Stephanie Trick: stride and ragtime pianist

Gretel James

Gretel James

WHEN Gretel James of the Victorian Jazz Archive was interviewing world famous ragtime and stride pianist John Gill a few months before he died in April 2011, she asked him who were some of the young rising stars who will carry on this wonderful style of piano playing? And John said:  “Stephanie Trick”.

A classically trained pianist, Stephanie began playing piano at the age of five. During the time between her beginning years and high school, her piano teacher exposed her to early jazz styles, and the syncopation and swinging rhythm aroused her interest. While in college, it became clear to Stephanie that she wanted to pursue stride and classic jazz styles professionally.

This young woman has very clear ideas about the music she wants to play. Here’s an impressive interview with her recorded in October 2010.

Stephanie plays her version of Scott Joplin’s MAPLE LEAF RAG at the 2009 West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, California which she mentions in her interview.

Next time Australian Jazz Festival organisers or Jazz Club programmers are drawing up lists of “must have” overseas performers, what about including a tour for Stephanie Trick at the top of those lists! She would not only be a great talent to hear – being skilled in boogie and ragtime as well as stride –  but also a role model for young people who may be inspired to make jazz music their goal.

Find out more about Stephanie on her website.

AND to remember the talent we’ve lost, hear once again John Gill play in the streets of his hometown, Perth, and at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri.

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