UP AND DOWN THE KEYS; KITTEN ON THE KEYS Frederick Hodges (Frederick Hodges Music Productions) — If you love ragtime, stride piano, and novelty numbers of the teens, 1920s and 30s, you’re bound to fall in love with these collections by Frederick Hodges. This multi-talented performer accompanies silent films in the Bay Area and appears regularly at the Niles Essanay Film History Museum; he can also be heard on a number of Flicker Alley DVDs, including the recent Douglas Fairbanks collection. But if you’ve never heard him tackle the finger-busting novelties composed by Zez Confrey, James P. Johnson, Phil Ohman and George J. Cobb, you ain’t heard nothing yet. Hodges is not only a great technician; he brings verve and gusto to his performances, turning these potential antiquities into vivid showpieces. You can hear samples, purchase CDs, and learn more about Frederick at his website.