James P. Johnson

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James P. Johnson (born James Price Johnson, also known as Jimmy 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Snowy Morning Blues James P. Johnson 1
1995 James P. Johnson & Coleman Hawkins James P. Johnson & Coleman Hawkins 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Carolina Shout James P. Johnson 1
1992 The Chronological Classics: James P. Johnson 1921-1928 James P. Johnson 1
1992 The Chronological Classics: James P. Johnson 1928-1938 James P. Johnson 1
1993 The Chronological Classics: James P. Johnson 1938-1942 James P. Johnson 1
1995 The Chronological Classics: James P. Johnson 1943-1944 James P. Johnson 1
1995 The Chronological Classics: James P. Johnson 1944 James P. Johnson 1
1995 The Chronological Classics: James P. Johnson 1944, Volume 2 James P. Johnson 1
1997 Harlem Stride Piano: 1921-1929 James P. Johnson 1
1998 The Chronological Classics: James P. Johnson 1944-1945 James P. Johnson 1
1999 The Chronological Classics: James P. Johnson 1945-1947 James P. Johnson 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 The Original James P. Johnson 1942 - 1945 Piano Solos James P. Johnson 1
Parlor Piano Solos James P. Johnson 1
The Dean James P. Johnson 1

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