Dive into Ragtime

Brief History of Ragtime Ragtime was around but the name came along much later. The name was given to the style of music towards the end of the 1890’s. This style of music consisted of both written music and oral tradition with being known for its “ragged” rhythm. Ragtime can be described as an in […]

The Roaring Ragtimes

The Roaring Ragtimes The 1920s in America brought economic prosperity, hopes of the American dream, and new art innovations. Ragtime music was the theme music to the popular Roaring 20s. Money was of no object to people, and the parties never seemed to end. Unfortunately, the 1920s for black people meant a small portion of […]

Don’t Throw in the Towel…It’s Ragtime!

Don’t Throw in the Towel…It’s Ragtime! Thesis This simple creation of ragtime reveals how African-Americans are naturally creative, gifted, and advanced in the arts.  About Ragtime is a genre of music played on the piano. Ragtime gets its name because of the “ragged” nature of the upbeat piano playing. Ragtime music was the first time […]


Ragtime defines a performance style and practices like composing and dance. Ben Harvey claimed to be its inventor. It is a duality between oral and written music, between early jazz and classical music, and between African American and European American music. The words “ragtime” and “jazz” were used synonymously. Rag, or ragging, consisted of syncopated […]

Sue Keller

Women in Ragtime: Sue Keller Born on July 7, 1952, Sue Keller is a ragtime pianist who has served as the music director of the Scott Joplin Festival for 7 seven years and director and officer of the Word Old-Time Piano Championship for 14 years. Her musical intelligence was prompted from her many vocal, flute […]

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 […]

The King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin

The History of Ragtime Ragtime was a popularized syncopated or rather “ragged” musical style that originated from the rivers along Mississippi and Missouri during the 1890s to 1918. This style of music was inspired by African American banjo beats, minstrel show songs, and cakewalk. Ragtime music featured solo piano styles that followed a strict two-four […]

Women in Ragtime: Winifred Atwell

Ragtime Ragtime is a musical style created by black people in the late 1800s. Ragtime existed long before it was even given the name “ragtime”. By the turn of the century, the term “ragtime” had a whole meaning. It was defined as a performance style and practices applied to composing and playing popular song, dance, […]

Fats Waller: A Bubbling Bundle of Joy

More on Waller Thomas Wright Waller better known as Fats was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, violinist, singer, and comedic entertainer born on May 21st, 1904 in New York City, New York. Waller was known for his big personality and size and copyrighted over 400 songs. He is said to have written many popular songs but to have […]

The King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin

The King of Ragtime Scott Joplin was known for being the foremost composer of ragtime in the early 20th century.   He was an African American composer and pianist born in the late 1860s in Texas. He took his art and made it into something even more popular than what it had already been. He […]

One of the Most Influential Women to Ragtime: Winifred Atwell

Winifred Atwell Who was Winifred Atwell ? Winifred Atwell was a pianist from Trinidad and Tobago. She came from a family of Pharmacists, and at first thought she would carry on to doing pharmacy as well, but she went for her passion for music and had taken piano lessons. Winifred noticed and acted on her […]

Walk That Walk: The Cakewalks

Walk That Walk: The History of The Cakewalk By Camille Adams-Lonzer History of The Cakewalk The cakewalk started back in the times of slavery. The slaves would couple up and  would walk around with buckets of water on their heads and walk on a chalk line. Then the slave owners started giving away cakes to […]

King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin

SCOTT JOPLIN WHO WAS SCOTT JOPLIN? Scott Joplin was born November 24, 1868 in New York City. Joplin, an American composer and pianist, was known as the King of Ragtime. Joplin performed all over Midwest in the 1880s but ended up living in Missouri. He studied at the George R. Smith College for Negroes with […]

Women in Ragtime: Rosa Henderson

Rosa Henderson Women in Ragtime         When attempting to look up information on women singers and performers of the Ragtime era, you will notice that there is not much of it. This is probably due to the fact that the places where bands and singers performed at, such as dancehalls and parlors, […]

Women in Ragtime: Julia Lee Niebergall

Women in Ragtime: Julia Lee Niebergall Julia Niebergall is one of the most influential women in ragtime. Her independence led to the drive of following her passion in piano rag. She not only created a few piano rag pieces, but she also shared her passion with others through teaching.  Early Life: Born into Music On […]

Eubie Blake’s Shuffle Along: From Ragtime to Broadway

Eubie Blake’s Shuffle Along: From Ragtime to Broadway -Introduction-        Eubie Blake, Baltimore-raised producer of popular ragtime hits, such as “Charleston Rag”, “Bandana Days”, and “Love Will Find a Way”, composed one of the most influential musicals in African-American history. The creation of Shuffle Along, a project collaborated with director, Noble Sissle, was the […]

Women in Ragtime: Hazel Scott

Women In Ragtime: Hazel Scott Ragtime was born in 1896 and originated from African Americans in the late 19th century. It’s sound and unique rhythm was passed down by old jigs and the style of piano thumping. By the 20th century rag time became intensely popular for people to host events with and dance to.  […]

Coon Songs: the new sub-genre of the Ragtime

Coon Songs: The new sub-genre of Ragtime Ragtime Ragtime is a music genre that was popular from the 1890s-1920s. It established a whole new set of music. It was completely different from music beforehand, such as classical music. Ragtime is a performance style that played popular songs and dance music, involving instruments such as a […]

The Age of Ragtime

The Age of Ragtime Ragtime is a propulsively syncopated musical style that was the predominant style of American popular music from about 1899-1920. It was influenced by minstrel-show songs, African American banjo styles, and syncopated (off-beat) dance rhythms of the cakewalk. Scott Joplin, called the “King of Ragtime,” published the most successful of rags, “The […]