Ragtime Author Larry Karp has Died

Larry KarpLARRY KARP, 76, on Oct. 11 in Seattle, WA. Growing up in Paterson, NJ, Larry Karp self-published a serialized detective story, Richard Richard, Private Dick in a neighborhood newspaper at the age of eight. He practiced perinatal medicine (high-risk pregnancy care) and wrote general nonfiction books and articles for 25 years. In 1995, he left the medical profession to begin a second career: writing mystery novels.

The backgrounds and setting reflected many of his interests: medical-ethical issues, musical antiques, and ragtime music. The Ragtime Kid is set in Sedalia, Missouri in 1899; The King of Ragtime takes place in New York City in 1916 and centered on a real-life dispute between Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin; and in The Ragtime Fool the old Ragtime Kid returns to Sedalia in 1951 to take care of some unfinished business. Also Read: Ragtimers Celebrate Larry Karp’s Life

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Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag almost thirty years ago and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we became The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, containing profiles from 2013-2016 will be available on Amazon soon. He taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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