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The Evolution of the Jazz Mandolin
Part 2: “Two Step” Ragtime and Choro
Part two of the jazz mandolin sessions discussed the simultaneous popularity of ragtime in America and choro in Brazil. The syncopated or “ragged” rhythms of ragtime laid the groundwork for jazz during the early years of the 20th century. At the same time, choro music, often played on mandolin, was being composed and played in Brazil. The session featured live performances of tunes appropriate to the period with Tim Porter on mandolin, Joe Selly on guitar and Alex Gressel on bass.