Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday Jazz Performance - Terry Waldo Plays "12th Street Rag" and "Proctology"

Today for the Saturday Jazz Performance we have a two for one post! The first Saturday of the month is reserved for piano performances. Here we look at the much accomplished pianist Terry Waldo.

Terry Waldo was born in Ohio in 1944 and began studying classical piano at around the age of eight. He quickly changed direction and fell in love with jazz and ragtime.

He specializes in playing ragtime and early jazz, but he is also a composer, arranger and author. Waldo wrote the book This Is Ragtime and has  composed music for such productions as Storyville: The Naked Dance, Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson and The Tonight Show. He has recorded many CDs which are available at his website.

Here he performs at the piano in 2006. It's not known whether Proctology is a lament or a celebration, but, it is one of Waldo's  many compositions.

In this next video Waldo plays this classic piece 12th Street Rag in his own comic way!

12th Street Rag was written by Euday L. Bowman and published by the Jenkins Music Company in 1914.  It wasn't until 1919 that lyrics were added to the composition by James S. Sumner.

Over the years the tune has had many revivals and just about every jazz band imaginable has played it. 12th Street Rag is still popular to this day among jazz bands and fans alike.

So, without further ado... Terry Waldo in a performance from 2007...

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