Jared DiBartolomeo
Pleasant Hill, CA
Updated 11/14/06

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Jared DiBartolomeo is a 19 year-old student attending Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. At age 17 he earned his A.A. degree in liberal arts from the college, where he had been taking classes since he was 12, and is now working toward a major in civil and transportation engineering.

Jared was first exposed to ragtime at the age of two when his father played the Maple Leaf Rag on the home piano. The syncopated rhythms left an impression on Jared, and at age eight he started taking formal piano lessons. Within a year and a half, he was playing The Entertainer. After receiving a folio of Scott Joplinís rags and some recordings, Jared dove deeper into ragtime enthusiasm, and over the next nine years expanded his repertoire to include the works of other ragtime composers, as well as novelty and stride piano.

A major turning point occurred in 2004 when Jared chose ragtime as the subject of a research paper for a music literature class at Diablo Valley College. He attended the West Coast Ragtime Festival for the first time and had the opportunity to interview six musicians, one of whom was Marty Eggers, known for his vast knowledge of ragtime and traditional jazz. Portions of Jaredís paper were later published in the West Coast Ragtimer. Jared began studying ragtime with Marty Eggers in early 2005, and since then has had numerous opportunities to perform at San Franciscoís Pier 23, the SRS Ragtime Corner at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, and the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival. He is looking forward to his second appearance at the West Coast Ragtime Festival.