Charles "Luckey" Roberts (1887) was in many ways
the "founder" of the New York school of pianists.
He was the first Harlem pianist to be published (Junk Man Rag, 1913)
and recorded (october 1916). His most famous and difficult tune was Ripples of the Nile (1912), reworked as Moon Light Cocktail (may 1942) for Glenn Miller. He also composed classical music: a three-movement Spanish Suite (1939), and
the "miniature syncopated rhapsody" for piano and orchestra Whistlin' Pete (1941).
Roberts sings and plays "jazzaphone fiddle" on Everything Is Alive (september 2010), a live-in-the-studio jam with Bill Frisell (electric and acoustic guitar), Jerome Harris (acoustic bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals), and Kenny Wollesen (percussion).
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