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the most significant form of musical expression of African-American culture and arguably the most outstanding contribution the United States has made to the art of music. Origins of Jazz

Jazz developed in the latter part of the 19th cent.
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(1) A form of everyday dance music of urban American Negroes, which developed in the second half of the 19th century. A unique, sharply syncopated form of music, ragtime was a forerunner of jazz. Early examples of an artistic treatment of ragtime are encountered in A. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (subtitled “From the New World”) and in his string quartet.

(2) An American salon and ballroom dance for couples, based on a rhythmic form of ragtime in 2/4 time. Ragtime came into fashion circa 1910. The two-step, the one-step, and the foxtrot are among the dances that developed from ragtime. I. F. Stravinsky used elements of this type of music in several works, including Ragtime (for 11 instruments) and the ballet pantomime The Soldier’s Tale.


a style of jazz piano music, developed by Scott Joplin around 1900, having a two-four rhythm base and a syncopated melody
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Ragtime music, which is still composed today, achieved its peak in the late 1890s and was popular through the 1920s.
Originally conceived in the 50's as a destination in which friends and families could gather for hot pizza, cold beer and sing-along ragtime music, the new stores will embrace the original concept with a modern spin - including arcade games, big screen TV's, classic American music and familiar pop-culture memorabilia.
Ragtime music, a melange of American musical influences including the syncopation of African drumming rhythms, took the nation by storm in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Roaring '20s/Depression '30s New York decor also included Joppy's Bar, a pool hall, a waffle shop, advertisements for 15- cent chocolate sundaes, ragtime music, a vintage car and promotional boxing posters.
In addition to ``Concerto Grosso,'' the mixed bill ranges from the dark and edgy ballet of Christopher Wheeldon's ``Polyphonia,'' to the neoclassic purity of George Balanchine's 1956 ``Allegro Brillante,'' and the high-spirited romp ``Elite Syncopations,'' Sir Kenneth MacMillan's ballet set to the ragtime music of Scott Joplin.
A highlight of the evening is the dynamic Paragon Ragtime Orchestra's masterful performance of ragtime music that is an important piece of Asbury Park's musical heritage going back to the days of Arthur Pryor performing on the boardwalk.
Who introduced American ragtime music to the world at the 1900 Exposition Universalle in Paris?
Blues singers of the 1920s and ragtime music greatly influenced the music scene.
Enhancing the mood is a soundtrack of Scott Joplin's ragtime music.
Caulkins' Ragtime Music Company is one of the world's largest manufacturers of player pianos, nickelodeons, calliopes, band organs, carousel organs and musical popcorn machines.