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Brad Kay - Venice, CA

Pianist, cornetist, composer and musicologist BRAD KAY has played in and led bands in Los Angeles since 1965, when he began performing at Shakey’s Pizza Parlors. His bands have re-created the hot orchestral music of the ’20s and ’30s and evoked some of the great pianists of the era such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. Since 1997, he has led a piano trio, played cornet and piano and recorded with Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys. As a researcher, Brad has produced LP and CD reissues of great and overlooked artists. Classic ragtime was his first inspiration and his entree into composing, and his albums “Seven Rags” and “We Gotta Start Meeting Like This” feature his original ragtime pieces. He first came on board at RagFest in 2001 and has been a vital part of nearly every RagFest since! Be sure to catch him today as a solo pianist, where DAVID BARLIA might pop up as a guest vocalist!

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