James P. Johnson

Genres: Jazz
Tags: jazz ragtime piano jazz piano stride Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Price Johnson, 1 February 1894, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, d. 17 November 1955, New York City, New York, USA. Taught piano by his mother, Johnson assimilated a wide range of musical styles. In the years following his family’s relocation to New York, he continued his studies and by his late teens was working in clubs in the Hell’s Kitchen district. Johnson was adept in ragtime, blues, and all the popular musical forms of the day. He was also a capable performer of classical music. By the early 20s Johnson was a leading light on New York’s burgeoning jazz scene and was already known for his compositions, including ‘Carolina Shout’, which demanded virtuoso technical ability. During this period Johnson became the acknowledged master of stride piano. He attracted the attention of Broadway producers and in 1923 composed the musical Runnin’ Wild, in which he introduced his composition ‘The Charleston’. He also engaged the...

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