In the late 1970’s I had the good fortune to meet Eubie Blake, one of America’s great ragtime composers. His musical EUBIE! had a run on Broadway in 1979 and a good friend took me to his home where we just hung out for about an hour, talking about his amazing career. At that time he was almost 100 years old and he’d be gone in just 4 more years.
Not too many carried on his tradition. Billy Joel did.