- Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections
- Mariposa Folk Foundation
- Classic Ragtime to Early Jazz with Ken Whiteley
Classic Ragtime to Early Jazz with Ken Whiteley
Item consists of audio recording Ken Whiteley hosting a workshop about ragtime and early jazz music beginning with John Arpin performing "The Mississippi Rag" (William H. Krell), Larry Johnson performing "How Long has that Evening Train Been Gone?" aka "The How-Long Blues" (Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell), Sam Chatmon performing "Hold it on the Bottom(?)" and "Dinah" (Harry Akst), Kate McGarrigle (joined by Anna McGarrigle) performing "Oh Papa, Blues" (Ma Rainey), followed by the whole group performing a jazz piece with the audience providing the percussion. Also consists of Original Sloth Band performing "Papa De-Da-Da" (Clarence Williams), Steve Goodman performing "Lady Be Good" (George and Ira Gershwin), Ken Bloom performing "Nagasaki" (Freddy Taylor) in a similar style to the version by Django Reinhardt, John Arpin performing "Handful of Keys" (Fats Waller), Larry Johnson? performing "Charley Stone", Sam Chatmon performing "Fishin' Blues" (Henry Thomas) and "Goin' 'round the Mountain" (parody of "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain"), Kate McGarrigle performing "Rockin' Chair" (Hoagy Carmichael), an unknown performer singing "A Ballad for Red Allen" and The Original Sloth Band performing "(Listen to the) Rhythm King" (Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra) and "Right or Wrong" (Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan), a solo clarinet performance followed by a question and answer period with John Arpin explaining the difference between rag time and honky tonk piano. Also includes the entire group performing "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" (trad.) and "Ain't She Sweet?" (Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics).