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Workshop : Classic Ragtime to Early Jazz

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Workshop : Classic Ragtime to Early Jazz




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).

Table Of Contents

Introduction / Ken Whiteley. -- The Mississippi Rag / Wiliam H. Krell (John Arpin). -- How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone? or The How-Long Blues / Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell (Larry Johnson). -- Hold It On The Bottom / (Sam Chatmon). -- Dinah / Harry Akst (Sam Chatmon). -- Oh Papa Blues / Ma Rainey (Kate and Anna McGarrigle). -- Jazz instrumental / Ensemble. -- Papa De-Da-Da / Clarence Williams (Original Sloth band). -- Lady Be Good / George and Ira Gershwin (Steve Goodman). -- Nagasaki / Freddy Taylor (Ken Bloom). -- Handful of Keys / Fats Waller (John Arpin). -- Charley Stone / (Larry Johnson?). -- Fishin' Blues / Henry Thomas (Sam Chatmon). -- Goin' 'Round The Mountain / (Sam Chatmon). -- Rockin' Chair / Hoagy Carmichael (Kate McGarrigle). -- A Ballad For Red Allen / (unknown performer). -- (Listen To the) Rhythm King / Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra (The Original Sloth Band). -- Right Or Wrong / Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan (The Original Sloth Band). -- Instrumental / (Unknown performer, clarinet). -- Question and Answer period / John Arpin. -- Just a Closer Walk With Thee / trad. (Ensemble). -- Ain't She Sweet / Milton Ager, Jack Yellen (Ensemble).


Ken Whiteley
The Original Sloth Band
John Arpin
Kate McGarrigle
Anna McGarrigle
Sam Chatmon
Steve Goodman
Larry Johnson
Ken Bloom
David Amram




William H. Krell
Leroy Carr
Scrapper Blackwell
Harry Akst
Ma Rainey
Freddy Taylor
Fats Waller
George and Ira Gershwin
Henry Thomas
Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra
Bob Wills
Tommy Duncan
Milton Ager
Jack Yellen


Ken Whiteley: contacted, permission granted. Chris Whiteley permission granted. Sloth Band: two members contacted, permission granted. (Third member deceased). Kate McGarrigle: contacted, no response as of 12.02.2010. David Amram: contacted, no response as of 12.02.2010. John Arpin: contacted, no response as of 12.02.2010. Larry Johnson: contacted, no response as of 12.02.2010. Ken Bloom: contacted, no response as of 12.02.2010. Sam Chatmon and Steve Goodman: contact info not yet found.

Access Rights

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Any recordings made available are for non-commercial, research-purposes only.

Is Part Of

Mariposa Folk Foundation fonds, F0511.




Sound recording




Centre Island, Toronto Islands, Toronto, Ontario
43° 37' 16" N - 79° 22' 43" W
23 June 1974 - Area 6 - 14:30-16:30

Rights Holder

Ken Whiteley
The Original Sloth Band
John Arpin
David Amram
Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Steve Goodman
Ken Bloom
Larry Johnson
Sam Chatmon

Sound Item Type Metadata

Original Format

2 audio reels (96 min.) : 2 track, mono.


1 hour, 36 minutes.

Bit Rate/Frequency

48kHz, 192bps



Ken Whiteley et al., “Workshop : Classic Ragtime to Early Jazz,” York University Libraries | Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections online exhibits, accessed October 4, 2023, https://archives.library.yorku.ca/items/show/1934.