Music: Young Stylist, Old Style

Six nights a week, Ralph Sutton, a gangling young (28) man in horn-rimmed spectacles, ambles across the bandstand of Eddie Condon's Greenwich Village jazz foundry and quietly joins the piano. He may ripple out a relaxed version of It's a Lovely Day Today or wander placidly through Bix Beiderbecke's jazz classic, In a Mist. Then he changes his pace. As Sutton explains it, "When the crowd gets with me, I begin bearing down." Sutton, bearing down on such ragtime standards as Ballin' the Jack or Maple Leaf Rag, delivers some of the solidest...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!