Silent Film Work
News - Events
& Events with
David Drazin - PO Box 6442 - Evanston, IL 60204-6442 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri., Feb. 17, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL, 847-448-8450, http://cityofevanston.org/parks-recreation/levy-senior-center/. Dave plays for a public dance with the Dick Elliot Trio.
Fri., Feb. 17, 7:00 p.m., University of Chicago Film Studies Center, 5811 S. Ellis, Chicago, IL 773-702-8596, http://filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu. Dave and the Chicago-based Russian folk-singing group Golosa provide live accompaniment for HAPPINESS (dir. Aleksandr Medvedkin, USSR, 1934).
Tues., Feb. 28, 7:00 p.m., The Barking Lot, 495 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL, 847-205-3647. Dave plays live keyboard accompaniment for Barb Sciarra's annual "Doggie Dance," in which dogs and their owners march in formation to music.
Fri., March 10, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL, 847-448-8450, http://cityofevanston.org/parks-recreation/levy-senior-center/. Dave plays for a public dance with the Dick Elliot Trio.
Sun., March 19, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Glendora House, 10225 Harlem Avenue, Chicago Ridge, IL, 708-425-3686. Dave plays hot jazz with the Prohibition Orchestra of Chicago for the monthly concert series of the Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz (http://www.illianajazz.com).
Fri., March 24, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL. 847-448-8450, http://cityofevanston.org/parks-recreation/levy-senior-center/. Dave acts, sings, and plays piano for a live radio theater Marx Brothers Comedy Re-creation. Laugh at the antics of crooked lawyer Groucho "Flywheel" Marx and his bumbling assistant Chico "Ravelli" Marx in "Illegal Beagle" and "A Reward for Foo-Foo," episodes 1 and 9 of their 1930s radio series, "Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel." Music and merriment are provided by the Northside/Southside Players: Carol Seymour, David Drazin, Joe Urbancik, Tom Gollagly, and Nicholas Palumbo. songs include "Lydia, The Tatooed Lady," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Hooray for Captain Spalding," and "I'm Against It."
Sat., March 25, 7:30 p.m., Charlie Chaplin auditorium, Essanay Studios, 1345 W. Argyle Street, Chicago, IL. Dave plays piano accompaniment to a screening of Chicago-made Essanay silent films for a Host Committee event of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, http://www.cmstudies.org/.
Fri., Apr. 7, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL, 847-448-8450, http://cityofevanston.org/parks-recreation/levy-senior-center/. Dave plays for a public dance with the Dick Elliot Trio.
Fri., Apr. 7, 7:30 p.m., Elgin Community College Humanities Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL, 847-697-1000, http://sites.google.com/site/ecchumanities/ifs/ Dave plays piano accompaniment for the annual silent-film screening presented by Professor Tim Kaar for the ECC International Film Series.
Mon. Apr. 10, 7:30 p.m. , Northbrook Public Library Auditorium, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL, 847-272-6224, http://www.northbrook.info/. Dave acts, sings, and plays piano for a live radio theater Marx Brothers Comedy Re-creation. Laugh at the antics of crooked lawyer Groucho "Flywheel" Marx and his bumbling assistant Chico "Ravelli" Marx in "Illegal Beagle" and "A Reward for Foo-Foo," episodes 1 and 9 of their 1930s radio series, "Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel." Music and merriment are provided by the Northside/Southside Players: Carol Seymour, David Drazin, Douglas Bryan Bean, Tom Gollagly, and Nicholas Palumbo. Songs include "Lydia, The Tatooed Lady," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Hooray for Captain Spalding," and "I'm Against It."
Sat., May 6, 8:00 p.m., Glendora House, 10225 Harlem Avenue, Chicago Ridge, IL, 708-425-3686. Dave plays for a dance with the Steve Anthony Orchestra.
Thurs., May 25 - Sun., May 28, Renaissance Columbus Downtown, 50 N. 3rd St., Columbus, OH, 614-228-5050. Dave plays piano accompaniment for 16-millimeter silent films owned by private collectors at the annual Cinevent Convention. http://www.cinevent.com.
Click to see Dave at the multi-manual organ.
See Dave's Louis Armstrong Award and latest CD releases .
The latest: Sound engineer Richie Wohlfeil, owner of Hamtramck, Michigan's Lo & Behold bookstore/entertainment venue, posted some of Dave's tunes at https://folkbluesnight.bandcamp.com on an album with Detroit-area pianist Michael Malis. The session was recorded live when Dave was in Detroit rehearsing for the Free Press Film Festival. The live audience went wild, as you can hear on the recordings. Thanks, Richie!
