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 were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 76-100 of 256 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||141201||10-in.||10/27/1925||Everybody's doin' the Charleston now||Original Indiana Five||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, James P.," accessed February 4, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.
Johnson, James P.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 4, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.
"Johnson, James P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 4 February 2023.
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