In the nineteen-seventies in New York City, I had the immense good fortune of watching and hearing Eubie Blake at close range. He’d be introduced from the audience and eagerly take the stage to perform his compositions in a wonderful orchestral style.
I had the immense good fortune of watching and hearing Dalton Ridenhour at close range during the 2018 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival. Here, the brilliant young Missouri native pays his own evocative idiosyncratic tribute to Eubie (with hints of James P. Johnson, Earl Hines, and others): the songs are LOVE WILL FIND A WAY, BANDANA DAYS, MEMORIES OF YOU.
“Bravo!” shouts the man at the end. I agree. And Eubie would too.
May your happiness increase!