A Short Story

In the 1960's all of my combo members lived in Brooklyn. We traveled in one car to Ridgewood Queens. We were playing either at the Ridgewood Rathskeller or the Ridgewood Terrace, a few nights each week. We always took a shortcut thru Eastern Parkway. (It looked like the city of Berlin after a bombing.) Along the way we would pass a small night club / bar. The sign outside boasted:
"Tonight Featuring The Composer Of "I'm Just Wild About Harry" on the piano".
One morning, on the way home, we decided to stop in and listen for a while. Oh! my (Gosh) could this guy play! He looked to be 105 at the very least. We then made it a practice to stop in at least twice a week and hear some great Ragtime piano. Eubie had been working at this rat hole of a bar for perhaps 6 nights a week for maybe the last ten years.

Ragtime Returns

"THE STING" featuring the music of Scott Joplin

Then in 1970, LP's were issued on which rags were played by such "legitimate" pianists as Joshua Rifkin and William Bolcolm. Ragtime is a "chord" rediscovered ... and for some reason, it has found its preservation capital in Los Angeles ... especially at the numerous Shakey's Pizza Parlors, where ragtime pianists spend hours playing requests for the oldtime music. Ragtime music clubs have sprung up with membership rosters resembling the Hall of Fame. Eighty-eight year-old ragtime pianist, Eubie Blake, Jimmy Durante, and musicians all over the world have restored the ecological balance to a totally American musical form that had almost died out.

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Eubie Blake's Dictys On 7th Avenue midi

Back To The Bar or Out To Main Lobby?