More About The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble

Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, an acoustic Baltimore-based septet, is a “little big band,” that was founded in 1974 as an informal student group at thePeabody Conservatory of Music when Ragtime was the rage. Since then, the Ensemble has evolved into a professional jazz ensemble dedicated to preserving America’s historic Jazz tradition through performance of the vintage repertoire in concert, party and dance settings. Today, under the direction of Ed Goldstein, Peabody Ragtime Ensemble has performed over 4500 engagements, including more than 1650 school concerts during a 28-year partnership with Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc.

 

APPEARED IN CONCERT WITH:

Hal Linden

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Phyllis Diller

Louie Bellson

Eldar

Artie Shaw Orchestra

 

PERFORMED & OPENED FOR:

Eubie Blake

Alberta Hunter

Gunther Schuller

Aaron Copland

The Smothers Brothers

Roberta Flack

 

HONORS

Governor’s Citation, recognizing 25 years of musical service to the State of Maryland

“Baltimore’s Best”—Baltimore Magazine: Jazz Band; Dixieland Band; Wedding Music; Party Music

“WAMMY” Award for Best Dixieland Band by the Washington Area Music Association

Maryland Music Educators Award for Distinguished Service

Winners of the Baltimore City Jazz Quest Competition

Performed in concert with Baltimore’s legendary Eubie Blake

 

REPERTOIRE

A program of All-American music from 1880 to the 1950s including:

Ragtime — Compositions of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake and their  contemporaries

Dixieland — New Orleans-style improvisation and foot-stomping choruses

Big Band and Swing — Lush arrangements celebrating the superstars of Jazz

Novelties, Ethnic, Latin, etc. — Vocals, standards, special requests, show  tunes

 

TOURING

Concert tour of the Soviet Union, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute

Featured artists at the 7th Annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Annual New England tour for nine consecutive years

 

RECORDINGS

Ragtime, Dixieland and All That Jazz

Ragtime Band, featuring the music of Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake

Tiger By The Tail

Live At The Homecoming

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Instrumentation for the Ensemble features: Flute, Piccolo, and Tenor Sax; Clarinet doubling on Soprano and Alto Sax; Trumpet and Cornet; Trombone; Tuba; Piano; Percussion; and Vocals.