If you love ragtime, stride piano, and novelty numbers of the teens, 1920s and 30s, you’re bound to fall in love with these collections by Frederick Hodges. This multi-talented performer accompanies silent films in the...

Bay Area and appears regularly at the Niles Essanay Film History Museum; he can also be heard on a number of Flicker Alley DVDs, including the recent Douglas Fairbanks collection. But if you’ve never heard him tackle the finger-busting novelties composed by Zez Confrey, James P. Johnson, Phil Ohman and George J. Cobb, you ain’t heard nothing yet. Hodges is not only a great technician; he brings verve and gusto to his performances, turning these potential antiquities into vivid showpieces. You can hear samples, purchase CDs, and learn more about Frederick at his website.(Frederick Hodges Music Productions)