From Ragtime to Rhapsody
Adam Swanson, the only four-time World Champion Old-Time Piano Player, presents a concert featuring many kinds of vintage popular music, from ragtime of the early 1900s to related styles of jazz in the 1920s, boogie woogie, and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Swanson illuminates each selection with entertaining historical commentary. Don't miss the opportunity to hear one of the few professional pianists performing these styles today.
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA
$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188
Adam Swanson is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Although he is only twenty-five years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. He made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with Michael Feinstein. Adam has performed at the Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as in Hungary and Switzerland. He has worked with such musicians as Toronto’s John Arpin, former rock star Ian Whitcomb, and legendary 1950s recording artist Johnny Maddox, who is one of Adam’s greatest influences. Adam performs every summer at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado, where he is musical director of the new Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival. His CDs are available at cdbaby.com. Visit Adam online at adamgswanson.com.