Tuesday, May 5, 2020

BroadwayWorld.com: VIDEO: The Chamber Music Society of Detroit Presents Pianist Aaron Diehl

Broadway World

May 4, 2020

The Chamber Music Society of Detroit takes a deep dive into early 20th-century ragtime and jazz with multi-faceted pianist Aaron Diehl. Equally at home with classical music and jazz, Diehl performs a program of rags by Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake, show tunes, light classics, and music of Harlem Stride masters James P. Johnson, Thomas "Fats" Waller and Willie "the Lion" Smith.

With its "striding" oom-pah left hand, Harlem Stride became the rage in 1920's New York as the ragtime of Scott Joplin and his contemporaries was transformed into jazz with a new improvisatory freedom, swinging, energized rhythms and virtuoso pianism.

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