James P. Johnson
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".
Birth and Death Data: Born February 1, 1894 (New Brunswick), Died November 17, 1955 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer, songwriter, leader, director, lyricist, banjo, guitar
Notes: Sometimes listed as Jimmy Johnson.
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 256 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-27236||10-in.||12/15/1922||Ivy (Cling to me)||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-28196||10-in.||7/17/1923||You can't do what my last man did||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Victor||B-28197||10-in.||7/17/1923||Bleeding hearted blues||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||B-28729||10-in.||10/10/1923||Charleston||Arthur Gibbs and his Gang ; Arthur Gibbs||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-28730||10-in.||10/10/1923||Old-fashioned love||Arthur Gibbs and his Gang ; Arthur Gibbs||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-29189||10-in.||1/8/1924||Old fashioned love||Eubie Blake ; Noble Sissle||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-32576||10-in.||5/7/1925||Charleston||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35992||10-in.||9/13/1926||Alabama stomp||Gus C. Edwards Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37259||10-in.||12/17/1926||I need lovin'||Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-42566||10-in.||3/27/1928||Willow tree||Louisiana Sugar Babes||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-42567||10-in.||3/27/1928||'Sippi||Louisiana Sugar Babes||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Victor||BVE-42568||10-in.||3/27/1928||Thou swell||Louisiana Sugar Babes||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-42569||10-in.||3/27/1928||Persian rug||Louisiana Sugar Babes||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-43359||10-in.||3/14/1928||Give me the sunshine||Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57434||10-in.||11/20/1929||Your love is all that I crave||Johnny Hamp ; Kentucky Serenaders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-57527||10-in.||11/6/1929||I'm lonesome, sweetheart||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-57528||10-in.||11/6/1929||I want you just myself||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-57529||10-in.||11/6/1929||I can't stop loving you||King Oliver Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-57701||10-in.||11/18/1929||You don't understand||Jimmie Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||instrumentalist, piano, composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-57702||10-in.||11/18/1929||You've got to be modernistic||Jimmie Johnson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||instrumentalist, piano, composer, director|
|Victor||BVE-57782||10-in.||12/16/1929||What makes me love you so||Eva Taylor||Female vocal solo, with piano and cornet||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-57783||10-in.||12/16/1929||You don't understand||Eva Taylor||Female vocal solo, with piano and cornet||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Victor||BVE-58545||10-in.||1/31/1930||If I could be with you one hour to-night||McKinney's Cotton Pickers ; George Thomas||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-62178||10-in.||6/2/1930||Goose and gander||Teddy Bunn ; Spencer Williams||Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-62179||10-in.||6/2/1930||The new goose and gander||Teddy Bunn ; Spencer Williams||Male vocal duet, with piano, guitar, and washboard||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, James P.," accessed December 8, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.
Johnson, James P.. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 8, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.
"Johnson, James P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 8 December 2022.
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