|Tags:||boogie woogie jazz blues piano rhythm and blues jazz piano boogie|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
25 March 1904, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 23 March 1967, Buffalo, New York, USA. After playing drums when a teenager, Johnson switched to piano in 1926 and swiftly became a leading exponent of the blues. He was also an excellent accompanist to blues singers; especially Joe Turner, with whom he established a partnership that lasted for the rest of his life. In 1936 the ubiquitous John Hammond Jnr. brought Johnson and Turner to New York where they played at the Famous Door. Two years later Johnson played at one of Hammonds Spirituals To Swing concerts at Carnegie Hall and later performed and recorded with Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis as the Boogie Woogie Trio. During the 40s, Johnson continued his solo career, interspersed with engagements with Ammons and, often, Joe Turner. In the 50s Johnson toured the USA and Europe and made several records with Turner and with Jimmy Rushing.
As a blues and boogie-woogie pianist,...