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Martin Spitznagel plays "Little Rock Getaway" by Joe Sullivan

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Published on Apr 19, 2009

Here is pianist Martin Spitznagel performing "Little Rock Getaway" by Joe Sullivan. "Little Rock Getaway" was recorded by Joe Sullivan for EMI in 1933 and Decca in 1935. The sheet music was published in 1938.

This tune is a transitional piece in the evolution of Stride to Jazz. The first half of the piece has a ragtime/stride left hand, but as the piece progresses the left hand introduces devilishly difficult jazz figures in counterpoint to the right hand. You'll hear this type of figure used throughout the piece. It was a signature of Joe Sullivan and his contemporary, Bob Zurke.

Recorded live in concert on March 28, 2009, at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh. For more information on Martin Spitznagel and to purchase recordings, please visit http://www.spitzfire.com.

Special thanks to:
Yuko Eguchi, video
Bryan Wright, audio

Recordings of Martin and others are also available at http://www.rivermontrecords.com.

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