American pianist, singer, and composer who was famous during the ragtime era.
He made a harpsichord when he was 10 years old out of junk he found in this backyard.
He was known for dressing flamboyantly and would often wear a pearl gray derby, a checkered vest, an ascot tie, and a diamond stickpin.
He lived life as an openly gay man, which was something that was very rare for the time.
His work influenced the artistry of Ferdinand Jelly Roll Morton.