Head over to the Ditzfeld Stage to see the full line up of Missouri artists, celebrating 200 years of our great state.
VIRGINIA TICHENOR has been consumed by ragtime her entire life, as the daughter of the late Trebor Tichenor, the noted ragtime scholar, pianist, collector and founder of the St. Louis Ragtimers. She grew up in the midst of one of the world’s largest collections of ragtime sheet music and piano rolls and at an early each met Eubie Blake, Max Morath and Butch Thompson. She is one of the few and best women playing ragtime in the country. Performances include the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri; the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, California, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee in Sacramento, CA and the Charles Templeton Ragtime Festival in Starkville, Mississippi. She also plays piano regularly at Pier 23 Café in San Francisco. In addition to her solo playing, Virginia also performs as a jazz band pianist in the Bay Area, working currently with the Zenith Jazz Band and formerly with the Devil Mountain Jazz Band. Virginia has numerous recordings, including her first solo album released in 1998 entitiled Virginia’s Favorites. In addition to her solo recording, she has recorded two other albums of piano solos and duets with her talented family. The Family Album, released in 2000, features The Tichenor Family Trio with her late father, Trebor, on piano and her husband, Marty Eggers, on bass and piano. In 2004, the Tichenor Family Five was formed, adding Virginia’s brother, Andy, on trumpet, and his wife, Susanna, on violin and viola. The Tichenor Family Five released a recording in 2004 called Ragtime Reunion. Virginia is also the Festival Director for the West Coast Ragtime Society, which produces an annual ragtime music festival the weekend before Thanksgiving each November in Sacramento, CA.