On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined!
Here are selections from the Cakewalk held on June 1, 2018, at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival: expert dancers from hither and yon, music provided by Brian Holland, piano; Danny Coots, drums; Steve Pikal, string bass; Evan Arntzen, reeds; Marc Caparone, cornet.
And the premise was the great variety of popular / dance music dancers would have enjoyed in the early decades of the last century. We enjoyed it too.
Let’s start with a tender bit of Americana, Irving Berlin’s WHAT’LL I DO?
“Look, Ma! They’re coming down the street!” BUGLE BOY MARCH:
That raucous Jass music: ORIGINAL DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND ONE-STEP:
Tony Jackson’s PRETTY BABY:
Old New Orleans, CREOLE BELLES:
And back to Mr. Berlin, with ALEXANDER’S RAGTIME BAND:
I hope you moved the furniture and invited the neighbors. The HCJQ can do anything, sweet or hot, it seems to me.
May your happiness increase!