Performers Play on "Blind" Boone's Piano
COLUMBIA - Part of the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival on Monday was a tour of the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum and Visitors Center, where performers played on John William "Blind" Boone's concert piano. The famous pianist was influential on the Ragtime genre, and his ability to reproduce any piano performance was even more impressive because he was visually impaired.
"Blind" Boone's career peaked from 1885-1916, but his significance is still relevant today. Musicians performing at the festival were excited to play on his preserved and restored concert piano. They did so during the tour that focused on his instrument. Earlier events included a tour of his home. These tours were offered through the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, which features a special jazz performance Monday at 8 p.m.