Peabody Ragtime Ensemble: A Contemporary Performance of Historic American Jazz
The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble “presented a polished and lively program… and blew up a hurricane” - Washington Post
A Maryland treasure celebrating its 40th season, this 8-piece acoustic band preserves the roots of American Jazz through performance of the vintage repertoire. A concert by Peabody Ragtime Ensemble is a quirky, joyous potpourri of American music ranging from about 1890 to 1960, spanning a vast repertoire of early jazz styles including ragtime, Dixieland, big band, swing, novelties and vocals.
The band has performed with and opened for stars such as Roberta Flack, Louie Bellson, the Smothers Brothers, Phyllis Diller, Eubie Blake, Alberta Hunter, Aaron Copland and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. They present an eclectic line-up that intersperses musical selections with “edu-taining” commentary, placing the music in its historical context. The tunes feature various band members in solo and ensemble roles, offering a showcase for their individual talents and providing a variety of textures, genres and styles in the course of a single concert.
In spite of the "Ragtime" moniker, this award-winning “little big band” has evolved from its 1974 student roots into a professional jazz ensemble that was named “Baltimore’s Best Jazz Band” by Baltimore Magazine and received a WAMMY Award from the Washington Area Music Association for “Best Dixieland Band.” They were part of a Maryland State Arts Council juried showcase at the 2006 Performing Arts Exchange and were on the Young Audiences of Maryland educational roster for a record-breaking 28 years