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Zakutansky 1 David Zakutansky Dr . John Grams History of Jazz 3/31/2010 Early Jazz: Ragtime One of the earliest genres of jazz music here in the United States is Ragtime . Ragtime music is characterized by the main traits of syncopation and improvisation . Syncopation includes an assortment of rhythms and beats that deviate from the expectations of the listener . This can include any disturbance or interruption within a song that typically would not be there . An example would be a stressed note on a normally unstressed beat . Improvisation is the creating of notes and beats with no music . Ragtime gained its most popularity between the late 1800’s and 1917 in areas such as the red light district in New Orleans and more northern cities including St . Louis and Chicago . Ragtime grew to be extremely popular on sheet music and was heavily produced in the early 1900’s and again during the 1970’s revival of Ragtime
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Zakutansky 2 music . Ragtime also became widespread through the use of piano rolls, sparse recordings, and live performances from clubs to brothels . Some say the history of Ragtime mirrored the life of the great Ragtime composer, Scott Joplin . Tom Sobchack defines Ragtime as, “is a soft and subtle exposition of the structure of traditional melodic form through variation, interpolation, and substitution of the melodic and rhythmic structures of popular music” (Sobchack p . 148) . It is difficult to define Ragtime as it has the ability to become whatever the composer wishes for it . The origins of Ragtime music fall from black band marches and beats brought to the United States by slaves from Africa . This genre of jazz proved extremely easy to not only dance to and play, which helped it become so popular, accepted, and admired by the African American population in the south . The African American population of the south did not have the resources to learn music or buy instruments, but Ragtime allowed them to play with any makeshift instrument or any beat the community or player choose .
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