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A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City
Director: Milos Forman
James Cagney - New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
Howard E. Rollins Jr. - Coalhouse Walker Jr.
Brad Dourif - Younger Brother
Elizabeth McGovern - Evelyn Nesbit
Debbie Allen - Sarah
Robert Joy - Henry Thaw
Norman Mailer - Stanford White
James Olson - Father
Mary Steenburgen - Mother
October 4, 1927 - John William “Blind” Boone, pianist and ragtime music composer, died. Boone was born May 17, 1864 near Miami, Missouri. When he was six months old, doctors removed his eyes in an attempt to cure his brain fever. Boone’s musical talents were recognized early and in 1872 he was sent to the St. Louis School for the Blind to study piano. In 1880, his professional career was launched after he played in a concert with the famous pianist, Blind Tom. After that, Boone played thousands of concerts in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. During his lifetime, Boone was a committed philanthropist who supported local causes and opened his home to the community. He donated generously to several churches and gave his time and talent to local youth. Boone’s home in Columbia, Missouri is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. The John William Boone Heritage Foundation was founded to preserve the history of Blind Boone and Blind Boone Park in Warrensburg, Missouri is named in his honor. His biography, “Blind Boone: Missouri’s Ragtime Pioneer,” was published in 1998.
Ragtime, Scott Joplin reaching back into our History!
Our American modern experience and music has been made on a rich and long track back from everything we listen to today.
ACC in its next Spring episodes can be heard in these Essays of Notes, music and culture programs. We will share perspectives on the music of the past that has brought us though until today.
This week, Ragtime Music, and Scott Joplin. This music provided us with most of the elements we understand to be the roots of current popular music culture. today. WE hope you enjoy!
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Three-time Tony Awards winner Hinton Battle is recognized as one of Broadway’s most respected musical stars. He began his career on stage at the age of 15, as the Scarecrow in the Broadway production of The Wiz.
He has since gone on to build an impressive portfolio of work, dazzling audiences across the country and around the world for over three decades, starring in some of the most memorable musicals ever, including Dancin, Dreamgirls, Sophisticated Ladies, Chicago (Billy Flynn), Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker Jr.), Miss Saigon and The Tap Dance Kid.
He is the recipient of numerous awards honoring his versatility as an entertainer, among them the NAACP Image Awards, Midtown International Theatre Festival Award, Fred Astaire Awards, Ira Aldridge Awards, the Choreographer Media Honors, Planet Connection Award, the 2012 Champion of the Arts Award from Big Boi’s“Antwan Patten” Big Kidz Foundation, and the Amas 2014 Rosie Award for lifetime achievement in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in theatrical arts. Hinton has easily crossed from stage to television and film.
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Sam Beman is an Alabama-based Actor/Comedian/Talk Show Host. His acting (theatre) credits include The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Annie, Macbeth, Singing in the Rain, A funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Camelot, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ragtime, Seussical the Musical, Guys and Dolls, Member of the Wedding, Footloose, Inherit the Wind, Oklahoma, Damn Yankees, 9 to 5 the Musical, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and A Christmas Carol. His film acting credits include -The Way Home (2010, starring Dean Cain); -Beyond the Mask (2012, starring John Rhys-Davies); -Hamlet's Ghost (2012, independent); and -The Homesman (2013, Tommy Lee Jones).
His talk show, Light Talk With Sam Beman, out of Phenix City, AL, is a Christian comedic talk show, featuring
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My guest on Friday, Feb. 28 is author Eric Bronson. Eric will be stopping by on his VBT cafe book tour to chat with me about his new book, King of Rags, about the birth of ragtime music.
About the book:
When music publisher John Stark first heard Scott Joplin play his piano, he knew that ragtime was the music of hope for a new America.
But Joplin would never be content with popularity and fame. Joplin committed himself to racial justice in the early 1900s. He was inspired by Booker T. Washington and the Dahomeyan defeat in West Africa. But due to this earnest pursuit, he was ignored by the masses for writing the music of Civil Rights fifty years before America was ready to listen.
King of Rags, by Professor Eric Bronson, is a historical fiction account of the quest for racial equality at the turn of the 20th Century. Dr. Bronson takes a fresh and invigorating look at the tragic life of Scott Joplin and his fellow ragtime musicians as they frantically transformed the seedy and segregated underbelly of comedians, conmen and prostitutes who called America’s most vibrant cities home.
About the author:
Eric Bronson is a visiting professor in the Humanities Department at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy (2011), Poker and Philosophy (2006), Baseball and Philosophy (2004), and co-editor of The Hobbit and Philosophy (2012), and The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy (2003). He was producer and co-editor for the film, My Lazy White Friends, winning Best Documentary awards at the Hermosa Beach Film Festival, Atlantic City Film Festival, Newport Beach International Film Festival, Saguaro Film Festival and an Audience Award winner at the Brooklyn Film Festival.
