Peoria 2010 Old-Time Piano Weekend
June 20, 2010 8:28 AM   Subscribe

Performances [MLYT] from the 2010 Old-Time Piano Championship in Peoria. Featuring early March, Cakewalk, Ragtime, Boogie, Stride, Blues, Novelty, Jazz, Classical, and popular song styles from before 1930.
posted by gman (13 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Argh. Don't attempt to use your back button after clicking a link on that "2010 Old-Time Piano Championship" tripod site.
posted by gman at 8:38 AM on June 20, 2010


Thanks for posting this!
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:59 AM on June 20, 2010


Thanks for this! Usually ragtime annoys me, but these guys are good. I haven't watched them all, but Martin Spitznagel should totally win for his Pork and Beans. He actually seems to care about dynamics and phrasing, rather than just banging it out mechanically, which is my main irritation with most (amateur) ragtime players I've seen.
posted by ctmf at 9:08 AM on June 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Must see: Woman plays "The Entertainer" from underneath the piano. Mad props for that.
posted by mcarlson85 at 9:27 AM on June 20, 2010


Link mcarlson85?

Adam Swanson was the winner, and he pretty much rocks. I wandered link to link following his playing and there's some crazy stuff in there, including a 4-handed version of Chopsticks, unplanned and unrehearsed.
posted by Doohickie at 10:03 AM on June 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


These people are an embarrassment to my race.
posted by kozad at 10:06 AM on June 20, 2010


Nevermind... I found her.
posted by Doohickie at 10:06 AM on June 20, 2010


Someday I'll go to this great event. In the meantime, tell me, when playing a Joplin rag, should one move the right hand repeat to the upper keys? I'm told this is vulgar, yet while it doesn't appear on Joplin's sheet music, he does do it on his piano rolls.
posted by Faze at 12:35 PM on June 20, 2010


These people are an embarrassment to my race.

Ok, I'll bite. I have no idea what you are talking about.
posted by IndigoJones at 1:56 PM on June 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is surprisingly great - thanks for posting it!
posted by smartyboots at 2:28 PM on June 20, 2010


i wish't i was in peoria
posted by Hammond Rye at 3:33 PM on June 20, 2010


I'm not the world's biggest ragtime fan, but within that genre I've always found Jelly Roll Morton's stuff to be the most entertainingly adventurous. This player, interpreting jelly Roll, has a great sense of whimsy and rhythmic verve.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:18 PM on June 20, 2010


BTW, anyone into ragtime piano should definitely hear the wonderful Skip James, who had a delightfully playful and very free style. His rag-influenced piano blues are a real joy to hear. Check out his 22-20 Blues.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:23 PM on June 20, 2010


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