Since the 1980s, US artist Jim Ragland has been composing and producing incidental, scene change and underscoring music for the professional theater. Projects have included tiny fringe theaters as well as The Kennedy Center. Credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production, "The Kentucky Cycle," and 100s of other shows - like Shakespeare, Chekhov, August Wilson, and Sam Shepard. With dozens of Spotlight Awards from The Seattle Times, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Theater Puget Sound, Variety says: “[Jim Ragland] creates worlds that capture the imagination."
Jim Ragland creates music that is perfectly aligned with a project's story line, and is a genius at combining styles, ethnicities and periods to come up with something that sounds familiar and catchy, but is still original.
Comic song about finding the AARP magazine on my porch, with a hilarious monolog by Gospel singer Rev Patrinelle Wright and a comic guitar lesson. New Orleans feel. Male Vocals, Americana Music, Americana Roots
A bright, cheerful violin melody over a Broadway-style 30's piano. Very stylish and elegant, evokes beautiful people in evening gowns and tuxedos getting into expensive cars. Great commercial music for luxury products like perfume, cars. Instrumental, Dramatic Music, Whimsical Music
A 20s/30s show music feel ala Gershwin by way of Danny Elfman, with clarinet and sax over piano and percussion. Could be great in a cartoon or a period piece. Nice ritard at the end makes it a great transition, Instrumental, Dramatic Music, Broadway Music
Cornball sword fighting music with a tango-flavored violin and piano. Errol Flynn saves the day. Silent film, campy damsel in distress, hero music, wild chase, dodging bullets, 30s and 40s parody. Instrumental, Dramatic Music, Broadway Music
Down home Louisiana, Mississippi, Delta Blues... Good ole boy music, pickup trucks, bar fights, beefing, possum hunting, going fishing, mischievous teens, tweens. Instrumental, Blues Music, Country Blues
Joyful gospel-flavored hand-clapper with great trumpet (Pink Martini's Gavin Bondy) & organ solos. Easy to edit to feature your favorite solos. Same feel as "Jesus Be a Fence" Old fashioned 1940s 1950s, slick, fun, bouncy, lively, exciting, foot-stomping music. African American commercial, romcom, Instrumental, Blues Music, Chicago Blues
A belly-dancing piece for two mandolins and percussion. structurally repetitative, done to click, easily edited. Dynamically simple but melodically infectious, makes a great background. Instrumental, Middle East Music, Bellydance Music