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Multi-Handed Ragtime Blast Mar. 11 in Menlo Park

Original post made by Nan Bostick, Menlo Park: Felton Gables, on Feb 20, 2009

Menlo Park’s Nan Bostick, a consummate ragtime pianist and historian, will be joined by Mystic, Connecticut’s Ivory and Gold Trio for a multi-handed ragtime performance March 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the 1st Baptist church, 1000 Middle (corner Arbor) in Menlo Park. Bostick and the Trio’s leader, Jeff Barnhart, will hold forth on two piano with Anne Barnhart on her golden flute and Grammy-winning percussionist Danny Coots (a dead-ringer for Stan Laurel) cutting up as usual on drums. The Mar. 11 Ragtime Blast is a benefit for the local Children’s Ministry Fund. Donations of $25 or any amount will be gratefully accepted. Reservations are not required. Doors open at 6:30. For more information, contact Carol Maslin at 650-323-8544 or Directions to the church may be found at Web Link.

Jeff, Anne, and Danny are major stars on the Traditional Jazz circuit and will be featured at the Monterey Dixieland Festival March 6 through 8, where Jeff will also perform as a soloist and as leader of the highly popular Titan 7 jazz band. They are extending their California visit to play ragtime in the Bay Area because it’s the only time they can be scheduled to do so. They’re that busy. In addition to performing for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company on the Mississippi River, Peter Dehlman Cruises in France, and numerous cruises with the Radisson and Crystal Cruise, Ivory and Gold is featured every year at the prestigious Keswick and Bude Jazz Weeks in England as well as the Sun Valley, ID, Evergreen and Denver, CO, Sedalia, MO, Medford and Seaside, OR, Clearwater, FL, Victoria, BC festivals and the Monterey, Mammoth Lakes, Orange County, Pismo Beach, Three Rivers, and Eureka jazz festivals in California. Jeff himself manages the Titan Hot 7 plus two bands in the U.K. He owns his own recording label, Jazz Alive Records, and is currently signed with Arbors Records. Samples of Ivory and Gold’s ragtime arrangements may be heard via: Web Link.

Nan Bostick is the grandniece of ragtime era composer/publisher Charles N. Daniels who helped Scott Joplin, the “King of Ragtime,” promote his first rag in 1899. An avid scholar, educator, and writer, Nan is a featured artist and lecturer at ragtime festivals across the nation, always adding a bit of history to the toe-tapping music she plays. Samples of Nan Bostick’s music may be heard at: Web Link.

Classically trained Nan and Anne hope to sneak in some of the melodious, romantic music they love, but Jeff, the pianistic speedster, and Danny, the wizard of percussion, much prefer to rag and jazz things up, so prepare for a wonderfully varied program of favorite and rare tunes from the Ragtime to Jazz era, presented with love, camaraderie, and plenty of humor.

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Posted by Nan Bostick
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Feb 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Jeff and Anne Barnhart, currently in Seaside, OR with an iffy phone line connection to the internet wrote to say they'd like to submit the following comment:

To all in the Town Square community. Thank you for such a great write-up and for letting folks know about our upcoming exciting event. We had a marvelous time playing to packed houses with our good friend Nan Bostick in 2008 and are eagerly looking forward to more terrific music, meeting new friends and fans and sharing America's greatest music with you all!! Again, thank you for all of your efforts. See you in March!

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