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 26-50 of 248 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-62180||10-in.||6/2/1930||Clean it out||Teddy Bunn ; Spencer Williams||Male vocal duet, with piano, guitar, and washboard||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-62181||10-in.||6/2/1930||Blow it up||Teddy Bunn ; Spencer Williams||Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-62920||10-in.||10/29/1930||If I could be with you one hour to-night||Hurley Kaylor||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-63622||10-in.||9/4/1930||If I could be with you (one hour tonight)||Gene Austin||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-64070||10-in.||3/2/1931||I need lovin'||Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||ABRC-68236||10-in.||6/11/1931||When I can't be with you||Fred Armstrong and his Syncopators||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-69023||10-in.||5/8/1931||A porter's love song to a chambermaid||Washboard Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BRC-69025||10-in.||5/8/1931||Misery||Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BRC-69683||10-in.||6/3/1931||Thumpin' 'n' bumpin'||Eubie Blake’s Orchestra ; Dick Robertson||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BRC-70109||10-in.||7/1/1931||When I can't be with you||Carolina Dandies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BVE-72617||10-in.||5/4/1932||Old fashioned love in my heart||Joe Haymes Orchestra ; Jimmy Underwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-75999||10-in.||8/1/1933||Got that old fashioned love in my heart||Herb Cook and his Three Little Words||Vocal quartet, with piano||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-82392||10-in.||5/7/1934||Old fashioned love||Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-82526||10-in.||5/16/1934||A porter's love song to a chambermaid||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-94133||10-in.||8/26/1935||Old fashioned love||Harlem Seven ; Jasper Thomas ; Kirby Walker||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-96504||10-in.||11/22/1935||If I could be with you (One hour tonight)||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-99161||10-in.||2/16/1936||Stop that dog (He's goin' mad)||Hotel Charlotte Orchestra ; Bob Pope ; Dixie Lee Sothern||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-03840||10-in.||12/24/1936||Havin' a ball||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-028988||10-in.||11/21/1938||Revolutionary blues||Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-028989||10-in.||11/21/1938||Comin' on with the come on||Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-028990||10-in.||11/21/1938||Comin' on with the come on||Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-028991||10-in.||11/21/1938||Swingin' for "Mezz"||Mezz Mezzrow Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-031258||10-in.||1/9/1939||You, you, you||Les Brown Orchestra ; Herb Muse||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-031260||10-in.||1/9/1939||Harlem woogie||Les Brown Orchestra ; Herb Muse||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-031460||10-in.||1/13/1939||Rosetta||Frankie Newton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||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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