Renowned pianist-composer, ragtime pioneer, and raconteur Eubie Blake was 91 years old at the time of this Great American Music Hall. Eubie Blake: So one day I was playing my mother’d gone out to work, see and what she was Look now, the “Charleston Rag,” you take the “Charleston Rag.”. Charleston rag /​ Eubie Blake ; arr. by Gunther Schuller. Uniform Title. Charleston rag; arr. Creator. Blake, Eubie, Other Creators. Schuller, Gunther.

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Marion saw to every detail of Eubie’s professional life, carefully bringing him once again to national prominence.

She really made you stop. Already a fully developed style is exhibited with the presence of a very characteristic “wobbly” bass line. Louis, Nascimben had already completed several arrangements of Blake’s music. These include ejbie recordings of American music, an all-Bach album, an all-Eubie Blake disc, a collaboration with Lukas Foss and a recent jazz recording. Now I’ve been playing.

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And yet, in spite of his advanced age, he was still very much in command of his prodigious two-handed facility on the keyboard and still possessed a penchant for colorful storytelling that charmed audiences. Share Tweet Submit Pin.

Sounds of Africa (Charleston Rag), Eubie Blake

His first legit job came inplaying piano at the Gans Goldfield Hotel. Boy, sometimes I’d make seven and eight, ten dollars, see? Click on this photo to enlarge the review.: Eubie was the first black composer to find acceptance and success on Broadway and he certainly must be ranked among the finest writers of American popular song.


Charleston Rag is an example of Eubie’s classic Ragtime style. Blake was reported to have said this on his birthday in[16] but it has been attributed to others, including Adolph ZukorMae Westand Mickey Mantle. The New York Times. Eubie used a tune Tom used to whistle as the basis for the second strain.

Ladies and Gentlemen, that’s Ragtime! Views Read Edit View history. And I got a pair of long pants to put on, you see, because I can’t go in this house with short pants on, see. Blake has said, “These boys of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet are charlestoj musicians and they play my music just the way I meant it to be played.

‎Charleston Rag (Remastered) – Single by Eubie Blake on Apple Music

I have never changed my style of playing in my life, see. Louis, Missouri, and invited the Quartet to participate in “Ragtime The Amherst Saxophone Quartet was formed in January as a classical ensemble for the purpose of performing the literature written for soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone. April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Composer Biography Eubie Blake. Home This editionEnglish, Printed music edition: As well as being an educator, he is active in conducting and arranging.

It is a fact that Eubie is much better known today than he was 35 years ago. Jazzpopularragtime. It wasn’t, it wasn’t art, see. New York Amsterdam News. Miller and Aubrey Lyles. In his later years, his willingness to travel, his ability to clearly recall events and people from 60 to 90 years before, and his openness and frankness not to mention his keyboard facility made him a national institution.


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cyarleston Retrieved December 5, Performing unaccompanied renditions of some of his most famous rags and other compositions originally written for musical theater productions on Glake in the ’30s, Blake won blakee this GAMH crowd with his old school pizzazz. When Blake was seven, he received music lessons from a neighbor, Margaret Marshall, an organist for the Methodist church. They are a local treasure that often gets ignored when gold medals and Super Bowl talk is bandied about.

She says, “What time? Then I went down on what they call the line: He saves his most famous tune, “Memories of You” originally written for Lew Leslie’s Blackirds of and popularized by the Benny Goodman Orchestra for last. Blake, Eubie was as much as 20 years older than most of the other early jazz and ragtime musicians who composed and recorded their creations on 78s and piano rolls in the early years of this century.