Saturday 1st May, 12pm - Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, City Library

NZ Music Month: Live from St Louis - Ragtime Capital

In this live presentation via Zoom, St Louis based duo Cherry and Jerry, open NZ Music Month at Dunedin Public Libraries with a ragtime history show.

Coming directly from St. Louis, at one time considered America’s Ragtime capital, the duo Cherry & Jerry – percussionist Isaac Cherry and pianist Jerry Rabushka – will explore some of the influences and personalities that brought this music to life. St. Louis was home to the famous composer Scott Joplin and was where he wrote “The Entertainer,” but the whole city was jumping with syncopation. You’ll hear about Irene Giblin, who demonstrated piano music in a downtown department store and at age 16 wrote a rag that became a national hit. You’ll also meet Tom Turpin, who opened the Rosebud, the bar that brought the greatest players and composers to the city to seek their fortunes.

As well as speaking about the history of ragtime and its influence on world music, Cherry and Jerry will perform some great tunes for our Dunedin audience, and there will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions during the talk.

Saturday 1st May, 12.30pm
Dunningham Suite, Dunedin City Library


Cherry and Jerry will present a second talk via Zoom from St Louis on the last Saturday in May American composers. See our full NZ Music Month programme for details.