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Be a part of the 4th Annual Durango Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival March 18- 20, 2016, in Durango, Colorado. World-renowned performers will be Swingin' It Up at the historic Strater Hotel for three entertaining days filled with live music, silent film comedies, dance lessons, after hours parties, and more! Buy Your Ragtime Festival Tickets Here

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We are looking forward to our fourth annual Durango Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival set for March 18 – 20, 2016. Please check back soon for more information on tickets, packages, and entertainers. In the meantime, keep the ragtime playing!

We are currently scheduling our 2016 entertainers. Below are some of your favorites that are returning to bring the sounds of ragtime and early jazz to 2016 Festival.


Adam Swanson at Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz FestivalAdam Swanson, Festival Music Director is rapidly becoming known as one of the world’s foremost performers and historians of ragtime and early American popular music. He recently received his B.A. in Classical Piano Performance from Fort Lewis College and is now beginning his studies as a musicology student at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Although he is only twenty-three years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the youngest three-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. He made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen where he performed with multi-platinum-selling artist 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, and 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. His recordings have been used on the CBC TV show Murdoch Mysteries.

Danny Coots at the Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz FestivalDanny Coots started playing drums in 1964 at the age of six in northern New York. From that time he has studied with Nick Baffaro, Rich Holly, Alan Koffman, and Jim Peteresak in percussion. Danny continued his education at Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University. He became adjunct faculty at St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and Potsdam State University from the mid-1970s into the 1990s, while traveling and performing with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis, Will Alger, Spiegle Willcox, Mimi Hines, Phil Ford, Bob Darch, and Pearl Kaufman. In 1995, Danny moved to make his home in Nashville, Tennessee. There he joined the Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band for five years and helped to found the Titan Hot Seven. At the same time, he played and recorded with such artists as Randy Reinhart, John Sheridan, Neville Dickie, Bob Shultz, Ken Peplowski, Dan Barrett, Allen Vache, Vince Giordano, and Rebecca Kilgore. Danny has recorded extensively in Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles on over seventy recordings, including the 2005 Grammy-winning compilation Beautiful Dreamer—The Songs of Stephen Foster. He has performed throughout the world, having appeared in ninety countries.

Brian Holland | Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz FestivalBrian Holland is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, recording artist, and entertainer who has enjoyed a music career spanning more than 35 years. 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, most recently in 2014. Brian has traveled the world performing his creative styles of jazz, ragtime, stride, boogie, and blues, and played with some of the hottest jazz bands in the United States; Titan Hot Seven, Wally's Warehouse Waifs, the Holland Rhythm Company, and others. 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 thirteen recordings (solo and ensemble) to his credit, and garnered a Grammy nomination for his work with Bud Dresser on their album, "Ragtime - Goodtime - Jazz".