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 (Results 51-75 of 256 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-031461||10-in.||1/13/1939||Minor jive||Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-031462||10-in.||1/13/1939||The world is waiting for the sunrise||Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-031463||10-in.||1/13/1939||Who?||Frankie Newton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-031464||10-in.||1/13/1939||The blues my baby gave to me||Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-031465||10-in.||1/13/1939||Romping (Romping at Victor)||Frankie Newton Orchestra ; Hugues Panassié||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BS-035709||10-in.||4/6/1939||I've got an old fashioned love in my heart||Benny Goodman Quartet||Jazz/dance quartet, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-044597||10-in.||1/12/1940||Swinga-dilla Street||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-063889||10-in.||5/13/1941||Carolina shout||Fats Waller||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-071198||10-in.||10/22/1941||Uncle Sammy here I am||Clarence Williams’ Blue Five||Female-male vocal duet, with jazz/dance quartet||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Victor||D9VB-2522||10-in.||11/15/1949||Old fashioned love||Four Tunes||Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1922-01-23-06]||10-in.||1/23/1922||Four A. M. shout||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||80672||10-in.||11/14/1922||Ivy||Yerkes' S. S. Flotilla Orchestra [i.e., Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra]||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||80877||10-in.||2/28/1923||Papa blues||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||80878||10-in.||2/28/1923||Railroad man||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||80879||10-in.||2/28/1923||Caprice||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Columbia||80880||10-in.||2/28/1923||Glory shout||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Columbia||81099||10-in.||6/28/1923||Weeping blues||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Columbia||81100||10-in.||6/28/1923||Worried and lonesome blues||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Columbia||81198||10-in.||9/6/1923||Don't never tell nobody||Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano||composer|
|Columbia||81200||10-in.||9/7/1923||Old fashioned love||Frank Crumit||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||81341||10-in.||11/9/1923||You can't do what my last man did||Bessie Brown ; George W. Williams||Female-male vocal duet ("blues singers"), with piano||composer|
|Columbia||81361||10-in.||11/17/1923||Old fashioned love||Georgians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||49402||12-in.||5/6/1918||Mama's blues||Jockers Brothers||Violin and piano duet||songwriter|
|Columbia||W140514||10-in.||4/10/1925||The original Charleston||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Columbia||W140864||10-in.||8/25/1925||You can't do what my last man did||Ebony Four ; Ethel Waters||Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with bass saxophone, cornet, and piano||songwriter|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, James P.," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.
Johnson, James P.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.
"Johnson, James P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.
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