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James S. Scott

  • Birth 12 Feb 1886 Neosho, Newton County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 30 Aug 1938 Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
  • Plot Section 60, row 20 to 23, no grave/plot #
  • Memorial ID 7434592

Musician, Composer. Known as the “Little Professor”, he was second only to his contemporary and friend Scott Joplin. Born the second child of former slaves, in Neosho, Missouri, he composed such works like the "Hilarity Rag," "Frog Legs Rag," and "Kansas City Rag". After the popularity of rag gave way to jazz, he was employed as music director of a cinema chain located in and around the Jazz district of Kansas City until the advent of talkies made music during the feature obsolete. He gave piano lessons and continued to write music throughout his life but could no longer secure a publisher. He died in Kansas City in 1938.

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  • Originally Created by: GBern.O
  • Added: 12 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7434592
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James S. Scott (12 Feb 1886–30 Aug 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7434592, citing Westlawn Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .