Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival


Be a part of the 3rd Annual Durango Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival March 20- 22, 2015, 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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2014 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
All venues, shows, and music subject to change.

Friday, March 14, 2014

10:30 a.m., Pullman Room
“A History of Boogie Woogie”
Symposium with Bob Seeley

Bob Seeley, one of the world's foremost boogie woogie pianists, presents a history of "America's
Forgotten Music," including live demonstration at the piano. Mr. Seeley will cover the beginnings of the
music, its structure, promoters, key players, and more. An added bonus to this special presentation will
be Bob's memories of his personal friendship with one of the original boogie woogie pianists, Meade
"Lux" Lewis. Today, boogie woogie piano is enjoying a world-wide revival, especially in Europe, where
Bob often performs.

11:30 a.m., Oak Room
30 Minute Sessions
11:30 a.m. Domingo Mancuello
12:00 p.m. Lacey Black
12:30 p.m. Frank LiVolsi

11:30 a.m., Location TBD
Lunch Break
Menu TBD

1:30 p.m., Henry Strater Theatre
Silent Film Comedies
With Adam Swanson and Bill Edwards, piano

Adam Swanson will play for two short films of Baby Peggy, 1920s child star, who is known today as
respected historian and author Diana Serra Cary. Following will be Bill Edwards with two comedies
starring Charley Bowers and Buster Keaton.

Carmen, Jr. (Century Films, 1923)
Peg o' the Mounted (Century Films, 1924)
Now You Tell One (Bowers/Whirlwind Comedies, 1926)
The Goat (Keaton/Joseph M. Schenck Productions, 1921)

3:00 p.m., Henry Strater Theatre
"Robbin's Ragtime Revelry: An Afternoon of Vaudeville Fun"
This show features syncopated hijinx, hilarious hokum, and magical merriment—all presided over by
that master of mirth and mystery, Todd Robbins.
All musicians from the festival will be included as well: Danny Coots, Bill Edwards, Frederick Hodges,
Max Keenlyside, Bob Seeley, and Adam Swanson.

5:30 p.m.
Dinner Break

7:30 p.m., Henry Strater Theatre
"A Ragtime Review"
Featuring Danny Coots, Bill Edwards, Frederick Hodges, Max Keenlyside, Bob Seeley, and Adam Swanson.

Friday night's concert is "A Ragtime Review," giving newcomers and others a complete sample of the
different types of music they will hear throughout the weekend.

9:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon
After Hours Party

Saturday, March 15, 2014

10:30 a.m., Pullman Room
"So the Story Goes..."
Symposium with Todd Robbins

"So the Story Goes..." is Todd Robbins's entertaining talk that tells the wonderful stories behind some of the great
songs of the past. How did "Dill Pickles Rag" get its name? Why did Fats Waller throw a radio
out of a window? How are the US Customs Agency and the song "A Bicycle Built for Two" connected?
Why is it a good thing that Irving Berlin never threw anything away? All these questions and more will be
answered in this hour-long lecture/demonstration on the origin of some of Tin Pan Alley's biggest hits.
And why was it called Tin Pan Alley? Find out when Todd Robbins presents "So the Story Goes..."

11:30 a.m., Oak Room
30 Minute Sessions
11:30 a.m. Frank LiVolsi
12:00 p.m. Lacey Black
12:30 p.m. Domingo Mancuello

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Location TBD
Lunch Break
Menu TBD

1:30 p.m., Henry Strater Theatre
Feature-Length Silent Movie The General
Frederick Hodges, piano

Frederick Hodges accompanies Buster Keaton's masterpiece, The General (Keaton/United Artists, 1926).
Keaton plays young lover Johnnie Gray, who is smitten with his train and girl Annabelle Lee. Loosely based
on the "Great Locomotive Chase" of the Civil War, most of The General was filmed around Cottage Grove,
Oregon. Keaton filmed many incredible, real-life stunts on the Oregon, Pacific, and Eastern Railroad,
including the famous destruction of the "Texas" locomotive.

3:30 p.m., Henry Strater Theatre
“Carolina Shout”
Danny Coots, Bill Edwards, Max Keenlyside, and Adam Swanson

Performance includes stride piano, blues, stomps, and more including duets with Adam and Max.

5:30 p.m.
Dinner Break

7:30 p.m., Henry Strater Theatre
"From Ragtime to Rhapsody"
Title TBD
Bob Seely, Frederick Hodges, and Adam Swanson

In the first half of "From Ragtime to Rhapsody," we will spotlight boogie woogie piano legend Bob Seeley, who,
at eighty-five years of age, is not only an amazingly energetic pianist but a living link to the great early jazz musicians.
Don't miss Frederick Hodges's beautiful fantasies on the music from Show Boat and The Wizard of Oz, and
Adam Swanson's presentation of James P. Johnson's "Yamekraw Rhapsody."

9:30 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon
After Hours Party

Sunday, March 16, 2014

9:30 a.m., Diamond Belle Saloon
Farewell Brunch
Impromptu Performances