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Concert association presents 'Legacy of Floyd Cramer'
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Jason Coleman will present "The Legacy of Floyd Cramer" for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association on Thursday. Coleman is the grandson of the late pianist Floyd Cramer. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present "The Legacy of Floyd Cramer," featuring Cramer’s grandson, Jason Coleman, playing in the signature style of his grandfather, the Nashville pianist whose smooth "slip note" style made him a musical legend of the 1960s.

The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone. Admission is available to concert association members. Full-time students will be admitted to the concert for a $5 donation at the door. The auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m.

Coleman has played the piano since he was barely able to reach the keys. Over time, his playing style has matured into an uncanny reflection of his grandfather’s own artistry. He now enjoys entertaining audiences by giving new life to Floyd’s music.

He began taking piano lessons at age 5 and continued for the next eight years. He sang when he was only 2 years old on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry at one of Cramer’s concerts. Coleman performed twice with Cramer on national TV. At age 4, he sang while Cramer played on "Nashville Now," hosted by Ralph Emery. As a 9-year-old, he played a memorable Christmas piano duet with his grandfather on "Music City Tonight," hosted by Lorraine Crook and Crystal Gayle. Coleman also remembers playing on occasion at his grandfather’s live concerts.

Coleman made his own Grand Ole Opry debut at age 17, when country music legend Hank Locklin asked him to play the piano for him on the classic song, "Please Help Me, I’m Falling," which Cramer originally recorded with Locklin more than 40 years before. In 2004, Coleman played for the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony recognizing Cramer’s induction into the Hall of Fame.