Friday, April 8, 2011

Silent movies no more!

By Meredith Deliso

It’s a marriage made in old timey heaven.

On April 10, the Red Hook Ramblers will provide the Dixieland accompaniment to two silent films by Buster Keaton at Jalopy.

The early 1920s films, “Cops” and “The Playhouse,” will get the New Orleans treatment, and afterwards, there will be tracks from the band’s new album, “Something More Sinister.”
The film-and-music pairing is a natural one for the band (listen to them at the Red Hook Arts Festival below).

“Buster Keaton’s comedy was so pure and universal that the humor translates flawlessly today, and that’s the kind of timelessness we try to convey when we perform traditional jazz,” said Jason Benjamin, cornetist. “It’s thrilling to collaborate in this way with an artist from an era so close to our hearts, and there’s no better place to conjure his spirit and share our joy for his work than Jalopy.”

Red Hook Ramblers accompany Buster Keaton films at Jalopy [315 Columbia St. between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street in Red Hook, (718) 395-3214], April 10 at 8 pm. Tickets $10. For info, visit


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