Sounds of Africa (Charleston Rag), Eubie Blake

Sounds of Africa (Charleston Rag), Eubie Blake

Charleston Rag (1899) is an example of Eubie's classic Ragtime style. Charleston was originally entitled Sounds of Africa by Will Marion Cook, an influential conductor of the time. In 1921 it was renamed and promptly sold a million records. Even though Eubie was only sixteen when he composed the work, already a fully developed style was exhibited, with the presence of a very characteristic 'wobbly' bass line.

Eubie Blake

1883 —
1983

Blake, Eubie was as much as 20 years older than most of the other early jazz and ragtime musicians who composed and recorded their creations on 78s and piano rolls in the early years of this century. Incredibly, he met almost all of the pioneers, and he outlived them. By the time Eubie first recorded, he was 34, but he was already a show business veteran. With singer Noble Sissle, he brought the first 'Negro' musical to Broadway in 1921-Shuffle Along. Read more »

Amherst Saxophone Quartet at 20: a local treasure still going strong

Works reviewed: 
Lament on the Death of Music, Leila Lustig
Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Sergei Prokofiev
All Right Blues (1996), Russ Carere
Sounds of Africa (Charleston Rag), Eubie Blake
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Mar 11 1998
By: 
Jim Santella

Zen masters see the world in a grain of sand. The Amherst Saxophone Quartet creates a universe of music with the intersection of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones.

Members of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet are soprano Salvatore Andolina, alto Russell Carere, tenor Stephen Rosenthal, and baritone Herry Fackelman.

Sunday afternoon in UB's Slee Hall, the quartet threw a 20th-birthday bash, and everyone showed up, from friends and relatives to music lovers, composers, musicians and fans to support their longevity and wondrous achievement. Read more »

Sounds of Africa (Charleston Rag), Eubie Blake

Genre: 
Ragtime
Composer: 
Blake
Composer First Names: 
James Hubert
Arranger: 
Harry Fackelman
Composition Date: 
1899
Composed for the ASQ: 
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