James Price Johnson

James Price Johnson

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James Price Johnson
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Jazz pianist born February 1, 1894, New Brunswick, New Jersey, died November 17, 1955, Jamaica New York

James P. Johnson was an important transitional figure between ragtime and jazz piano styles. His style became known as Stride. As a boy, Johnson studied Classical music and Ragtime. He started playing professionally in a sporting house, and then progressed to rent parties, bars and vaudeville. He eventually became known as the best piano player on the East Coast and was widely utilized as an accompanist on over 400 recordings and from 1916 on, produced hundreds of piano rolls under his own name. He backed up many of the Classic Blues singers of the 1920s, such as Ida Cox, Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith.
Johnson's 1921 recording of Carolina Shout is considered to be the first recorded Jazz piano solo by some critics, although it sounds a lot like Ragtime to this listener's ears. He wrote several musical revues, including "Running Wild" and "Plantation Days" and his 1928 collaboration with his former piano student Fats Waller, "Keep Shufflin'". His song Charleston from "Running Wild" was one of the best known and most widely recorded songs of 1920s.
Other hits included "Old Fashioned Love" and "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)". Johnson composed several symphonic works, which include "Yamecraw: A Negro Rhapsody" (1928), "Tone Poem" (1930), "Symphony Harlem " (1932), a symphonic version of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" (1937), and the one-act opera "De Organizer" (1940), with lyrics by Langston Hughes. None of his symphonic works were very popular and have seldom been performed. Johnson is generally considered the "Father of the Stride" piano, and was a major influence on some of Jazz's great pianists such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Thelonious Monk.
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James Price Johnson Discography

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A-446 James Price Johnson Fats Waller Favorites(Shellac, 10", Album, Mono) Decca A-446 US 1946 Sell This Version
C 130 Various, James Price Johnson Various, James Price Johnson - Boogie Woogie Vol. 2(4xShellac, 10", Album) Columbia C 130 US 1947 Sell This Version
LA 8548 James Price Johnson Daddy Of The Piano(10", Album, Mono) Brunswick LA 8548 UK 1950 Sell This Version
DL 5190 James Price Johnson The Daddy Of The Piano(10", Album, Mono) Decca DL 5190 US 1950 Sell This Version
BLP 7011 James P. Johnson* Stomps Rags And Blues - Rent Party Piano(LP, Mono) Blue Note BLP 7011 US 1951 Sell This Version
AL 3511 James Price Johnson Early Harlem Piano(10", Album, Mono) London Records AL 3511 UK 1954 Sell This Version
Sidney Bechet, Vernon Brown, Baby Dodds, Pops Foster, Art Hodes, James Price Johnson, Mezz Mezzrow, Miff Mole, Pee Wee Russell, Muggzy Spanier, George Wettling, J. Windhurst Sidney Bechet, Vernon Brown, Baby Dodds, Pops Foster, Art Hodes, James Price Johnson, Mezz Mezzrow, Miff Mole, Pee Wee Russell, Muggzy Spanier, George Wettling, J. Windhurst - Jazz of the Forties: Volume One (Album) Folkways Records US 1960 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson Father Of The Stride Piano Columbia UK 1962 Sell This Version
FJ 2842 James P. Johnson* Yamekraw - An Original Composition By James P. Johnson(LP, Album) Folkways Records FJ 2842 US 1962 Sell This Version
James P. Johnson* New York Jazz (Album) Stinson Records US 1963 Sell This Version
James P. Johnson* Piano Solos (Comp) Joker (2) Italy 1971 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson 1917 - Vol 2 Biograph Records US 1972 Sell This Version
James P. Johnson* The Original James P. Johnson (Album) Folkways Records US 1973 Sell This Version
James P. Johnson* Daddy Of The Stride Piano (Album) MCA Records Japan 1974 Sell This Version
James P. Johnson* 1921-1926 (Comp, Album) Olympic Records (4), Olympic Records (4) US 1974 Sell This Version
M 33706 James P. Johnson* - Dick Hyman James P. Johnson* - Dick Hyman - Charleston(LP, Album, Promo) Columbia Masterworks M 33706 US 1975 Sell This Version
Sounds 1204 James P. Johnson* Father Of The Stride Piano(LP) Sounds (2) Sounds 1204 US 1980 Sell This Version
MCA-1332 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton*, James Price Johnson, Clarence "Pinetop" Smith Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton*, James Price Johnson, Clarence "Pinetop" Smith - Piano In Style (1926-1930)(LP) MCA Records MCA-1332 US 1980 Sell This Version
James P. Johnson*, William Albright James P. Johnson*, William Albright - The Symphonic Jazz Of James P. Johnson (Album, Comp) Musical Heritage Society US 1983 Sell This Version
849 James P. Johnson* 1928-31(LP) Swaggie Records 849 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
BCD 105 James P. Johnson* Carolina Shout(CD, Album) Biograph Records BCD 105 US 1988 Sell This Version
GRD-604 James P. Johnson* Snowy Morning Blues(CD, Album) Decca Jazz GRD-604 US 1991 Sell This Version
CLASSICS 658 James Price Johnson 1921- 1928(CD) The Chronological Classics CLASSICS 658 France 1992 Sell This Version
5185151 Scott Joplin, James Price Johnson Scott Joplin, James Price Johnson - Rag'time(CD) Jazz Heritage Society 5185151 USA & Canada 1994 Sell This Version
708 Omer Simeon Trio With James P. Johnson* Omer Simeon Trio With James P. Johnson* - Omer Simeon Trio With James P. Johnson(2xShellac, 10", Album, Mono) Disc Records 708 US Unknown Sell This Version