Joplin Fest performer dies

March 27, 2012

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According to Stacy Purvis, executive director of the Scott Joplin Foundation, Nan Bostick, scheduled to perform at the 2012 festival here in June, died of lung cancer Monday night.

Mimi Blais, a perennial performer at the music festival, broke the news of Bostick’s death on Tuesday via email.

“I just want to let you know that Nan (Bostick) was fighting a lung cancer but that monster won the game. She died tonight  (Monday night) in peace, comfortable and no pain as her son, Will, said on his e-mail,” Blais wrote. “I will miss her so much.”

Bostick, Menlo Park, Calif.,  served as the 2012 Artist in Residence for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival the first week of February, touring numerous area schools, exposing thousands of young students to the excitement and syncopation of ragtime music.

“Ragtime was America’s first contribution to popular music. You put some blue notes in it, and you have Dixieland jazz,” she was quoted in 2010.

Her great uncle was Charles N. Daniel, a ragtime-era composer and sheet music publisher who helped Scott Joplin promote his first rag in 1899.

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