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We Remember ~

Ragtime performer, researcher, author and lecturer Nan Bostick passes away

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, Nan Bostick. Nan was among the group of ragtime performers who constituted the “pilot” festival, RagFest 2000, that was produced in October, 2000, by Friends of Jazz and Eric Marchese as an FOJ fundraiser and to determine if the festival was something viable as an annual event.

The festival was a great success, thanks in no small part to Nan’s showmanship and musicianship. It has been brought back every year since, and Nan was often at the forefront of these annual Fullerton performances, delivering seminars and musical sets on her two favorite subjects: Lady ragtime composers of the vintage era, and the music and career of ragtime pioneer Charles N. Daniels, who was Nan’s great-uncle.

Nan had been battling lung cancer since last year. It was a battle she had hoped to win so she could continue to do what she loved best – travel around the U.S. performing, lecturing and researching while continuing to expose new audiences to the captivating sounds of authentic ragtime music. She will be sorely missed, and we take this time to announce that RagFest 2012 will be dedicated to Nan Bostick’s life and to her memory.

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