Coming Jan 31st – Perfessor Bill Edwards
Location: Jordan Kitts Music
8500 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031Ticket Prices: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Senior/Student
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The Northern Virginia Ragtime Society
Falls Church, VA 22040-6138
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About Bill Edwards
Bill Edwards discovered Ragtime when he was 6 years old and hasn’t been able to leave it alone since. Learning initially from records by Paul Lingle, Frankie Carle and Lou Busch, he later discovered it was available in print form and started accumulating ragtime scores in his teens. Bill started his professional career in California in the late 1970s. In the 1980s he resided part time in Durango, CO and played in the Diamond Belle Saloon at the Strater Hotel. Bill has lived in Virginia since 1986 and for many years was a featured entertainer at the Fish Market in Alexandria. Mr. Edwards has many CDs and has performed with many prestigious traditional jazz bands, and worked with an opened for a variety of well-known artists, including Dave Brubeck, Al Hirt, Mel Tillis and Jo Ann Castle. Bill is an active researcher of selected composers and ragtime music and applies his passion for music on his website: www.perfessorbill.com.
Enlightenment Through Entertainment
As a scholar of Ragtime and a performing preservationist of Ragtime piano and Old-Time music I have many definitive goals in mind. First and foremost is to entertain all that come to listen. The music itself is entertainment to many, but the performer needs to strive to enhance that music and inject his best qualities into it. This will ultimately generate more interest in both the music and the performer, and provide good word of mouth for both as well. What I do on the stage is not really a lecture, not so much a seminar, and not strictly a musical show; rather, I would call it an entertainment. – Perfessor Bill Edwards
BILL will present many styles of music from the Ragtime Era and associated genres, such as Novelty and early Stride piano.
More Concert Information: http://www.perfessorbill.com/concert.shtml
Since 1984, Mr. Edwards has amassed an impressive repertoire of over 40 CD recordings, most of which are still currently available. They cover everything from traditional classic ragtime to early popular song, and even two blues collections. There are always more recordings in the works, and a number of them have been driven and formulated by listener requests, including those generated by his Ragtime MIDI and Sheet Music Covers page. He has further amassed a collection of original ragtime compositions, including an award winning rag in 2001 titled The Necromancer (used with other pieces of Bill’s in the 2004 feature Ghosts of Edendale), his 2002 award winner The Wiener Schnitzel Rag, and his first original syncopated piece from 1985, The Hanon Rag, which premiered while he was still at Fort Lewis College. His 2014 composition Lovely Laughing Lucilletook first prize for that year’s initial Blind Boone Ragtime Festival Composition Contest.
Read more about Perfessor Bill Edwards at his website http://www.perfessorbill.com/