Lux' Lewis, Leyland went on to fully explore the piano blues genre, becoming an authority on early & obscure styles such as those played by Cow Cow Davenport, Little Brother Montgomery, Montana Taylor & Speckled Red to name a few.

In 1988 Leyland had the opportunity to come to the USA. This initial visit to New Orleans inspired him to relocate to that city where he would spend the next nine years. During that time he was active on the club scene, quickly gaining a reputation for his authentic blues & early rock & roll stylings. Also, he toured with the Dallas based band Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets whose line up included blues great Sam Myers.

In 1997, feeling the need for a change, Leyland relocated to Southern California. He joined Big Sandy & His Flyrite Boys, the well known rockabilly & western swing group & toured with them for over three years.

By this time his repertoire had expanded to include ragtime & early jazz styles which enabled him to become part of the traditional jazz scene around Los Angeles & San Diego. In June of 2003 the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio was formed with drummer Hal Smith & bassist Marty Eggers. There was such a natural synergy between the three musicians that a recording of their first performance was good enough to issue on a CD (Broadway Boogie, now out of print). Their versatile combination has proven successful over the years. They have recorded seven CDs to date (including a collaboration with Nathan James & Ben Hernandez) and continue to work steadily on the festival scene. (Jeff Hamilton replaced Hal Smith as drummer.)

Leyland has also continued his involvement with the rockabilly scene & plays each year in the backing band at Viva Las Vegas & more recently at the Rockabilly Rave USA. In this capacity he has worked with such notables as Janis Martin, Ruth Brown, Billy Lee Riley & Carl Mann. (See 'Career History' page on his web site carlsonnyleyland.com for a complete list of artists.)

Whether playing solo or with his trio, Leyland's playing displays an infectious spontaneity, providing plenty of surprises for the listener. While he possesses the necessary vocabulary to pay tribute to the greats of old, he refuses to limit himself to this & prefers to let each performance be an opportunity to say something new.

Bio last updated 11/9/2015.

Frank LiVolsi is a pianist and composer from Rhode Island who specializes in ragtime and early jazz. Beginning his musical education at the Knapp School of Music under the instruction of Mrs. Julia Tombello, Frank received classical training and only discovered a passionate interest in ragtime during his early teen years. Frank's first performance outside New England was in 2011, when he performed at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri.

Since then Frank has appeared at the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, California; the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival in Columbia, Missouri; as well as venues in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Massachusetts. Frank is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island, having earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics.

Bio last updated 11/9/2015.

Jonathan Meredith has been playing finger-style ragtime guitar for about 40 years. He plays both nylon and steel string guitars for both classical rags and parlor rags as well as ragtime arrangements of original, popular, jazz, novelty tunes from the 30's and 40's. He plays in and around the foothill area of Nevada City and Grass Valley. In the mid 1980's he produced a series called "Ragtime" in Nevada City featuring piano, guitar, dancing, slideshows, history, cakewalks and ensemble groups.

Jonathan also produced a series of California and Klondike Gold Rush productions which were performed locally and at the Huntington Library in Pasadena. Vocal and instrumental arrangements of Fats Waller's tunes will also be heard. Jonathan also plays gypsy jazz, country swing and old-timey music in a band with his wife, Margo, called "The Buffalo Crossing".

Bio last updated 11/10/2015.

Larisa Migachyov was born in Russia and began her classical piano training at the age of 5. After immigrating to the United States, she quit music for many years until, by pure chance, she saw a flyer advertising the San Antonio Ragtime Society on a supermarket bulletin board. She attended one of the meetings and was instantly hooked. A year later, she composed her very first rag, the Purple Chicken Rag, and premiered it at the 2006 Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Mo.

Larisa has composed more than 22 rags, mostly in a very traditional style, and mostly named after various types of food. Since that first performance at the 2006 Scott Joplin Festival, she has performed at many other ragtime festivals, and in fact, helped start a new festival in San Antonio. She has released two CDs, A Heap of Rags in 2007, and Oh, That Ragtime Chick! in 2009. The latter CD features 13 of her own compositions.

