Photo Recap: The Tasalimah Ragtime Quartet
Taslimah P. Bey began studying classical music at age 16, and switched to jazz in her senior year of high school. In 1985, Taslimah presented the Ragtime Legacy, a lecture/concert on the compositions of early ragtime composers, including Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Artie Matthews, Eubie Blake and James P. Johnson. In 1986, she formed Taslimah’s Ragtime Band, in an effort to expand upon previous ragtime presentations to include her band arrangements for ragtime compositions. The band includes a rotating roster of jazz greats Marcus Belgrave, Charlie Gabriel, Marion Hayden, Greg Patrick, Tony Holland, Raycee Biggs and James Carter. In May, 2001, Taslimah received the award for the Preservation of African-American Music from the Societie for the Culturally Concerned in Detroit. Taslimah has performed at Greenfield Village for the past 15 years, and is a headline artist at Greenfield Village’s Ragtime Street Fair. Taslimah has also performed at the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri and the Music on the Plaza Jazz Series in Grosse Pointe.
Taslimah’s Ragtime Quartet included Mr. Charlie Gabriel, of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as Greg Patrick, and Marion Hayden. Check out the incredible photos below as they presented and preserved the ragtime style here at Preservation Hall.