Ragtime Blues and Jazz" on April 19 at the local branch of the Ocean County
Library. "The audience was extremely sweet and appreciative."
In a performance that paid tribute to the Harlem Renaissance — the African-American cultural movement of the 1920s — Birnbaum had some 50 people humming and tapping their toes while he played music from such greats as Fats Waller and Duke Ellington. His blend of hot piano, ragtime, blues and jazz included Jelly Roll Morton's "Tiger Rag" and Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer."
Throughout the evening, Birnbaum, 55, also weaved in the story of the cultural movement that changed African-American literature, music and art.
"They (audience members) got a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, they got an
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