pianists were giving new life to this
1890's-1920's music. It was lively, fresh and attracted a new audience.
Ragtime was becoming popular music once again.
Don Ewell, Ralph Sutton and Dick
Wellstood are a few who played a part in the ragtime
revival. Later Dick Hyman, Bob Seeley and Max Morath
would further popularize this music. It would take the late 1960's, early 1970's
for the next ragtime revival which happened with conservatory trained pianists
playing ragtime as classical music.
But for our purposes, today, in the light of jazz, it seems appropriate that
ragtime be incorporated into or considered a forerunner of jazz. Historically,
it may be inaccurate - but functionally since jazz began, ragtime has been
performed as jazz (or popular music).