Albert Ammons

Born 23 September 1907. Died 2 December 1949
Albert Ammons
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1907-09-23
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Albert Ammons

Albert Ammons Biography (BBC)

A Chicagoan through and through, Ammons was a pioneer of the city's popular boogie woogie piano style, which had been brought there from the South by his father's generation. He learned from his father at the family pianola, and by studying with his school friend Meade 'Lux' Lewis, who also became a boogie woogie star.

The two took jobs as cab drivers together , having a piano installed at the depot for them to play in their time off, and they worked the 'rent party' circuit. Ammons then played to entertain travellers on the trains that plied between Chicago and the South, and he worked in several Chicagoan bands in the early 1930s. In 1934 he formed his own group, which went on to make some powerful records.

By 1938 he moved to New York , and became a celebrity through playing piano duets with Kansas City-born Pete Johnson. They starred at Carnegie Hall and the downtown Café Society, often being joined by Lewis to make up a storming boogie trio. Although Ammons injured a finger in a cooking accident, and briefly suffered from a type of paralysis, he continued to work throughout the 1940s, mainly as a soloist back in Chicago, playing his distinctive, energetic brand of piano, with its suggestions of train-rides, rent parties and the down home blues, all mixed together. His son Gene (1925-1974) became a well-known hard-bop tenor saxophonist, playing in the bands of Billy Eckstine and Woody Herman.

Albert Ammons Biography (Wikipedia)

Albert Clifton Ammons (March 1, 1907 – December 3, 1949) was an American pianist and player of boogie-woogie, a bluesy jazz style popular from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s.

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Swanee River Boogie
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Swanee River Boogie
Albert Ammons
Chicago In Mind
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Chicago In Mind
Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson & Meade Lux Lewis & Albert Ammons
Boogie Woogie Prayer Part 1
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Boogie Woogie Prayer Part 1

Boogie Woogie Prayer Part 1

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Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson & Meade Lux Lewis
Albert Ammons
Shout For Joy
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Shout For Joy
Albert Ammons
Margie
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Margie
Albert Ammons
Oh Lady Be Good
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Oh Lady Be Good
Meade Lux Lewis
Nagasaki
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Nagasaki

Nagasaki

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Meade Lux Lewis
Albert Ammons
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Port of Harlem Six, Teddy Bunn, Sid Catlett Quartet, Johnny Williams, Frank Newton, J.C. Higginbotham & Albert Ammons
Mighty Blues
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Mighty Blues

Mighty Blues

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Port of Harlem Six
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Albert Ammons
Barrelhouse Boogie
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Barrelhouse Boogie
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Rock Me
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Rock Me
Albert Ammons
Bass Goin’ Crazy
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Bass Goin’ Crazy
Dalbert Bright, Jimmy Hoskins, Albert Ammons, Guy Kelly, Ike Perkins & Israel Crosby
Nagasaki
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Nagasaki

Nagasaki

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Dalbert Bright, Jimmy Hoskins, Albert Ammons, Guy Kelly, Ike Perkins & Israel Crosby
Albert Ammons
Foot Pedal Boogie (feat. Pete Johnson)
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Foot Pedal Boogie (feat. Pete Johnson)
Big Bill Broonzy
Done Got Wise (feat. Albert Ammons)
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Done Got Wise (feat. Albert Ammons)
Albert Ammons
Boogie Woogie Stomp
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Boogie Woogie Stomp
Albert Ammons
In A Little Spanish Town
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In A Little Spanish Town
Albert Ammons
Early Morning Blues
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Early Morning Blues
Albert Ammons
Bedroom Blues
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Bedroom Blues
Albert Ammons
The Brakes
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The Brakes
Albert Ammons
Boogie Woogie Prayer Parts 1 and 2 (feat. Pete Johnson & Meade Lux Lewis)
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Boogie Woogie Prayer Parts 1 and 2 (feat. Pete Johnson & Meade Lux Lewis)
Albert Ammons
S.P. Blues
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S.P. Blues
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Jammin' the Boogie
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Jammin' the Boogie
Albert Ammons
Dying Mother Blues
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Dying Mother Blues
Albert Ammons
Boogie Woogie At The Civic Opera
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Boogie Woogie At The Civic Opera
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