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Maple Leaf Rag Day 2014

April 1, 2014

The tradition continues this year as we honor Scott Joplin’s unfulfilled wish to have the “Maple Leaf Rag” played at his funeral. Read this post from 2012  which explains the story behind this blog. Play it if you can, listen to others playing if you can’t!

In last year’s post, all of the featured performances of the MLR were done by men. So this year we’re putting the women in the spotlight.

We start off with Sue Keller‘s version (“you know you wandered into D♭…”):

Next we feature Stephanie Trick doing her “Maple Leaf Stride” in 2009. Scott Joplin meets Fats Waller:  

Going way back to 1959, here’s Jo Ann Castle on the Lawrence Welk show clearly having the most fun of anyone who ever played the Maple Leaf Rag:  

Happy Maple Leaf Rag to everyone 🙂

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