Larisa's "day jobs" have included mechanical engineering, design consulting, literary translation, and running a math tutoring agency. She recently graduated from law school, worked for a law firm in Palo Alto, Calif., and currently makes a living as a patent attorney in private practice.

Bio last updated 11/10/2011.

Ezequiel Pallejá, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a ragtime and early jazz performer since half a century ago, participating in many Argentinian bands, like Tiempos Viejos Jazz Band, Roseland Jazz Band, Guardia Vieja Jazz Band, Antigua Jazz Band, Eureka Jazz Band, Porteña Jazz Band and at present the Fenix Jazz Band, attending long-time shows in Argentina and participating in international festivals in New Orleans and Connecticut in the USA.

He has composed more than 15 rags within the last 20 years. As a piano soloist, he has participated in the San Antonio Ragtime Festival (2010 and 2011) and the West Coast Ragtime Festival since 2012. He was a judge at the San Antonio young ragtime performers contests (2011 and 2013), and brought piano ragtime recitals to Houston (2011, 2013), San Antonio (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and Lima, Perú (2013).

In Buenos Aires he performs recitals in many opportunities, as piano soloist, as choir director, and as piano performer in jazz bands or for silent movies. He also gives talks about ragtime, tango and jazz origins, and makes some related musicals with singers and chorus. His musical El ritmo del Ragtime is expected to be presented next year. Recently he also formed the “Buenos Aires Ragtime Trio” along with a banjoist and a tubist.

He is the director of the “Buenos Aires International Ragtime Festival” which took place in that city, November 2014 and 2015. A third festival is planned for May 2017.

In another vein, Pallejá is an engineer at the University of Buenos Aires and a Ph.D of the Valencia Politechnique University. He belongs to the Engineering and Geographic Argentine Academies.

Bio last updated 10/11/2016.

Will Perkins is a 23-year-old native of Riverbank, California, who has been performing at ragtime/jazz festivals since the age of 14. His love for the traditional American piano styles of Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, and Dick Wellstood have led him to opportunities to perform at music festivals around the United States and beyond. In 2012, Will was a featured performer at the Bohem Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival in Kecskemet, Hungary, and later that year placed 3rd in the World Championship of Old-Time Piano in Peoria, Illinois.

After a two-year hiatus as a religious missionary in the country of Uruguay, he has happily returned to music performing at numerous venues across the country.

Currently, Will resides in Rexburg, Idaho, where he attends Brigham Young University – Idaho studying Elementary Education, and is preparing to release his third album of music this winter.

Bio last updated 10/11/2016.

John Reed-Torres (aged 25) was born and raised in Los Angeles. The first time John recalls hearing Ragtime was during school recess in fifth grade. An ice cream truck's megaphone projected the A theme of Joplin’s "The Entertainer". John smiles, "Right then and there, Ragtime bit me, and simultaneously released multiple inner infatuations that I now have for antiquity, ranging from architecture to automobiles."

Shortly after that, John began to teach himself piano throughout his middle school and high school days. He worked up performances of Scott Joplin rags as well as classical pieces. In 2009, John began studies at Pasadena City College & the Neighborhood Music School in Boyle Heights, where he was able to begin formal piano lessons for the first time through the generosity of scholarship donors.

He has since performed at venues around Los Angeles and abroad, including the annual Ragtime festival at The Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, where John plays a pivotal role as head projectionist and pre-show performer, amongst other duties. Additionally, at The Old Town Music Hall, John has for the past several years hosted the Young Ragtime Masters concert series. He has also performed at various Ragtime/Early Jazz Festivals such as the West Coast Ragtime Society Festival, Blind Boone Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival, Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival,Orange County Ragtime Festival, Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, Oakhurst Ragtime Festival, The Rose Leaf Club, The Jonathan Club, The Los Angeles Country Club, Art Share LA, and, most recently, for the Grand Opening of the John William "Blind" Boone Center in Columbia, MO.

John has written fourteen rags, including several collaborations with friends, Vincent Johnson and Reginald Robinson, and is the founder of The Ragtimers' Club on Facebook. It is now the largest online club dedicated to Ragtime music. When John isn't busy with school or work, he enjoys maintaining his 1973 Volkswagen Beetle, collecting antique Ragtime sheet music and phonograph records, dabbling in film photography, and practicing on his recently acquired pride and joy, an upright 1887 Weber piano. After university, he aspires to become a professional educator. 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 more will recognize ragtime as a monumental form in the development of culture and music.

