St. Louis Ragtimers

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This exemplary American group helped to preserve the Ragtime and Traditional Jazz genre. They hosted the internationally famous Goldenrod Showboat Ragtime Festivals on a restored showboat moored to the St. Louis Levee for decades. Each of the band members was a musicologist as well as musician which allowed them to present entertaining histories for each song. Some of the legendary African American performers attended and performed the Festivals providing inspiration for all the modern performers. Trebor Tichenor, founding member of the group (piano) had a nationally syndicated public radio show called "Ragophile." The group has performed often at the Scott Joplin residence Museum in St. Louis. The group started as a trio, but soon added one of the greatest cornet players of the 20th Century, Bill Mason. Over the years, they have sometimes addedl clarinet players, a drummer or two and a reserve tuba player. They were often joined by St. Louis singer and piano legend, Jean Kittrell. But, the basic 4 man configuration with Trebor, Don, Al & Bill has survived as the defining ensemble. They gave a series of performances at the Sheldon Concert Hall to their aging but loyal fans in St. Louis, commemorating their more than 50 years as a group. Please notice that their LP Vinyl Albums and the later CD Compilation titles are the same but the recordings and songlists are completely different. Nearly all the songs on the LP Volumes were studio recordings (mostly at Technisonic in St. Louis county). The CD volumes are compilations from various live performance or location recordings attributed to George Buck (GHB Jazzology) They later produced several CDs on their own labels: Ragophile Label by Trebor Tichenor (piano) and Stomp Off by Eric Sager (clarinet). Don Franz (Tuba) also helped produce the (very rare) big Vinyl LP box set of various performers at their Goldenrod Showboat Ragtime Festival.
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Albums

AP-75 The St. Louis Ragtimers  Volume 1 — St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers* The St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 1 (Album) Audiophile (2) AP-75 US 1962 Sell This Version
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AP - 81, APS 5981 The St. Louis Ragtimers  Volume 2 — St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers* The St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 2(LP) Audiophile (2), Audiophile (2) AP - 81, APS 5981 US 1962 Sell This Version
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DF-102 The St. Louis Ragtimers  Volume 3 — St. Louis Ragtimers St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 3 (Album) Audiophile (2) DF-102 US 1968 Sell This Version
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AX 102 The St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 4 — St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers* The St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 4 (Album) Audex AX 102 US 1973 Sell This Version
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AP 122 Songs Of The Showboat Era  Volume 5 — St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers* Songs Of The Showboat Era Volume 5 (Album) Audiophile (2) AP 122 US 1977 Sell This Version
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TS80-46/47 Early Portraits  Volume 6 — St. Louis Ragtimers St. Louis Ragtimers Early Portraits Volume 6(LP) Ragophile TS80-46/47 US 1979 Sell This Version
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TS81-359/360 20th Anniversary Celebration — St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers* 20th Anniversary Celebration(LP, Album) Ragophile TS81-359/360 US 1981 Sell This Version
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8101S Best Of The Fest, St. Louis 18th Annual Ragtime And Traditional Jazz Festival — St. Louis Ragtimers St. Louis Ragtimers Best Of The Fest, St. Louis 18th Annual Ragtime And Traditional Jazz Festival(2xLP, Red + Box) Conservatory 8101S US 1982 Sell This Version
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TSLR-007 The St. Louis Ragtimers  Happy Anniversary  Volume 7  — St. Louis Ragtimers St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers Happy Anniversary Volume 7 (LP, Album) Ragophile TSLR-007 US 1986 Sell This Version
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STOMP OFF CD1267 Full Steam Ahead And Loaded Up! — St. Louis Ragtimers St. Louis Ragtimers Full Steam Ahead And Loaded Up!(CD, Album) Stomp Off Records STOMP OFF CD1267 US 1993 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SP-1 Tenth Anniversary Souvenir Record, Pittsburgh, August 1974 — St. Louis Ragtimers St. Louis Ragtimers Tenth Anniversary Souvenir Record, Pittsburgh, August 1974(7") International Association Of Jazz Record Collectors SP-1 US 1974 Sell This Version
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Compilations

BCD-362 Volume 2 — St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers* Volume 2 (Comp) G.H.B. BCD-362 US 1996 Sell This Version
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BCD-361 The St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 1 — St. Louis Ragtimers St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 1 (Comp) G.H.B. BCD-361 US 1997 Sell This Version
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BCD-365 The St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 5 — St. Louis Ragtimers St. Louis Ragtimers The St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 5 (Comp) G.H.B. BCD-365 US 2001 Sell This Version
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BCD-364 Volume 4 — St. Louis Ragtimers St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 4 (Comp) G.H.B. BCD-364 US 2001 Sell This Version
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BCD-363 Volume 3 — St. Louis Ragtimers St. Louis Ragtimers Volume 3 (Comp) G.H.B. BCD-363 US 2001 Sell This Version

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April 25, 2021
As someone who has archived a great deal of their material, I would recommend the "Full Steam Ahead" LP. Although, the magic that happened when these gents got together, never gets old. Why are they special compared to many of the revivalists and their peers from the 70's and beyond? They managed to always sound closer to Traditional Jazz or authentic Riverboat Jazz than most of their contemporaries. Along with some of the other "white" groups playing selections from America's historic period of minstrel performers, they had nothing but the greatest respect and regard for the foundations of all this jazz and the artists who created it regardless of race.

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