Hello, and welcome to The Henry Strater Theatre Triple Threat Blog. In theatre, a “triple threat” is a term that is used to refer to a performer who can act, sing and dance. So what is a “triple threat” blog? Each month, we will recommend three forms of media to get you prepped for an upcoming Henry Strater Theatre event. This month we are gearing up for the Durango Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival happening March 24 thru March 26 with concerts, events, and symposiums occurring all over the Strater Hotel.
Single Threat: Scott Joplin (1977 TV Movie)
You can’t go more than five seconds talking about ragtime without hearing the name Scott Joplin. So just who was this guy? Get the details by checking out the 1977 TV Movie Scott Joplin, starring Star Wars’ Lando Calrissian: Billy Dee Williams. Featuring Seymour Cassel, Clifton Davis, Margaret Avery, Art Carney, Mabel King, Eubie Blake, and many more, Scott Joplin is an often overlooked gem. It’s available for rental or purchase on Youtube and many other online sellers.
Come see Morten Gunnar Larsen’s symposium “Memories of Eubie Blake” on Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the Pullman Room.
Double Threat: Ragtime: The Musical (1998 Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Based on the 1975 E.L. Doctorow novel, Ragtime: The Musical was one of the early vessels that helped launch the career of six-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald. The story of Ragtime: The Musical features three groups of early 20th century Americans and includes cakewalks, marches, and gospel music, in addition to the titular genre. Ragtime: The Musical is available for unlimited streaming through Amazon’s free app.
Get your cakewalk on by attending the “Ragtime Roots” concert on Friday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in the Henry Strater Theatre. Artists include Danny Coots, Brian Holland, and Festival Director Adam Swanson, among others.
Triple Threat: Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy: Gennett Studios and the Birth of Recorded Jazzby Rick Kennedy
Let’s not forget the “early jazz” portion of our festival. Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy: Gennet Studios and the Birth of Recorded Jazz is a wonderful overview of the origins of some of the first jazz recordings in history. Get the scoop on the early days of Hoagie Carmichael’s dance stomp “Stardust”, Gennet’s victory in a landmark patent case against Victor Records, and many personalized anecdotes from musicians, family members, and employees. During a period of rigid segregation, Gennet Studios freely recorded black musicians. Kennedy crafts a wonderful Beginner’s Bible for all things early jazz. Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy is available via Amazon and various corners of the internet.
Appearing in the Henry Strater Theatre on Sunday, March 26th at 2:30 p.m., Morten Gunnar Larsen, whose specialties include Jelly Roll Morton, will present a fantastic concert guaranteed to please.
Now that you are a triple threat, make sure you have your tickets to the Durango Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival, happening March 24 thru March 26, 2017. Individual tickets and festival passes may be purchased in person at our box office, by phone at 970.375.7135, or online at HenryStraterTheatre.com.