About Ragtime, John says, “Ragtime music is the delightfully infectious beat that lifted African-American people from places of disregard to places of notoriety, among the public view. I really like this music, and it is exhilarating to play. I understand its language. I believe that music is a universal language, different dialects. I feel that Ragtime is the dialect that I understand and am able to convey best. I like when people tell me 'you have a good understanding of this genre; it sounds legit.' That always puts a smile on my face.”

Bio last updated 10/20/2016.

David Thomas Roberts began composing, painting and writing at age eight. His first serious compositions reflect the influence of such composers as Chopin, Satie, Joplin and Ives. He has composed 140 solo piano works, including the major suites Map Dreams and New Orleans Streets, as well as chamber pieces, art songs, choral and electronic works. He recorded five LPs (1978-1985), and has appeared on 20 CDs, many devoted to his own compositions.

DTR has been heard on ABC's "Good Morning America," National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and across Canada on CBC Radio. His eclectic suite New Orleans Streets (1981-1985) was hailed by historian Al Rose in I Remember Jazz as "the single most important contribution to the culture of New Orleans in the past fifty years."

David's concerts feature a variety of Americana and Post-Modernist compositions. Further background on David's work can be found at DavidThomasRoberts.com. His sheet music, CDs, and visual art reproductions are featured on DTRstore.com.

Bio last updated 10/20/2016.

Jack Rummel has pursued the piano as an amateur most of his life. A composer and reviewer, he has hosted the weekly ragtime radio program KGNU's Ragtime America since 1980. He is also founder and co-producer of the annual Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival. He practiced dentistry in Boulder, Colorado, for over 30 years, retiring in 2002. He is a tireless promoter of ragtime music and its performers.

His recording for Stomp Off and his recent CD releases of Brun's Boys and Lone Jack: The Ragtime of Today has also put him in the forefront of ragtime composers now living. He has three published folios of original compositions.

He regularly reviews current ragtime recordings on his website: www.ragtimers.org/reviews. He has performed and/or served as master of ceremonies at festivals in St. Louis and Sedalia, Mo.; Central City, Evergreen and Boulder, Colo.; and the West Coast Ragtime Festivals in both Fresno and Sacramento. He also plays five-string banjo in a bluegrass band.

Bio last updated 5/29/2004.

Sean Sharp is back for his seventh West Coast Ragtime Festival. This year (2016) he will present Dixie Days an illustrated-songs program of Dixie tunes, with Frederick Hodges at the piano. Last month, Sean presented Dixie Days in beautiful New Orleans at a convention of the Magic Lantern Society, in conjunction with Margaret Bergh. He has performed with illustrated songs at previous West Coast Ragtime Festivals, the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, the Shasta Silent Film Festival, and, earlier this year, at the Corte Madera Centennial’s Ragtime Night festivities.

He is an original member of 42nd St. Moon Productions and has appeared in over 20 of that company’s productions. He has impersonated the songwriter/performer Henry Russell at the Dickens Christmas Faire and has performed with the Great Nickelodeon Show at the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Italy, the Telluride Film Festival, the Niles Essanay Film Museum and San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, among other venues.

His other credits include singing in the San Francisco Grace Cathedral Men’s Choir and performing with the Lamplighters and down the coast with the Great American Melodrama.

Bio last updated 9/6/2016.

David Shepard has had a major influence on the archival movement in the United States for the past 40 years. His impact on the field and substantial accomplishments over the last 35 years make him a worthy recipient of the AMIA Silver Light Award.* For those who he has worked with, assisted or mentored, David has been a ready resource and an inspiration. He is always willing to share information or advice, with a calm and friendly manner.

Throughout his career, David has mentored and inspired the archivists of the future. One head of a FIAF member archive said, “we are all the children of David Shepard,” and it is difficult to find someone in the field who he hasn’t helped in one way or another.

