My friend Ethan Uslan, he of the ragtime/old time/stride piano playing World Champion fame, received a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Mecklenburg Arts Council to produce a podcast on ragtime and early jazz piano, which he has named The Carolina Shout. Over the summer when the Mint Julep Jazz Band performed in Charlotte, I stopped by Ethan’s house and recorded two duets with Ethan that now appear on episodes 3 and 5 of his podcast. All 10 episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher, or via his website, and are chock full of Ethan’s humor, wit, early jazz knowledge, and his ebullient piano performances. If your day needs a pick-me-up, this is where to get it!
July 18th will mark the return of a fine gentleman pianist, Mr. Ethan Uslan to the RDU Rent Party stage. This unassuming 2-time world champion hammered out some amazing tunes the last time he was here, so we are bringing him back, this time for a double header. First on July 18th, he’ll play the Thursday night dance and then on July 19th, we will be hosting a silent movie night at Triangle Dance Studio with Ethan playing the soundtrack live as would have happened in the original silent film days.
In addition, the 18th happens to be the 16th birthday of one Ms. Nicole Dove who you may know from her work on the dance floor or that math test she just aced. Nicole will be partying down in South Carolina for the weekend, but before she does that, we will get a chance to celebrate her birthday in style with cake, dancing, and even some late night dancing if folks stick around for it. For more information on the full celebration, check out the NiBBLS Facebook event.
DJ Matty V will be spinning tunes on the band breaks (well, the Ethan breaks) and we may see some other musicians sit in.
Triangle Dance Studio
2603 S Miami Blvd.
Live music from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. in the back studio
Free beginner class at 8:00 p.m. in the TDS Guest House
We’ll also be featuring Ethan on July 19 at Triangle Dance Studio for a silent film screening of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid,” featuring live soundtrack by Ethan Uslan! Movie night starts at 8:00 p.m., admission is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $7.00.
Check out some of Ethan’s most excellent tunes in the YouTube videos below: