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Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Louis Moreau Gottschalk - pianist, composer (May 8, 1829 - Dec. 18, 1869) Traditionally, Gottschalk is remembered as a virtuoso, as well as a prolific composer of popular music. While there may be some truth in this statement, it is our belief that there is more to Gottschalk and his music than just that. Gottschalk was also the first and, one might well argue, possibly the last Pan-American composer and artist. Not only did he travel frequently outside the United States, as did, by necessity, most virtuoso pianists at the time; he also lived in South America and the Caribbean for extended periods of time, incorporating, without prejudice but with critical judgment, many local influences and musical traditions

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Chris Washburne: Rags And Roots

Read "Rags And Roots" reviewed by James Nadal

The year 1917 stands out in music history, for that was the year of the first jazz recording, (Livery Stable Blues by Original Dixieland Jass Band) and marks the death of ragtime pianist/composer Scott Joplin. To commemorate these events, and the century that ensued, trombonist Chris Washburne takes a musical exploration back through time on Rags ...

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There Would be No Jazz without Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Read "There Would be No Jazz without Louis Moreau Gottschalk" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz as an American artform would never have evolved without Louis Moreau Gottschalk. A phenomenon in his lifetime but relegated to the status of parlor pianist today, Gottschalk nevertheless was the complete package: talented, good looking, highborn. Educated at the Paris Conservatoire and a peer of Fredrick Chopin, Gottschalk carved an impressive pedigree when he hit ...


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