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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 76-100 of 248 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W142172 10-in. 5/8/1926 You for me, me for you Dixie Washboard Band ; Shufflin' Sam Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W142721 10-in. 10/3/1926 Alabama stomp Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 142847 10-in. 10/20/1926 Alabama stomp Dixie Stompers Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W142889 10-in. 10/29/1926 Original black bottom dance Sadie Jackson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W142890 10-in. 10/29/1926 Nobody worries 'bout me Sadie Jackson Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W143126 10-in. 11/19/1926 I need lovin' Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 143150 10-in. 11/26/1926 I need lovin' Arthur Fields ; Manhattan Dance Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W143490 10-in. 2/17/1927 Preachin' the blues James P. Johnson ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W143491 10-in. 2/17/1927 Back water blues James P. Johnson ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W143531 10-in. 2/25/1927 All that I had is gone James P. Johnson Piano solo instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W143532 10-in. 2/25/1927 Snowy morning blues James P. Johnson Piano solo composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W143543 10-in. 2/26/1927 Alabama stomp Charles Kaley Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano composer  
Columbia W143735 10-in. 4/1/1927 Sweet mistreater Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Columbia W143736 10-in. 4/1/1927 Lock and key James P. Johnson ; Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Columbia 144214 10-in. 5/24/1927 Oh Malinda Te Roy Williams Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W144621 10-in. 9/2/1927 Skiddle de scow Johnson's Jazzers Male vocal and instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Columbia W144622 10-in. 9/2/1927 Can I get it now? Johnson's Jazzers Male vocal and instrumental trio instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Columbia W146417 10-in. 6/8/1928 Somethin' goin' on wrong Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Columbia W146420 10-in. 6/9/1928 Desert blues Martha Copeland Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146539 10-in. 6/18/1928 Chicago blues Jimmy Johnson Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
Columbia W146540 10-in. 6/18/1928 Mournful tho'ts Jimmy Johnson Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, composer  
Columbia W146559 10-in. 6/20/1928 Georgia's always on my mind Roy Evans Male vocal solo, with alto saxophone and piano songwriter  
Columbia W146761 10-in. 7/20/1928 My woman done me wrong (As far as I am concerned) James P. Johnson ; Clarence Williams Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146762 10-in. 7/20/1928 Farm hand papa James P. Johnson ; Clarence Williams Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W146871 10-in. 8/21/1928 Lonesome swallow James P. Johnson ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 76-100 of 248 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, James P.," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.

Johnson, James P.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.

"Johnson, James P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.

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