Ragtime Jack: Live Music

Fri
Jun
23

7pm

Jack Radcliffe’s early jazz, blues and Appalachian music is delivered with intelligence and positive energy. Tickets are $15 at the door and part of the proceeds benefit the library. ‘Ragtime’ Jack Radcliffe has been a newspaper editor, an ethnomusicologist, an author, a tall ship captain, an outdoor leader and an award-winning music producer. He’s been called “The Mark Twain of American music,” and has traveled more than a million miles on the back roads of our nation, gathering, learning, singing and promoting the music of our diverse cultural experience. Now a resident of Massachusetts, with roots in Virginia and Tennessee, Jack, brings his piano, guitar, fiddle, voice, wit and wisdom with him wherever he goes. You don’t want to miss him when he comes to town! Jack has been performing for more than 40 years. He was a fixture on the coffeehouse circuit in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. His band 'The New Viper Revue' pushed the genre envelopes of blues, folk, country, rock 'n' roll and jazz from 1972 -1976. Jack resumed his solo career in 1977, then teamed up with reed player Al Oliveira in 1983, as half of “The World’s Smallest Big Jazz Band.” He is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime & stride piano, and a powerful singer of songs from the “Great American songbook.” He also accompanies himself on the guitar and fiddle. Jack was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of Fame in 2014. Jack’s performances always include a lot of uplifting wit, historical anecdotes and connections with local lore, wherever he performs. His background in journalism amplifies a lifelong quest for the cultural framework of his music and the places he performs.