Renowned pianist-composer, ragtime pioneer, and raconteur Eubie Blake was 91 years old at the time of this Great American Music Hall. Eubie Blake: So one day I was playing my mother’d gone out to work, see and what she was Look now, the “Charleston Rag,” you take the “Charleston Rag.”. Preview, buy and download songs from the album Eubie Blake: That’s Ragtime! He wrote his first rag, “The Charleston Rag,” in , spent years playing with.

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I used to have to go across to the pool room. They later incorporated many of the songs they had written together into a musical revue, Shuffle Alongwhich premiered in June and became the first hit musical on Broadway written by and about African-Americans.

If Eubiee had his money I wouldn’t be up here right now. I’ve always made good money. In JulyBlake married Avis Elizabeth Cecelia Lee —proposing to her in a chauffeur-driven car he hired. Then I went down on what they call the line: Blake completed his first composition inthe same year Scott Joplin gained public recognition with this M aple L eaf R ag. A guy named Rab Walker, he ran the pool room.

Blake, Eubie was as much as 20 years older chraleston most of the other early jazz and ragtime musicians who composed and recorded their creations on 78s and piano rolls in the early years of this century.

But it also owed a great deal to march music, especially the sort of quasi-military march music most famously associated with John Philip Sousa. Boy, sometimes I’d make seven and eight, ten dollars, see?

Composer Perry Goldstein was in the audience to hear the quartet’s performance of his Blow! The show was a hit at the Ambassador Theatre, where it ran for performances.


April Learn how and when to remove this template message. This article needs additional citations for verification. Retrieved from ” https: No, not the music, because from whence it came. It would be criminal to deprive him of the chance to make use of such a sublime, God-given talent. Retrieved April 6, Blake was still composing at the age of Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Tenor saxophonist Rosenthal’s glib commentary and lighthearted humor make the music accessible to almost anyone regardless of their musical background.

Archived from the original on September 27, Eubie Dubie – The introduction and first strain were written by Johnny Guarneri and given to Eubie as a gift. It is a fact that Eubie is much better known today than he was 35 years ago. They’d go up in the gallery, you know.

Eubie Blake – Charleston Rag

The Association The Amherst Quartet became involved with the ragg of Eubie Blake through a series of happy coincidences. Retrieved 12 February — via Google Books. Blake, a musician, composer, and performer born in Baltimore inpublished charlestoh first rags in And he concludes his entertaining set with a rousing, syncopated ragtime rendition of the John Phillps Sousa march, “Stars and Stripes Forever. Ragtime, for most Americans, meant a tinkling piano; and no one played the ragtime piano chareston better or longer than Eubie Blake.

James Hubert Blake was born in Baltimore on February 7, His parents were both former slaves who migrated north and found work in Baltimore. The woman paid me three blaek a week.

Eubie later completed it. Amherst Saxophone Quartet at Wikisource has original text related to this article: When it premiered in JuneShuffle Along became the first hit musical on Broadway written by and about African-Americans.

It was at the center of American popular music from the end of the nineteenth century until the s. A transcript of this interview is included below.


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Charleston was originally entitled Sounds of Africa by Will Marion Cook, an influential conductor of the time. Of his loss, Blake said, “In my life I never knew what it was to be alone. The band played ragtime music, which was still quite popular.

In his later years, his willingness to travel, his ability to clearly recall events and people from 60 to 90 years before, and his openness and frankness not to mention his keyboard facility made him a national institution. All right but, but when I play ragtime I have never changed my style. Blake said he composed the melody of the “Charleston Rag” inwhen he would have been only 12 years old. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

The second category of compositions is Blake’s work for the Broadway stage. The first is ragtime. Charleston Rag is an example of Eubie’s classic Ragtime style.

Eubie Blake

She finally concluded that the reports of the demise of classical music were greatly exaggerated. Go right out the alley and go across the street, get my long pants, put’em on, go up to Aggie Shelton’s to work.

So, I’d take the guys to the theater, to the burlesque theater.

Blake went on to appear with Sissle in films during the ’20s. His tone poem Butterfly and Valse Marion are but two notable examples. Few people realize that there is a larger repertoire for saxophone quartet than for any other chamber ensemble with the exception of string quartet.