James P. Johnson

Born 1 February 1894. Died 17 November 1955
James P. Johnson
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1894-02-01
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James P. Johnson

James P. Johnson Biography (BBC)

Known to his Harlem colleagues as 'The Brute', Johnson was the 'dean' of the New York school of jazz pianists who specialised in the style known as stride - derived from ragtime, but with more jazz timing and a repertoire of brilliant improvisational effects that were skilfully incorporated into almost every performance.

Johnson's classically-inspired technique, his setpiece compositions such as Carolina Shout, and his mastery of the cutting contest or competitive jam session combined to make him the most revered of this group of players, that also included his contemporaries Willie The Lion Smith and Luckey Roberts, plus his pupil Fats Waller.

He worked in New York from around 1913, and he cut many piano rolls (starting in 1916) and a series of solo piano recordings, beginning in 1921. In these he proved he was a first-rate composer as well as pianist, and he began writing musicals for the Broadway stage in the early 1920s. These included many of his best-known songs, of which the most famous of all was The Charleston, from his show Runnin' Wild.

He also wrote orchestral pieces, as well as an opera with words by the poet Langston Hughes. Johnson led his own bands on record in the 1920s, made some important discs for the French critic Hugues Panassie in the 1930s (with trumpeter Frankie Newton), and recorded with many bands in the 1940s, including the house group on Rudi Blesh's radio show This Is Jazz. He suffered a stroke in 1951 that ended his playing career.

James P. Johnson Biography (Wikipedia)

James Price Johnson (February 1, 1894 – November 17, 1955) was an American pianist and composer. A pioneer of the stride style of jazz piano, he was one of the most important pianists who bridged the ragtime and jazz eras, and, with Jelly Roll Morton, one of the two most important catalysts in the evolution of ragtime piano into jazz. As such, he was a model for Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, and Fats Waller.

Johnson composed many hit tunes including the theme song of the Roaring Twenties; "Charleston" and "If I Could be With You One Hour Tonight" and remained the acknowledged king of New York jazz pianists through most of the 1930s. Johnson's artistry, his significance in the subsequent development of jazz piano, and his large contribution to American musical theatre, are often overlooked, and as such, he has been referred to by Reed College musicologist David Schiff, as "The Invisible Pianist".

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Victory Stride
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Victory Stride
James P. Johnson
Night Club (Harlem Symphony)
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Night Club (Harlem Symphony)
James P. Johnson
Yamekraw - Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
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Yamekraw - Rhapsody for piano & orchestra
James P. Johnson
Subway Journey (Harlem Symphony)
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Subway Journey (Harlem Symphony)
James P. Johnson
Yellow Dog Blues
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Yellow Dog Blues

Yellow Dog Blues

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Katherine Handy Lewis
James P. Johnson
The Charleston
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The Charleston
James P. Johnson
The Charleston
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The Charleston
James P. Johnson
Harlem Symphony - Night Club
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Harlem Symphony - Night Club
James P. Johnson
Look What A Fool I've Been
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Look What A Fool I've Been
James P. Johnson
Concerto Jazz A Mine
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Concerto Jazz A Mine
James P. Johnson
Blue Note Boogie
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Blue Note Boogie
James P. Johnson
Lucy Long
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Lucy Long
James P. Johnson
Carolina Balmoral
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Carolina Balmoral
James P. Johnson
Jingles
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Jingles
James P. Johnson
Snowy Morning Blues
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Snowy Morning Blues
James P. Johnson
If You've Never Been Vamped
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If You've Never Been Vamped
James P. Johnson
After You've Gone
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After You've Gone
James P. Johnson
Victory Stride
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Victory Stride
James P. Johnson
Victory Stride (Proms 2015)
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Victory Stride (Proms 2015)

Victory Stride (Proms 2015)

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James P. Johnson
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Jason Moran, Jason Moran & James P. Johnson
You've Got To Be Modernistic
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You've Got To Be Modernistic

You've Got To Be Modernistic

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Jason Moran
Composer
Jason Moran
James P. Johnson
Caprice Rag
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Caprice Rag
James P. Johnson
Mule Walk
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Mule Walk
James P. Johnson & James P. Johnson
You've Got To Be Modernistic
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You've Got To Be Modernistic
James P. Johnson
Backwater Blues
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Backwater Blues
James P. Johnson
Riffs
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Riffs
James P. Johnson
Worried and Lonesome Blues
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Worried and Lonesome Blues
James P. Johnson
Keep Off The Grass
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Keep Off The Grass
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Victory stride for orchestra
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Victory stride for orchestra
Henry “Red” Allen
Sweet Like This
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Sweet Like This
New Orleans Feetwarmers, Tommy Ladnier, New Orleans Feetwarmers, Sidney Bechet, James P. Johnson, Freddie Green, Walter Page & Jo Jones
Weary Blues
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Weary Blues

Weary Blues

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New Orleans Feetwarmers, Tommy Ladnier, New Orleans Feetwarmers, Sidney Bechet, James P. Johnson, Freddie Green, Walter Page & Jo Jones
James P. Johnson
Charleston
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Charleston
James P. Johnson , p. 25 February 1927 & James P. Johnson
Snowy Morning Blues
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Snowy Morning Blues

Snowy Morning Blues

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James P. Johnson , p. 25 February 1927 & James P. Johnson
James P. Johnson
Victory stride for orchestra (feat. Marin Alsop & The Concordia Orchestra)
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Victory stride for orchestra (feat. Marin Alsop & The Concordia Orchestra)
James P. Johnson
Victory stride for orchestra
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Victory stride for orchestra
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