Since May 2013 - New YouTube videos:
1. Louis Armstrong & His All Stars Live at Indiana Beach (4:14), home-movie found footage, piano by Dave.
2. Dave rocks on TV!: Chic-a-Go-Go 3/17/13 (5:13)
3. Back to the Old Farm (10:59), music by Dave. 1912 Essanay/International Harvester, featuring Beverly Bayne in an early role. Filmed in west suburban Chicago area, Dunham Oaklawn Farm near Wayne, IL
5. The Rally or If Beale Street Couldn't Talk (20:15) music by Dave. Director Cal Ward. Jr. intuitively used the methods of silent-film comedy to create a classic of modern silent cinema farce (video: 1994 & 2002).
"Avalon" : www.reverbnation.com/daviddrazin/
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Dave played with the Bernard Scavella quintet at Hyde Park Jazz Society's monthly concert series in January. Here's a video clip, which appears on guitarist Randy Ford's YouTube channel:
Here's some great news: I did the music for a talking picture and it's a PUPPET MOVIE! It's 14 minutes long and is titled "Junk Palace." It's about the Collyer Brothers, recluses and compulsive hoarders. The filmmaker is puppeteer Lyon Hill. You'd love Lyon! He's a great original talent. The picture is currently a selection of the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, N.C., to be shown Saturday, April 16. It's produced by Heather Henson, Muppet creator Jim Henson's daughter. Here's a link to the trailer:
Dave's appearances at Phil Pospychala's annual Tribute to Bix traditional jazz festival were a success. this year's event focused on female performers of the 1920s/early '30s. Dave accompanied three singers: Barbara Rosene, Jamaica Knauer, and Emily Toops; played in the bus tour's jam session at the historic Washington House, Two Rivers, WI; and accompanied a silent-movie clip of Gilda Gray doing her shimmy dance in "Piccadilly." Check out the publicly available "Tribute to Bix in Racine" Facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150117103652645 (jam session) and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tribute-to-Bix-in-Racine/307725818815 (dated March 15 at 7:19 a.m.)
Dec 2010 - My friend Terry Flamm who used to be in a comedy group I'm still in interviewed me for a blog he writes. Chicago DIY Film.
The Live Radio Theater shows at Joplin's Java in Waukegan on June 11 were a big hit for all who attended. Dave even played a few licks on the violin as Jack Benny!
Dave was back at Joplin's to give a solo piano concert on November 19, 2010.
author Larry Telles recently
published his new
book/DVD "A Brief
History of the Silent Screen and
the World at that Time" (press release: http://www.bitterrootmountainllc.com/bitterroot/?page_id=27),
and Dave played keyboard accompaniment on the soundtrack for the DVD
that comes with each book. Larry's personal website is www.essanayfilmmfgco.com.
Dave's DVD & TV
DRAZIN AT CHICAGO BLUES FEST
June 9, 2007
from Journalist Robert Loerzel of the Underground Bee:
In the interest of full disclosure, I should say right off the bat that Dave Drazin is a friend of mine. But I can honestly say he's a terrific piano player, and plenty of others will tell you the same thing. Dave's best known for playing piano at showings of silent movies, but he's also an excellent player of old-time blues, jazz and ragtime, and all of those skills were on display during his superb set Saturday afternoon on one of the side stages at the Chicago Blues Festival.
Source: ROBERT LOERZEL, Underground Bee
Dave on YouTube!
Dave performed for a short silent movie made by Wisconsin Bioscopes (film students at the University of Wiconsin - Madison).
Don't miss "A Visit With Grandmother" on YouTube. See it now.
Visit Wisconsin Bioscopes for info on more of their fascinating film activities. Other Bioscape videos include "Rent Party" (Dave appears onscreen briefly) and "Cosmo's Magical Melt-aways."
Check out this review article about Wisconsin Bioscape. (Yep, it mentions Dave's piano work, too).
Dave has been playing regularly at the University of Chicago's First Friday jam session at the Quadrangle Club on campus. Watch a video of Dave in action at the Quad at Here is the page with Dave's video:
Recordings: DVD & television
FORGOTTEN FILMS OF ROSCOE "FATTY" ARBUCKLE, DVD release May 24,
premiering on Turner
Classic Movies Monday, April 4.
LURE OF LABRADOR
and SWILIN' RACKET, bonus shorts on WHITE THUNDER
29, 2008, Kino released
a double feature of "A Man There Was"/"Ingeborg Holm." Dave provides
the piano soundtrack for Ingeborg Holm, the first significant work by
Swedish director Victor Sjostrom.
happy to announce
has been chosen to be included in the 2006 60th diamond anniversary
of Marquis "Who's Who in America." Who's Who profiles the careers of a
select group of men and women from all significant fields of endeavor -
from business and politics to healthcare and science to entertainment