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|
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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