He’s not only a fictional character; Max Morath is a beloved American ragtime pianist
If you want to learn more about the barroom pianist in the bachelor-party scene of Blossom, you only need to do a quick online search! With his generous permission, his name and quotes appear in the Blossom . If you think real hard, you can almost hear the syncopated chaos and discipline he generates by tickling the ivories.
He’s the real deal when it comes to ragtime. Max is an acclaimed pianist, composer, actor and author. In fact, he’s widely referred to as “Mr. Ragtime.”
His book–Max Morath: The Road to Ragtime–is a fascinating read. And his many recordings are easy to find. His 2005 CD–One For the Road–is particularly entertaining.