Remember this one? There were an awful lot of them around in the 1970’s ragtime revival. The LP was issued in November 1970 on the Nonesuch label. It was nominated in 1971 for two Grammys, and was picked up by Marvin Hamlisch for George Roy Hill’s film of The Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman in 1973. Then followed up by Volume II in 1974, the yellow one. It was Nonesuch’s first million-seller. Where’s your’s?
Mark the date of Saturday 25th January 2014. A couple of months before his seventieth birthday, the New York-born, Boston-based keyboard scholar Joshua Rifkin will play the Scott Joplin rags for which he is most famous, solo, at the Wigmore Hall, starting 10pm.
This is a bit of a false trail, sorry, because booking for that one doesn’t actually open till September, but the first part of the series containing it, the Nash Ensemble’s American Series is now out there.
The Nash Series also includes an evening with Claire Martin and Joe Stilgoe, they’re doing an I Love Paris show (also a Saturday late night, on Dec 7th). And Richard Hosford (is there a better classical clarinet player in Europe?) plays in Bartok’s Contrasts, commissioned by Benny Goodman in 1938, on Nov 9th.
The Wigmore also have its Joshua Redman Jazz Series, kicking of on Sep 20th.
Plus Carla Bley with Steve Swallow and Andy Sheppard on Nov 24th in the London Jazz Festival