On a frigid Presidents' Day eve, New Yorkers young and old turned out at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola for a night of early jazz and ragtime. Leading that evening's program, entitled "From Ragtime to Jazz" and one of Jazz at Lincoln Center's many events, was pianist, composer, and world expert on traditional jazz Terry Waldo. Waldo was accompanied by his Gotham City Band, which featured eight of the city's best traditional jazz musicians on trumpet, clarinet, trombone, drums, banjo, guitar, bass, and tuba (some doubled up on instruments). Introduced as "the A-Team of ragtime music," the men, clad in tuxedos, played a medley of rich, boppin', early-twentieth-century tunes, set to a backdrop of New York's lights and skyline.
Asked why a generation of younger folks — represented both onstage with him and in the audience — might be interested in this music, Waldo, sitting at a diner in the West Village after a Fat Cat gig the night before, said, "just 'cause it's great music." And the excitement on and off the stage followed suit.More »