1st Edition

Black Bottom Stomp Eight Masters of Ragtime and Early Jazz

By David A. Jasen, Gene Jones Copyright 2002

    Black Bottom Stomp tells the compelling stories of the lives and times of nine seminal figures in American music history, including Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, and Jelly Roll Morton.

    List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Prelude Introduction: Tom Turpin and the Birth of Ragtime 1. Scott Joplin The Entertainer 2. Eubie Blake Charleston Rag 3. Luckey Roberts Pork and Beans 4. James P. Johnson Carolina Shout 5. Willie the Lion Smith Finger Buster 6. Fats Waller Handful of Keys 7. Jelly Roll Morton Mr. Jelly Lord 8. Louis Armstrong Cornet Chop Suey Select Bibliography Index of Music Titles General Index


    Dave Jasen is a world-renowned authority on ragtime and popular song. A Professor of Communications at C.W. Post College, he is the author of numerous books, including Rags and Ragtime (with Trebor J. Tichenor) and Tin Pan Alley . Gene Jones is an actor and ragtime historian. Jansen and Jones togetehr have written two previous books, Spreadin' Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters 1880-1930 , a winner of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for best music book, and That American Rag: The Story of Ragtime from Coast to Coast .

    "...all the profiles are informative, well-written, and filled with insights into their music, personalities, and social background...An excellent introductory resource on the subject, this book will be useful to undergraduates and general readers." -- Choice Magazine