David taught cinema for 34 years at such institutions as the University of Southern California (where he was also Director of the Louis B. Mayer Film & Television Study Center), UCLA (where he was honored in 1983 as “the outstanding teacher in performing and integrated arts”), Claremont Mens College, the University of Iowa, The Pennsylvania State University and California State University, Chico. David’s work restoring over 150 early cinema classic films for laserdisc, VHS and DVD release re-established the canon of cinema classics for today’s students. Louis Feuillade’s Les Vampires was named as the best video release of 1998 by The New York Times among many others, while The Art of Buster Keaton was “almost universally regarded as the best video release of 1995” (USA Today).

* AMIA, The Association of Moving Images Archivists. The AMIA web site (http://www.amianet.org/) was the source for this biographical information.

Bio last updated 10/8/2014.

Patrick Skiffington is a native of Sacramento who honed his chops within the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society. He is an alumnus of The New Traditionalists, the educational youth band of the STJS. Originally a bass player; Patrick switched to washboard a few years ago, as it is MUCH easier to carry. He is one half of the comedy and jazz duo The FreeBadge Serenaders (along with Greg Sabin) as well as the anchor of the rhythm section of...read more.
Adam Swanson is rapidly becoming known as one of the world’s foremost performers and historians of ragtime and early American popular music. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano, a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory, and is now working on his Ph.D. in musicology at UC Davis. Although Adam is only 24 years old, he has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest.

He made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of 19, where he performed with Michael Feinstein. Adam has performed at the Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., as well as in Hungary and Switzerland. He has worked with such musicians as Toronto’s John Arpin, former rock star Ian Whitcomb, and legendary 1950s recording artist Johnny Maddox, who is one of Adam’s greatest influences.

Adam performs every summer at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado, where he is musical director of the new Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival. Visit Adam online: www.adamgswanson.com.

Bio last updated 11/6/2016.

Virginia Tichenor has been consumed by ragtime her entire life, as 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...read more.
Stephanie Trick “has come to practically dominate the stride piano field,” notes reviewer Jack Rummel. Harlem stride piano, which developed in the 1920s and '30s, is an orchestral style of two-handed piano playing that not only swings, but is also technically demanding and exciting to watch. Louis Mazetier, a respected interpreter of this genre, writes in the Bulletin of the Hot Club of France that she has “won the esteem of specialists in the genre with wonderful interpretations of stride classics, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Don Lambert (which she learned by ear). She plays these pieces with a punch that is matched by her precise interpretation.”

In the words of the great Dick Hyman, Stephanie is “one of the nicest gifts to arrive on the jazz piano scene in recent times, and we couldn’t be more delighted to welcome her.”

A classically trained pianist, Stephanie began playing piano at the age of 5. During the time between her beginning years and high school, her piano teacher exposed her to early jazz, and the syncopation and swinging rhythm piqued her interest. While in college, it became clear to Stephanie that she wanted to pursue stride and classic jazz styles professionally.

With a swinging approach inspired by second-generation stride pianists such as Dick Hyman, Ralph Sutton, and Dick Wellstood (as well as the original Harlem ticklers, James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion” Smith, and Fats Waller), and one that includes boogie woogie and blues from the late '20s, Stephanie was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Kobe-Breda Jazz Friendship Award, and has performed in many parts of the United States and Europe in a variety of venues, including the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy; the KIG Dixieland Festival in Dresden, Germany; the Arbors Records Invitational Jazz Party; the Rochester International Jazz Festival; the Gilmore Keyboard Festival; and the Sacramento Music Festival. In 2008, 2010, and 2014, she was invited to perform at the international Stride & Swing Piano Summit in Boswil, Switzerland.

A serious student, dedicated to classic jazz and the stride piano tradition, she has played with a number of celebrated musicians, including Dick Hyman, Phil Flanigan, Rossano Sportiello, Allan Vaché, Louis Mazetier, Nicki Parrott, and Danny Coots. Graduating from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society at the University of Chicago.

Stephanie frequently performs with her husband, acclaimed pianist Paolo Alderighi, making fresh arrangements of songs from the Swing Era in a four-hands piano duo, and they currently have recorded five albums together (see www.paoloandstephanie.com). In 2014, they played for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Stephanie also enjoys accompanying Grammy-nominated lyricist and vocalist Lorraine Feather in a show that features the music of James P. Johnson and other stride piano composers, set to original lyrics by Feather (see www.nouveaustride.com).

