Ragtime and early jazz

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Between 1890 and 1930, the rise and spread of ragtime and jazz held out the promise of realizing Will Marion Cook's prediction that African American music would become a universal musical language. Early ragtime composers were inspired by the presence in Sedalia of Scott Joplin, the undisputed leader of ragtime composers. Together, Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb, comprise what is generally regarded as the "big three" of piano ragtime composition. Like ragtime, jazz had long roots in African American oral tradition before reaching the broader American public. New Orleans is a city that holds a special place in jazz history and legend. The city's music was as diverse as its population, from the blues brought in from outlying rural areas. By 1930, Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington stood out as the leaders of the emerging swing style: hot music played by big bands.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge History of American Music
EditorsDavid Nicholls
PublisherCambridge University Press
Chapter14
Pages388-417
ISBN (Electronic)9781139055383
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

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NameThe Cambridge History of Music

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Ragtime
Jazz
African Americans
Music
Composer
Duke Ellington
History
American music
Rural Areas
Legend
Rise
Blues
Oral Tradition
Musical Language
Prediction

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Magee, J. (1998). Ragtime and early jazz. In D. Nicholls (Ed.), The Cambridge History of American Music (pp. 388-417). (The Cambridge History of Music). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521454292.015

Ragtime and early jazz. / Magee, Jeffrey.

The Cambridge History of American Music. ed. / David Nicholls. Cambridge University Press, 1998. p. 388-417 (The Cambridge History of Music).

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Magee, J 1998, Ragtime and early jazz. in D Nicholls (ed.), The Cambridge History of American Music. The Cambridge History of Music, Cambridge University Press, pp. 388-417. https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521454292.015
Magee J. Ragtime and early jazz. In Nicholls D, editor, The Cambridge History of American Music. Cambridge University Press. 1998. p. 388-417. (The Cambridge History of Music). https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521454292.015
Magee, Jeffrey. / Ragtime and early jazz. The Cambridge History of American Music. editor / David Nicholls. Cambridge University Press, 1998. pp. 388-417 (The Cambridge History of Music).
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