NORO was organized in 1967 by pianist Lars Edegran, who became interested in playing ragtime music after finding a great number of orchestrated turn-of-the-century rags in the John Robichaux Collection at Tulane University's Archive of New Orleans Jazz. The idea was to follow the composer's intention but with the addition of the New Orleans rhythm and swing that is so noticeably lacking in many ragtime recordings. Violinist, William Russell, was a well-known authority and producer of New Orleans jazz and ragtime and added greatly to the orchestra's sound. 18 selections from 1967-70 with more than a full hour of ragtime delight.

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