Larry Melton

Larry Melton was a founder of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in 1974 and the Sedalia Ragtime Archive in 1976. He was a Sedalia Chamber of Commerce manager before moving on to Union, Missouri where he is currently helping to conserve the Ragtime collection of the Sedalia Heritage Foundation. Write him at lcmelton67@gmail.com.

Joplin's Landmark School

Joplin’s Landmark School

In my April 2018 column, I wrote of the accomplishments of the good people of Texarkana and the work they are doing to preserve their

Adam Swanson

Adam Swanson’s Millennial Syncopations

Not many 27-year-old performers have a professional career spanning over a decade and a half, including a performance at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein and a full solo program at the Kennedy Center

Elliot Adams and Michael Chisholm at the 2017 Santa Cruz Ragtime Festival

Michael Chisholm’s Labors of Love

Making new friends and learning more about older acquaintances is one of the many rewards of being part of the on-line ragtime community. I am

Trebor Jay Tichenor A Genuine Ragtimer

Trebor Jay Tichenor A Genuine Ragtimer

To have known Trebor Jay Tichenor is to have known a ragtime legend. In fact, this St. Louisan might have been a ragtime original had

My (Non) Musical Background

My (Non) Musical Background

I am often asked about my background in music, what instruments I play, and when I first became interested. My flippant response is that I

New Year’s Eve with The Gaslight Squares

New Year’s Eve with The Gaslight Squares

Just when I was becoming accustomed to getting my ragtime music solely from the Internet and recordings, I had a pleasant surprise. Virginia Tichenor emailed

Remembering Old Achievements

Remembering Old Achievements

This month, I fear I will be rambling even more than usual. So many things rattle around in my head these days, so I’ll just

The Cape Cod Ragtime Festival

The Cape Cod Ragtime Festival

I have recently been blowing the dust off nearly 50 years of photos and ephemera from the many annual trips my wife and I took

Larry Karp

Larry Karp Memorial Fund Established

Will Benefit Music Education and Appreciation in Schools The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival Foundation in Sedalia, Missouri, has established a Memorial Fund to honor author,

Appointment in Sedalia

Appointment in Sedalia

No dusting off this month, only fresh anecdotes and delightful reminiscences. I managed to spend a week at the 38th Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in

W.C. Handy, Sedalia, and Joplin Lore

W.C. Handy, Sedalia, and Joplin Lore

This month I am going to use this tiny Sedalia newspaper snippet from 1902 to discuss some thoughts on research and then segue to writing

Brun Campbell’s Sedalia Letters Found

Brun Campbell’s Sedalia Letters Found

Recently, letters written between 1945 and 1951 by S. Brunson Campbell (Scott Joplin’s white pupil in Sedalia in the late 1890s) were made public for

Grammy Nomination for Bryan Wright

Grammy Nomination for Bryan Wright

Back in November, those of us interested in all things ragtime were excited to learn of Brian Wright’s Grammy nomination in the Best Liner Notes

Olympic Instrumentalists

Olympic Instrumentalists

Throughout mid-February, I was suitably entertained watching the Winter Olympics. I thoroughly enjoy the amazing feats of skill, endurance, agility and downright courage the athletes

Sedalia’s Fifteen Minutes. . .

Sedalia’s Fifteen Minutes. . .

“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” This line, credited to Andy Warhol from a Stockholm exhibit catalog in 1968, has gone

Sam Post’s Ragtime Obsession

Sam Post’s Ragtime Obsession

At a time when most people are just beginning to hit their stride, Sam Post already has a long list of accomplishments to his name

Angels and the Arts

Angels and the Arts

I was visiting recently with a friend about angels. Not the Gabriel types, with trumpets blaring, or the ones like Clarence waiting to get their

Tom Ireland’s Clarinet

Tom Ireland’s Clarinet

Among the treasures of the Sedalia Ragtime Archive are sections of G. Thomas Ireland’s old clarinets. Though Sedalia ragtime is usually associated with Scott Joplin,

Looking Back at. . .1916?

Looking Back at. . .1916?

In December it is customary to review the major events of the year but I’m far too off-put by this year’s chaos so I decided

Sedalia and Syncopation

Sedalia and Syncopation

Fred Hoeptner’s paper on the origin and use of the term “ragtime” delivered at last Summer’s Joplin Festival in Sedalia has had me thinking about

Trebor Tichenor Piano Rolls

Restoring Virtue to Archiving

Perceptions As I was wandering the Internet this month for ragtime news, something Jeanie Wright wrote on her Facebook page caught my attention. When asked

Before The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival

Before The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival

Earlier Festivals in Sedalia As I am writing this, the 37th Annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, is well under way and by

The Scott Joplin Postage Stamp

The Scott Joplin Postage Stamp

1983 was a busy year… I note that as the Director of Symposia for the 2017 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, Bill Edwards will present

Memories of a Listener

Memories of a Listener

I enjoy working with the ephemera of the Ragtime Archive in Sedalia and, as a diversion, I work with my own accumulation of personal scrapbook

Missouri Musical Heritage Trail Proposed

Missouri Musical Heritage Trail Proposed

In the month supposedly reserved for New Year resolutions, I prefer to look back forty years to an as yet unrealized resolution from the 1970s.

Postmodern Poetry and Ragtime

Postmodern Poetry and Ragtime

It is significant that T.S. Eliot and Scott Joplin lived in St. Louis at the same time. In fact knowing of Eliot’s fascination with English

Scott Joplin Memorial Highway Designated

Scott Joplin Memorial Highway Designated

At the opening concert of this year’s Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, Mayor Stephen Galliher announced that the Missouri State Legislature had

Ragtimers Celebrate Larry Karp’s Life

Ragtimers Celebrate Larry Karp’s Life

David Reffkin’s email on Tuesday, October 11th brought sad news: “Larry Karp died this morning at a hospital in Seattle…” Though I have read Larry’s

Blowing off the Dust #1

Blowing off the Dust #1

This was the first installment of Larry Melton’s Blowing off the Dust column for The Syncopated Times back in October 2016. I have been reflecting recently

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