Stephanie has recorded 10 albums and one DVD. Her solo Live CD was awarded the “New Talent Prize 2011” by the Hot Club of France. (CD track listings, video clips, ordering information, and more may be found on her website at www.stephanietrick.com.)

Bio last updated 11/6/2016.

Youth Performers
Ramona Sidney Baker is 15 years old and has been playing ragtime for four years under Virginia Tichenor, but she has been interested in ragtime for many more years than that. She credits her father, noted jazz musician Clint Baker, as the one who first interested her in this addictive music. Ramona hunts down the oldest examples of recorded Ragtime on cylinders and early disk records. She will be performing some of the rarest pieces at the festival. Read more.
Diego Bustamante is a 17-year-old from Paradise, California, who became interested in ragtime when, as a kid, he heard The Entertainer by Scott Joplin. The ragtime world discovered him at the West Coast Youth Ragtime Competition six years ago. Since then he has appeared at the Sutter Creek, Oakhurst, and West Coast festivals, the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, plus several youth concerts.

As also a classical performer, Diego made his second appearance with the Paradise Symphony performing a movement of a Mozart concerto this past spring.

Diego has been studying piano for 10 years, the last seven with Dr. Robert Bowman. Last year, Diego completed his first CD, Classical and Ragtime, Side-by-Side, available here at the festival.

Besides his solo sets, Diego has ventured into new territory and will be accompanying the silent movie Cops, a short comedy starring Buster Keaton. Check the schedule for time and place.

Bio last updated 10/24/2016.

Michael Chisholm is from Houston, Texas, and has grown up in a musically appreciative family. His first music training was in middle school, where he learned to play the xylophone and marimba. Eventually, he graduated to piano. Michael's first exposure to ragtime was watching JoAnn Castle play on a rerun of the Lawrence Welk Show. From that moment, he knew ragtime was his style of music. Since then, he has composed over 50 rags...read more.
Florian Krüger plays both piano and accordion. He has had 13 years of music education and mainly plays ragtime. Florian is also a ragtime composer and mainly composes classic ragtime. He is an entertainer and performs five nights a week at the Park Hotel in Idar-Oberstein. You can find many of his performances and humorous videos on YouTube. Florian is also broadcaster of his own online radio channel "Joplin-Radio"...more.
Hailing from Hampshire, Illinois is the two-time Junior Champ of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, 15-year-old Daniel Souvigny. He's been playing the piano since the age of 5, and started developing a big passion for ragtime at the age of 9. Daniel has had the honor of performing at the Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Weekend in Muscatine, Iowa, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin Ragtime Festival and the 14th annual....more
Alethea Sung-Miller is 17 years old and resides in Sacramento, California where she is home schooled. Allie loves writing music as well as performing. Though she began in classical music, her good friend Diego Bustamante introduced her to ragtime when she was 11, and she immediately fell in love with it. She also harbors a growing fondness for jazz and has attended and played at the Sacramento Trad Jazz Society meetings.

Allie also manages her own youth music group, The Sacramento Syncopators, with members from Sacramento, the Bay Area, and Chico, as well as performers from as far away as Florida. You can find out more about the group on their website: sacramentosyncopators.wordpress.com.

Besides music, Allie loves writing, and is currently finishing her sixth novel. She is also an accomplished ballerina. Although writing and music are her greatest passions, Allie hopes to go into electrical or biomedical engineering when she grows up.

Bio last updated 10/24/2016.

Oliver Moore, 15 years old, discovered ragtime at age 9. After this discovery, he decided to educate other audiences on ragtime, earning a gold medal at the state level with his 4-H presentation on Scott Joplin. His interest in ragtime was ignited after the West Coast Youth Ragtime Piano Contest last year. He loves playing ragtime and early jazz for audiences.

Oliver regularly volunteers at Enloe Hospital in Chico, Calif., as a pianist for the Music for Healing program. He is hired to entertain at events as a vocal and piano act in the Chico area. Oliver was voted the Best Entertainer at the Glenn County Fair in 2015. His musical interests also include upright bass, vocals, harmonica and saxophone.

His interests in music expand from seriously studying classical music all the way to Jerry Lee Lewis. When he is not playing ragtime music, he is active at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences, where he attends high school in Chico.

Bio last updated 11/6/2016.

Ryan Wishner began playing the piano at the age of 10, and was immediately drawn toward ragtime. He now plays a wider variety of music ranging from the mid-1800’s through the 1930’s. Rather than basing his performances strictly on the printed sheet music, he tries to imitate the style of piano rolls and phonograph records from when the music was popular. Ryan also collects the original sheet music, piano rolls, and records...read more.

Big Mama Sue & Fast Eddie began as a “casuals” duo in 1988 and has continued to this day to enchant general audiences with a mix of Americana, Ragtime, Early Jazz and Blues, and much much more. Although this is their first appearance at a Ragtime Festival, the duo have a wide repertoire of ragtime and ragtime era music which they are excited about presenting. Big Mama Sue (washboard, vocals): is a veteran...read more/
Ivory&Gold®Praised by The L.A. Jazz Scene as a musical duo that can “draw out the beauty in the rich melodies and play the music...with taste, sensitivity, and a real affection for the idiom,” Ivory&Gold® celebrates the greatest examples of American jazz, blues, ragtime, Broadway and hits from the Great American Songbook. Internationally renowned American musical performer and historian Max Morath calls Ivory&Gold® “...read more.
The Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra is a group of 10 musicians dedicated to playing and preserving turn-of-the-century ragtime music. The Ragtimers, organized in 1980 by music teachers from Pacifica and Half Moon Bay, coastal towns south of San Francisco play dance and casual music written between 1885 and 1920.

The band’s repertoire reflects the cares and celebrations of a gentler time. Along with The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag, they play such nostalgic obscurities as Au Revoir but Not Goodby, Soldier Boy, Frenchy Come to Yankeeland, Morning Glory Lane, and Vampire Gallop.

Although the group may be described as a novelty band because it eschews contemporary music, it aims to reproduce faithfully the sounds of the ragtime generation. Many of PCRO’s selections are Scott Joplin tunes, arranged by Gunther Schuller. Most of the musical scores are yellow and crumbling with age, but the orchestra feels that these poignant works deserve to be kept alive.

The orchestra has performed at the 2002 Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, at the 25th anniversary of the Maple Leaf Club in Los Angeles with ragtime greats Wally Rose and Max Morath, the Classic Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, the Monterey Bay Ragtime Festival in Watsonville, and the Santa Cruz Ragtime Festival.

They are regular performers at the Sacramento Music Festival in May and the West Coast Ragtime Festival in November. They have made several recordings.

To contact the orchestra, write:

Michael Hart
603 Farallon Ave.
Pacifica, CA, 94044
or call (650) 355-1731
or email suehorn@pacbell.net

A sub-unit of the Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra, called The Smalltimers, are going to perform at the Hal Isbitz tribute concert at the 2016 festival.

Bio last updated 11/6/2016.

The Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble began about 1983 (not 1909, as they often claim) when Elliott Adams and Petra and Bub Sullivan started playing together as a trio at the Sacramento Ragtime Society sessions to explore harmonies and Elliott's sheet music collection. Over the years the group has expanded to its present size and instrumentation. The Porcupine repertoire ranges from folk rags to tangos, cakewalks, classical...read more.

Ragnolia 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...read more.
Raspberry Jam Band has become part of the music scene in the Sacramento, Sierra Foothills and Bay Area. They have participated in the Ragtime Corner of the Sacramento Music Festival (formerly known as the Jazz Jubilee), the West Coast Ragtime Festival, the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, Music for Humanity, Music on the Divide...read more.

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 Ragtime Society, the Sullivans have been part of the ragtime world for over 20 years.  They have had the rather unique pleasure of being interviewed and performing in China for Shanghai television....read more.

