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Barron Ryan Releases Cover “Tiger Rag” to Commemorate 100th Anniversary

Jazzed Magazine • News • August 24, 2017

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To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the original recording of “Tiger Rag,” Barron Ryan has released his rendition of the jazz standard to introduce the classic to a new generation of jazz enthusiasts. To this day, the song is one of the most recorded jazz compositions of all time, and in 2003, the 1918 ODJB recording of “Tiger Rag” was placed on the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

Famous artists who covered the song included Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra (in a version with lyrics), Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, and Louis Armstrong.

“’Tiger Rag’ is my equivalent to summiting Mt. Everest or winning Olympic gold,” Barron said. “This particular rendition, recorded originally by Art Tatum, lasts two and a half minutes but required over 500 hours of practice to master. It’s the most difficult piece of music I’ve ever learned, and to have conquered it means to me that there’s no musical challenge too big for me to handle. It’s also special that my album featuring ‘Tiger Rag’ is coming out exactly 100 years its first recording by the Original Dixieland Jass Band in 1917.”

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