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          dedicated to the genius of Scott Joplin and the American Music History he made in Sedalia 

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Jake what would you think

Posted by sedaliaragtimearchives on May 7, 2016 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (1200)

“Jake, what would you think about having a Ragtime Festival next year to mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag?” Now even though Papa Jake had been up since 3 AM and it was then after four in the afternoon he came alive like Ragtime Bob Darch beating out a syncopated rag on the old slogan-painted piano he hauled all over the country in his heyday. “Absolutely! Ragtimers will flock to Sedalia to hear the music! You know I wor...

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Posted by sedaliaragtimearchives on April 5, 2016 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (72)

You will never be more reminded of Sedalia’s ragtime heritage and of the town’s rich history than when you enter the restored KATY Depot. Just being around the building affords the sensation of going back in time to when KATY Flyers came and went from several directions unloading cargo and passengers...thousands of passengers.

Then walk inside to feel the open intimacy of the place and know you are adding to the almost constant flow of humanity that has wafted through t...

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Where America's Music Began on the Frontier

Posted by sedaliaragtimearchives on January 9, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (7)

Where America’s Music Began on the Frontier 

When Scott Joplin arrived in Sedalia in the 1890’s it was a bustling, bawdy, bounding young city ready to burst into the twentieth century. It was only two or three generations from having been founded on the wide open Missouri prairie. In 1895 Sedalia seemed to have one foot on the frontier while the other was progressively stepping into the future.

Sedalia’s founder General George R. Smith, had anticip...

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Sedalia, Missouri and America's Music

Posted by sedaliaragtimearchives on January 2, 2016 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (59)

Sedalia, Missouri and America’s Music

Welcome to a blog about Sedalia, Missouri, a place where America’s music began. For the first installment I’ve chosen to introduce this fascinating topic with a sort of adult-children’s poem as one of my heroes, Dr. Theodor Geisel might have written.

The phrasing is Seussian but the rhythm is there So don’t be in a hurry; take unusual care to read every word whether awkward or blurred. For&...

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