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Award-winning actress Montego Glover is currently recurring on the hit Fox show “The Following,” as well as “Hostages” (CBS). Glover last starred on Broadway as Felicia Farrell in the Broadway musical, “Memphis” (Tony winner Best Musical) for which she received a Tony Award Nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical as well as a Drama League Nomination and won both the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for her performance.
A graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Music Theater, Ms. Glover made her Broadway debut in the roles of Celie and Nettie in “The Color Purple.” She has been privileged to travel around the country performing at the Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle’s 5th Ave Theatre, The Huntington Theater and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, among many others. Favorite roles include Sarah in “Ragtime,” Lorrell in “Dreamgirls,” Hermia in “A Midsummer's Night Dream,” Aida in “Aida,” for which she won an IRNE Award for Best Actress in a Musical and TiMoune in “Once on this Island,” for which she received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination. Ms. Glover has also enjoyed concert work around the country and in New York. Her credits include: the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the prestigious Smith Center in Las Vegas. She has appeared on television in: “The Following,” “Hostages,” “Smash,” “Golden Boy,” “The Good Wife,” “Hostages,” “NYC 22,” “Law and Order,” and “Made in Jersey.” Commercial Campaigns include: Charmin, Subway, Verizon, Wishbone, Nickelodeon and McDonald’s.
Oscar Williams Jr. is a classically trained pianist with a degree for the University of MO - St. Louis and currently obtaining his Master in Music Composition from the Southern Methodist University. He has served in several roles of the music industry as music director, conductor or song writer for such organizations as: St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Unity Ensemble, Saint Louis University Theater Department, Golden Gospel Singers of Harlem, NY, Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters and many others.
As a well accomplished and decorated pianist with styles ranging from Classical music, Jazz, Gospel, Ragtime and Broadway, he holds many prestigious awards and honors and has performed before vast audiences including Pope John Paul II, performances at the White House and continuous demand performances in Europe. He has toured extensively throughout Jamaica, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France and Austria performing his own music and also serving as vocal coach and contractor for European pop singer Elisa. He has shared the stage with such artist as; Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, Lauren Hill, Kirk Franklin, Richard Smallwood, Clifton Davis and many more.
Oscar Williams was selected as 1 of 10 bands from around the country to serve in a program called Rhythm Road, a program sponsored by the US States Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center. This program is designed to send the best musicians over as representatives of American-based music, to teach, perform and promote their genre while also helping US relationships with these countries. This tour took him to Cyprus, Lebanon, Poland and Romania performing for the US Embassies and the Ambassadors and also master classes and ecumenical services. Oscar will also be giving concerts at the National Geographic Center in Washington, DC.
We welcome this incredibly talented national recording artist to the NiACOM Platform, "Expressions".
In Dahomey marked an important milestone in the evolution of the American musical comedy. Its composer Will Marion Cook combined the "high operetta style" he had studied with the relatively new form of ragtime in the finale "The Czar of Dixie." According to John Graziano, author of Black Theatre USA, it was "the first African American show.The score made use of the "high operetta style" studied by hj that synthesized successfully the various genres of American musical theatre popular at the beginning of the twentieth century—minstrelsy, vaudeville, comic opera, and musical comedy."
Significantly, the New York Theater production of In Dahomey marked the first full-length African American musical to be staged in an indoor venue on Broadway (following the earlier success of Clorindy in a rooftop setting). During its four-year tour, In Dahomey proved one of the most successful musical comedies of its era. The show helped make its composer, lyricist and leading performers household names. In Dahomey was the first black musical to have its score published (albeit in the UK, not the US).
King of Rags - Book Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Neverland Publishing
Release Date: May, 2013
King of Rags follows the life of Scott Joplin and his fellow ragtime musicians as they frantically transform the seedy and segregated underbelly of comedians, conmen and prostitutes who called America’s most vibrant cities home. Inspired by Booker T. Washington and the Dahomeyan defeat in West Africa, Joplin was ignored by the masses for writing the music of Civil Rights fifty years before America was ready to listen.
Eric Bronson teaches philosophy in the Humanities Department at York University in Toronto. He is the editor of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), Poker and Philosophy (Open Court, 2006), Baseball and Philosophy (Open Court, 2004), and co-editor of The Hobbit and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy (Open Court, 2003). In 2007 he served as the "Soul Trainer" for the CBC radio morning show, "Sounds Like Canada." His current project is a book called The Dice Shooters, based loosely on his experiences dealing craps in Las Vegas.