James Scott

The Little Professor James Scott is a well-known ragtime composer and pianist born in Kenosha, Missouri. He started playing the piano at an early age, first learning from his mom, and then taking lessons with a black pianist named John Coleman. Scott was known for his perfect pitch being known as the “Little Professor.” In […]

The One and Only; James Scott

The One & Only: James Scott James Scott’s Background: James Sylvester Scott (James Scott) was born on February 12, 1885 in Neosho, Missouri.   Scott died on August 30th , 1938 (at the age of 53) in Kansas City, Kansas.   Although, his genre of music was ragtime he also took part in march and […]

Ragtime’s Exploitative Documentation

Ragtime’s Exploitative Documentation Lost in Translation The ragtime genre thrived from 1896-1920. As ragtime’s influence transferred from the black community into mainstream media, the common means of music creation was different. Folk music and negro spirituals were documented through oral tradition, now ragtime music was now being documented on sheet music. Many white people transcribed […]