|The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Rick Benjamin, musical director
While Harry L. Alford (1875-1939) was a composer of rare talent and imagination, the creation of melodies was only of peripheral interest. Alford yearned for something quite different and new-a musical path that had not yet been blazed by anyone else: that of expert sound-sculptor, ensconced in a modern office, sophisticated yet keenly attuned to the popular, working exclusively as an "arranger of music.
In the 1890s, when Alford formed this ambition, no such profession yet existed. Alford's vision of a lar... more