Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival

Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival
2020 festival canceled, but make plans to
attend  May 2021. The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Music Festival is
recognized as the premier cultural arts event celebrating this musical

Lots of options with this festival in downtown Sedalia. Both free and paid venues. The music entertainment located outdoors around the square are free, concerts and symposia are paid venues. The four-day festival is packed with rattling good fun, concerts feature Ragtime Legends and Festival Favorites, the free open-air venues feature the up and coming ragtime performers, symposia provide insights into musicology and offer continuing education credits, special events include the Joplin Footsteps Tour and the ever-popular Cakewalk Dance. The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Music Festival is recognized as the premier cultural arts event celebrating this musical heritage.

Sampling of this year’s performers:

Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, and arranger, bandleader, recording artist, composer (member of ASCAP), educator and entertainer.  Jeff began his professional career at age 14 playing and entertaining in a restaurant in his home state of Connecticut.

Tom McDermott is one of New Orleans’ premiere piano players and composers. He grew up in St. Louis, where he earned a Masters’ Degree in Music, wrote music journalism for the morning paper, and soaked up the sounds of ragtime and traditional jazz that flourished there in the 1960s and 70s. In 1984, spurred by his love of James Booker, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, he moved to New Orleans.

Taslimah P. Bey began studying classical music at age 16, and switched to jazz in her senior year of high school. Taslimah started researching ragtime music and the roots of jazz in college. When she heard Charlie Gabriel, the music she had read about came alive for her. In addition to performing ragtime, Taslimah teaches music at Spain Middle School in Detroit.

William McNally is a two–time winner of the World Championship Old–Time Piano Playing Contest, and three–time winner of their New Rag Contest.

Danny Coots began playing drums at the tender age of 6 years old. Since then, he has studied with Nick Baffaro, Rich Holly, Alan Koffman and Jim Petercsak in percussion. Danny attended The Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University. In 1996 Danny moved to Nashville, Tennessee and has lived there ever since.

Oliver Moore, 17, from Chico, CA, has been playing the piano since the age of 6. As a pianist, accompanist, arranger, and entertainer, he has performed at various venues throughout California. Oliver is primarily a classical pianist, but is well-versed in the jazz and ragtime standards of the 20th century.

John Reed-Torres was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.   He first heard ragtime music during school recess in fifth grade. An ice cream wagon came creeping along, playing Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.” Right then and there, the ragtime bug “bit” him, and simultaneously released multiple inner infatuations for things of antiquity, ranging from architecture to auto-mobiles.

Bill Edwards discovered ragtime when he was six years old and hasn’t been able to leave it alone since.  He started his professional career in California in the late 1970’s then resided in Durango, CO. where he took up residence at the Diamond Belle Saloon at the Strater Hotel.  He has lived and worked in Virginia since 1986.

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Event Location Information:
Pettis County Court House Square
415 S. Ohio
Sedalia, Missouri, 65301

Event Contact Information:
(660) 826-2271

Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival