Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller were pioneers of ragtime and jazz in the USA from about 1900 to the1930's.

John Reade is an enthusiast for keeping alive the classic jazz style and ragtime traditions. Click on the buttons left for:

  • a brief history of piano ragtime and how it gave way to jazz and jazz bands
  • original rags by John Reade (free download of sheet music, MIDI or MP3 files)
  • hints from John on how to play classic jazz piano
  • CD purchase of John playing rags
  • a profile of John as jazz pianist
  • useful links to other ragtime web sites
  • contact details for buying the CD and sharing your own enthusiasm for ragtime piano.