I'm looking for a minstrel style banjoist to record a short 1879 piece for the Recorded Anthology of American Music on June 1 in New York.
This is for the third volume in our series of albums saluting historic African-American composers called "Black Manhattan." Since 2003 we've recorded dozens of pieces from original historic scores using antique instruments. Here are links to the first two volumes:
These recordings are primarily used for teaching purposes in college and university music departments.
Our short tribute to the pioneering black songwriter James Bland needs an 1870s style banjoist; we're going to record his "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers" with a small minstrel show type band. It's an exciting project - we've got Judith Sherman (many time Grammy winning Producer of the Year - Classical) to produce, and we're recording in the American Academy on June 1.
I would love to hear from interested New York area players ASAP. Please email or call me at your earliest convenience. (570) 524-9511 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.paragonragtime.com. Many thanks!
Sincerely, Rick Benjamin
I'd suggest Paul Draper, who is in Albany- a short train ride away... and is an excellent minstrel banjoist who can pick up a tune very quickly (seems to be a short lead time at work here).
Paul is very active on this site- just leave a comment on his page.
Thanks - that's very helpful. I will contact Paul.