Seminar Presenters 
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Max Morath 
Topic: "Mr. Joplin and Mr. Blake"

Max Morath occupies a unique space as a spokesman for American music and popular culture. He played a key role in the revival of ragtime in the 1970’s with his Off-Broadway show Turn of the Century (1969). Other productions followed until he retired from performing in 2007, having logged over 5000 engagements in the USA and Canada. Read more.
Ramona Sidney Baker 
Topic: "Freddy Hylands: The First Rag-Time Studio Pianist and the Early 'Rag' Craze"

Ramona hunts down the oldest examples of recorded Ragtime on cylinders and early disk records. She will be performing some of the rarest pieces at the festival in addition to presenting her seminar. Read more.
Richard Dowling 
Topic: "But I Could Play It at Home! - Memorization Techniques at the Piano"

Richard appears regularly throughout the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music festivals, ragtime & jazz festivals, and as guest soloist with orchestras. Career highlights include concerts in New York at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, and a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs recognizing his outstanding performances of American music. Read more.
Andrew Greene 
Topic: "Sissle & Blake’s Shuffle Along: A Musical Treasure"

Andrew has appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress, The American Film Institute, and has traveled across the United States to perform, conduct, and lecture on the music of America’s past. Read more.
Jack Rummel  
Topic: "Country Ragtime"

A composer and reviewer, Jack has hosted the weekly ragtime radio program KGNU's Ragtime America since 1980. He is also founder and co-producer of the annual Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival. He practiced dentistry in Boulder, Colorado for over 30 years, retiring in 2002. He is a tireless promoter of ragtime music and its performers. Read more. 

Dance Instructors - Check back for dance instruction schedule.
Bruce Mitchell. Head Dance Instructor Bruce Mitchell returns to the West Coast Ragtime Festival. His career began in the 1950s and spans all types of dance, with an emphasis on vintage and folk dancing. Bruce is director of the Camtia Dance Ensemble, specializing in German dance, which has danced all over the Western United States, for nearly half a century. He is director of the annual Stockton Folk Dance Camp, and is President Elect of the...read more.
Richard "Rich" Duree, new to Sacramento in 1960, worked for the Department of Justice. A colleague invited him to go to a dance concert on a Sunday afternoon at the Memorial Auditorium. They were late, and the first thing he saw when they entered was a performance of the Ukrainian Hopak. It took his breath away because he knew that these were not professional dancers and that he could do that, too! Richard became "hooked. He'd been active ..read more.
Stan Isaacs is a vintage dance and folk dance leader and teacher in the San Francisco Bay area. Stan began teaching folk dance around 1958 while attending Antioch College in Ohio. In the mid-1980s, he discovered Vintage Dancing when he sponsored a workshop with Richard Powers at his folk dance group. Stan arrived in the Bay Area in 1964, and soon began teaching at the UC Berkeley folk dance club, but he also danced in San Francisco, Menlo Park...read more.
Piano Accompanists
Stanley Stern has been playing music for the dance instruction at the Sacramento Ragtime Festival for the past ten years. He often plays with a piano partner but for the 2015 Ragtime Show he will be playing with Mario Ojeda. Mario is a senior music student of violin at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Mario’s master violin teacher is Paul Severtson, the concert Master of the SLO Symphony Orchestra. He recommended Mario to Stanley for performances...read more.
Mario Ojeda, born in Chula Vista, California started playing the violin at 12 years of age. He learned much of the classical symphonic pieces quickly and soon was asked to join several noted performing groups in this area. These include Opera San Luis Obispo, Symphony of the Vines, SLO Symphony Orchestra, Santa Maria Philharmonic, Cuesta Master Chorale. His teacher, Paul Severtson introduced him to Stanley Stern, who introduced him to Ragtime music...more.
Special Presentation
Sean Sharp (vocals) and Frederick Hodges (piano) present Dixie Days: Song Slides of the Sunny South, a unique and completely new program of illustrated songs from the ragtime era, all celebrating the American South. Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the period rhapsodized about life in the South, creating an idyllic vision of Dixie that helped to reinforce a “moonlight and magnolias” myth that persisted for decades in the minds of millions. Lantern-slide manufacturers of song slides further helped the popularization of this myth by adding a visual element to the mix, enhancing the song products with beautifully hand-colored, live-model slides. Come join us as we take you south of the Mason-Dixon line and regale you with a sunny mix of Dixie-inspired tunes. All slides are from the Marnan Collection. Introduction by Max Morath.

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