Celebrate St. Louis's Piano Heritage!
SUNDAY JUNE 4th - THE SEDALIA AFTERGLOW PARTY
2:00pm - 6:00pm
The Scott Joplin House
Free Event !!!
Held at the historic Scott Joplin House, this free event is a sort-of “after party” for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, which wraps in Sedalia, MO the night before. Many of those performers will head here, and there will be a great mix of local and internationally pianists casually sharing the 2 pianos throughout the afternoon. Fun for the whole family! For more info:
In 1897, St. Louis pianist Tom Turpin published The Harlem Rag, one of the earliest ragtime compositions. St. Louis was an early hotbed for ragtime, and can make serious claims for origins. Scott Joplin lived and worked here in the early 1900s. The tradition continued, and at the heart of it all, was local pianist Trebor Tichenor (1940-2014). A scholar, collector, researcher, radio DJ, and composer, Trebor was St. Louis’s great ragtime ambassador and we honor his legacy with this concert.
The event features 4 wonderful, world-class ragtime pianists, including members of Trebor’s family. We’re thrilled that his daughter, Virginia Tichenor, will be performing, as will her husband, Marty Eggers. Though the two currently live and work in Oakland, CA, they are, in many ways, our own hometown players. Also performing will be Trebor’s longtime friend, Terry Parrish (Indianapolis, IN) and rising ragtime star, John Reed-Torres (Los Angeles, CA).
Similar to the inaugural festival, the main concert will feature an eclectic, but blues focused, line-up. St. Louis has always been a piano town, and nowhere is this more evident than in our blues tradition. In the 1920s and 30s, the majority of blues coming out of our city was piano-based, producing top-selling artists such as Roosevelt Sykes, Peetie Wheatstraw, and Walter Davis. The tradition continued, with pianists such as Johnnie Johnson, James Crutchfield, Henry Townsend, and Silvercloud.
Few cities can claim such a rich piano blues heritage, and this is reflected in our knowledgable and passionate local fan base. This event is sure to be a treat for them!
• SILVERCLOUD (St. Louis, MO) - A rare performance from the local legend himself! The now-retired bluesmen has been performing in St. Louis since the 1950s.
• CARL SONNY LEYLAND (Cuyama,CA) - Inducted into the Boogie-Woogie Hall of Fame, Sonny is internationally recognized as one of the foremost boogie-woogie pianists in the world.
• GENE TAYLOR (Austin, TX) - Veteran bluesmen and boogie-woogie hall-of-famer, Gene Taylor was a member of Canned Heat and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
• ETHAN LEINWAND (St. Louis, MO) - Local pianist specializing in barrelhouse blues, including the old St. Louis style, Ethan is beginning to gain national and international recognition as a leading exponent of early piano blues.
• CHRISTOPHER PARISH (Indianapolis, IN) - The Piano Festival is happy to introduce this new-comer! A truly gifted pianist with a one-of-kind style, his virtuosity and breadth of styles will delight the audience.