Max Morath is a performer who occupies a unique space as an entertainer/spokesman for American music and history.
Spearheading the ragtime revival in the 1970's, his one man show "Turn of the Century" played New York for a full season and then toured for several years. It was followed by the equally successful "Ragtime Years." After another off-Broadway run in New York, he continued to tour nationally in "Living a Ragtime Life", another mixture of Max, music and Americana.
As a pianist and singer, Max Morath has recorded for Epic, New World, and RCA Red Seal (with William Bolcom and Joan Morris), and currently for Vanguard, SoloArt, and Omega.
His latest recording is "Real American Folk Songs" for SoloArt, a vocal/piano collection that spans the 20th Century, and includes composers from the Gershwins and James P. Johnson to Randy Newman and Billy Joel. In recent re-issue on Vanguard CD is Morath's pioneer album, "The Ragtime Women."
Max Morath's programs for Public
Television on ragtime and popular music have become classics. In 1994-95, as he
followed a tightened concert schedule, he pursued graduate studies fulltime at
Columbia University, leading to a Master's Degree in American Studies, "I'm
as interested in Tom Edison and Teddy Roosevelt as I am in Irving Berlin and Scott