Saturday, May 30, 2009

Taslimah Bey Performs at Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival June 3-7, Sedalia, MO

[Taslimah Bey – Live!; Ragtime Legacy 634479304934; © 2001 Taslimah Bey; Taslimah Bey is a return performer at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia June 3-7, 2009]

Missouri June 3-7 -- Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia. Ragtime entertainers from around the world perform.  Dance lessons, a parade, dinners, shows and concerts.  660-826-2271”

Performers profiled at the Foundation website include Taslimah P. Bey: “In addition to performing ragtime, Taslimah has Bachelor’s of Music and teaches at Law Academy in Detroit. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Music Education from Oakland University.”

In the liner notes for her CD, Taslimah Bey – Live!, released on Ragtime Legacy in 2001, Taslimah writes: “I began researching ragtime in 1983, in an effort to learn about African-American composers in the early 20th century. The music was so exciting, so rich, and so representative of the double-consciousness of Africans in America, that I became determined to bring it to the attention of the public. In 1985, I presented the 'Ragtime Legacy,' a lecture/concert on the compositions of early ragtime composers, including Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Artie Matthews, Eubie Blake and James P. Johnson. In 1986, I formed 'Taslimah’s Ragtime Band,' which featured my band arrangements of ragtime pieces by these composers.” [Scott Joplin and James P. Johnson are profiled at]

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