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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 1st, 1894 (New Brunswick), Died November 17th, 1955 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer, songwriter, leader, director, lyricist, banjo, guitar

Notes: Sometimes listed as Jimmy Johnson.

Recordings (Results 226-248 of 248 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 72391 10-in. 9/22/1944 A porter's love song to a chambermaid James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72392 10-in. 9/22/1944 Over the bars James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72393 10-in. 9/22/1944 Riffs James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73647 7/17/1946 Just you, just me-1 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 73648 7/17/1946 Atlanta blues -1 Eddie Condon Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Vocalion 789W-791W 10-in. 5/13/1925 Charleston Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Vocalion 1130W-1132W 10-in. 8/12/1925 Charleston Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band composer  
Decca BOB-5 6/7/1944 Oh, lady be good Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, piano  
Decca BOB-6 6/7/1944 Noteworthy blues Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, piano  
Decca BT-101 6/7/1944 I've found a new baby Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, piano  
Decca BT-102 6/7/1944 Jazz me blues Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1901 10-in. 11/20/1942 Squeeze me Eddie Condon's Barrelhouse Gang instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1902 10-in. 11/20/1943 That's a plenty Eddie Condon's Barrelhouse Gang instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1903 11/20/1943 Yank's blues-1 Eddie Condon's Barrelhouse Gang instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1904 11/20/1943 Old fashioned love-1,2 Eddie Condon's Barrelhouse Gang instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1909 10-in. 12/18/1943 Squeeze me Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1910 10-in. 12/18/1943 When I grow too old to dream Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1911 10-in. 12/18/1943 Too many times Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1912 10-in. 12/18/1943 The sheik of Araby Yank Lawson and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1913 10-in. 12/18/1943 Old fashioned love James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1914 10-in. 12/18/1943 Blueberry rhyme James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1915 10-in. 12/18/1943 Blues for Fats James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca T-1916 10-in. 12/18/1943 Over the bars James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 226-248 of 248 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, James P.," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.

Johnson, James P.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.

"Johnson, James P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380

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