Reginald Robinson’s work in ragtime music earned him the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2004.Photo from Evanston In-School Music Association

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Evanston In-School Music Association is presenting Reginald Robinson, an internationally recognized recording artist and educator on the subject of the traditional American jazz style of ragtime, for their spring concert series. Through May 8, Mr. Robinson will perform at all District 65 K-8 schools, as well as at St. Athanasius and Pope John XXIII.

As a child, Mr. Robinson was inspired to learn to play ragtime after a group of jazz musicians performed at his school in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. His professional career began in 1992 when fellow musicians introduced him to pianist Jon Weber, who helped him create his first recording, “The Strongman.”
 
In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his innovation in ragtime composition and research.