Gene Oster on Old-Time Piano

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by Robbie Gennet

Southern California's Valley Ragtime Stomp is a regular, unique, and extremely fun gathering of piano players at Henri's Restaurant in Canoga Park. Gene Oster isn't just a regular there--he's an encyclopedia of knowledge about the varying styles and key players in what, to use an umbrella term, we'll call "old-time piano." Ever wonder what differentiates ragtime from boogie from stride? Gene explains it all, playing musical examples of the greats' styles as he goes.

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