Traces of Ragtime: an analytical survey

Posted: November 16, 2012 in Jazz, Jazz & Blues, Jon Ozment, Ragtime

Author: Jon Ozment



“It is common knowledge that the blues was one of the major components of jazz from the beginning. However, ragtime was the other major component, though its contribution is less appreciated. Increasing our understanding of the origins of jazz and the contributions of early jazz artists requires detailed study of all aspects of the relevant context. This paper endeavors to illuminate an important area of the historical and musical context by identifying and analyzing the formal elements of early jazz performances, thereby uncovering the extent to which ragtime contributed to the creation of jazz. Perceiving the influence of earlier styles helps us to appreciate the richness of jazz and acknowledge its true place in the panoply of American musical traditions.”


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