ANDREW BARRETT specializes in American popular piano styles of the 1912-1929 period, as well as performing popular and salon music (and music from stage shows, operettas etc.) mainly from the 1906-1922 period (and earlier and later). A pianist for some 20 years, he has worked with traditional jazz and swing bands, rock and bossa nova bands and others. He’s currently a Main Street piano player at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and pianist with the L.A. Swing Barons.
Andrew is also a composer with approximately 15 ragtime or ragtime-influenced compositions. He performs on a CD entitled “At the Piano Vol. 1 – Featuring Great Music of 1913.” His favorite pianists of the golden age of American music include W.E. “Buddy” Burton, Clarence A. “Jelly” Johnson, Frank E. Banta, Pete Wendling, Cliff Hess and many others. To help assist others with finding and hearing rare old recordings and piano rolls of many of these artists, Andrew has been hard at work on numerous playlists (a work in progress!) of the popular pianists of the teens and twenties, which can be found on his YouTube channel “Great Pianists.” This online channel features such talents as Irving Brodsky, Herbert Clair, Monroe Jockers, James P. Johnson, Donald Lambert, Ray Perkins, Luckey Roberts, Phil Schwartz, Harry Stover, Harry W. Walter and Bertha Wolpa.
At first featured in RagFest’s specialty youth concerts, Andrew soon became a regular performer, each year displaying more and more versatility. This year he’s once again a featured solo performer, is the accompanist for EVANS & ROGERS, and is playing percussion for the newly-formed RAGFEST ENSEMBLE.