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Alex Hassan


Alex Hassan is a Northern Virginia-based pianist thoroughly immersed in the musical styles and arrangements of the 1920s and 1930s. Among the highlights of his musical career, he counts performances at the Aldeburgh Festival in the UK; Smithsonian Museum of National History; Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri; Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival in Boulder, Colorado; Stanford University; Pizza-on-the-Park in London; Player's Club in New York City; Toronto's McMichael Art Gallery; the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater and Millennium Stage; the El Segundo Ragfest in California; and the Piano Rarities Festival of Husum, Germany. Since 1991, Mr. Hassan has given numerous solo recitals at the Billy Mayerl Society of England, recording extensively at one of their concert venues, as well as on BBC. He has made both piano roll and piano diskette (Pianomation) recordings for Buffalo's QRS Piano Roll Company. Pennsylvania's Stomp Off Records issued his solo novelty piano recordings done at the BBC in 1993 and 1996, reviewed positively in the February 1998 Jazz Journal, as well as the Mississippi Rag.

Numerous albums are available, most of which were recorded in England by Shellwood Productions. Operetta Archives of Los Angeles released Hassanizations featuring works by Hungarian operetta composer Emmerich Kalman. Mr. Hassan has frequently performed for the 20-year-old Northern Virginia Ragtime Society, of which he is current president.

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Video 2/9/2012: The Greatest Songs You've Never Heard

Tenor Doug Bowles, soprano Karin Paludan, and pianist Alex Hassan perform a collection of hot, romantic, bouncy tunes.

Alex Hassan