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Vincent Johnson - Sierra Madre, CA

A pianist, composer and transcriber, VINCENT JOHNSON is dedicated to the preservation of 1920s and 1930s syncopated piano playing. He was first attracted to piano at age 12, when he heard his friends playing Scott Joplin rags. He began to teach himself to play and enrolled in a music course at California State University Los Angeles. He began attending and performing at monthly Rose Leaf Ragtime Club gatherings. He developed an interest in early jazz, advanced ragtime, stride piano, novelty piano, and 1930s pop songs and ballads, so embarked upon formal piano lessons and music theory studies. In 2006, Vincent began performing regularly at Orange County Ragtime Society musicales and as a regular at RagFest. He has composed more than 100 ragtime and ragtime-related pieces, many featured on the “Invincible Syncopations” CD and its companion folio. This is Vincent’s 13th RagFest appearance to date.

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