Ragtime Jazz Festival Honors Scott Joplin

April 1st, 2017 is the one-hundred-year anniversary of Scott Joplin’s death. I attended the Mississippi State University Library’s annual Ragtime Jazz Festival featuring music’s transition from ragtime to jazz.

LIke my grandparents, I had a chance to view a silent movie. “Seven Chances” featured Buster Keaton’s hilarious race from 500 prospective brides when he had to marry to receive an inheritance of seven million dollars. Jeff Barnhart accompanied the film with an impassioned piano medley like pianists employed by theaters in the days before “talkies” surfaced.

At the concert that evening, I listened to piano pieces made famous by Jellyroll Morton, Fats Waller, and Scott Joplin played by renowned pianists Jeff Barnhart and Brian Holland. Both have played all over the world.

The five-man jazz band included a piano, trombone, cornet, drums, clarinet, and saxophone. Drums and the piano player’s fingers and furiously tapping foot kept the band rocking the theater. The band leader even played the clarinet and the saxophone during the same number.

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Carolyn Rae (a/k/a Carolyn Rae Williamson) - Her passion is writing romantic suspense and delving into the minds of stalkers, bombers and terrorists that threaten the course of true love. She has several books published. Her latest is Just the Two of Us in the Barefoot Bay Kindle World. She has also written a Witness Protection Series, which includes Hiding from Love, Protected by Love, and Tempted by Love. She wrote the text of There IS Life After Lettuce (Eakin Press), a cookbook for heart patients and diabetics and has a master's degree in home economics. Whenever she tastes a delicious high calorie dish, she goes home to make a more healthy, but still tasty version. Her profile, travel, and cooking articles have appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, Positive Parenting, AAA World, Hawaii and Alaska, and Romance Writer's Report.
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