EXCLUSIVE! Raggin’ at Greenfield Village CD
-- performed by Raisin River Ragtime Revue
Have you any loose video footage that that is lacking sound? Put your photos and videos to good use and create a Powerpoint program that rivals the silent movies of the 1920’s. Here you have that same great music to give your creation that light-hearted edge…or invite couples over for a Ragtime themed party with original score.
Raggin’ at Greenfield Village highlights music performed at Greenfield Village’s annual Ragtime Street Fair by Raisin River Ragtime Review. It contains some of our nation’s most important early popular music. The recording not only features music of notable ragtime and early jazz pioneers like Scott Joplin, Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton, Thomas “Fats” Waller and Louis Armstrong, but also presents never-before-recorded music of important, lesser-known historical figures, 21 recordings in all. Ragtime aficionados will love “Virginia Diggins,” an early work by Wilbur C. Sweatman, considered the first African American to record jazz. Listeners will experience the actual transition of ragtime to jazz when they hear Morton’s “Original Jelly Roll Blues,” written in 1915 and considered the first published jazz composition. Classic ragtime fans will love Scott Joplin’s “Gladiolus Rag,” and the hauntingly beautiful “Heliotrope Bouquet,” by Joplin and Louis Chauvin. History buffs can follow along with extensive liner notes written by William Pemberton, R4’s executive director.