Dick Wellstood plays Washington and Lee Swing (stride piano)

Dick Wellstood (1927-1987)

Dick Wellstood was an American jazz pianist. He was one of the great stride pianists. Dick could take just about any jazz tune or classical piece and turn it into a lively stride piano piece. He made many recordings during his musical career. Here is a tune called the “Washington and Lee Swing” played by Dick Wellstood from his album “Ragtime Piano Favourites”. If you haven’t heard Dick Wellstood’s stride piano, “Ragtime Piano Favourites” is a good place to start. This music may make you want to get up and dance.

Paginini’s Thing | Dick Wellstood | Stride Piano Masterpiece

Dick Wellstood (1927-1987)

Dick Wellstood was an American jazz pianist.  He was one of the great stride pianists.  Wellstood had a real knack for taking just about any jazz tune or classical tune and turning it into a really exciting stride piano piece.  Here he takes a well known piece for violin called the Caprice no. 24 in a minor by Niccolo Paganini and turns it into a stride piano piece.  If you aren’t familiar with the original version of the piece on the violin, I suggest that you listen to that before you listen to Dick Wellstood’s version.  If you understand what the original piece sounds like you will appreciate the stride piano version of the piece more.  Enjoy!