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 151-175 of 256 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||S-70351||10-in.||12/5/1921||Bandana days||Harmony Eight ; James P. Johnson||Jazz/dance band||leader|
|OKeh||S-71152||10-in.||Jan. 1923||Ivy (Cling to me)||Rega Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-71654||10-in.||June 1923||You just can't have no one man by yourself||Sara Martin ; Clarence Williams||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-71741||10-in.||8/8/1923||Scouting around||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|OKeh||S-71742||10-in.||8/8/1923||Toddlin'||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|OKeh||S-72028||10-in.||Nov. 1923||Old fashioned love||Lawrence Lomax ; Eva Taylor||Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet||composer|
|OKeh||S-72029||10-in.||Nov. 1923||Open your heart||Lawrence Lomax ; Eva Taylor||Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet||songwriter|
|OKeh||S-72041||10-in.||Nov. 1923||Old fashioned love||Clarence Williams’ Blue Five||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-72347||10-in.||Feb. 1924||The weepin' blues||Henry Whitter||Harmonica solo||composer|
|OKeh||73736||10-in.||10/25/1925||Everybody's doin' the Charleston||Okeh Syncopators||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||73937||10-in.||1/19/1926||Sun to sun blues||James P. Johnson ; Lonnie Johnson||Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||73938||10-in.||1/19/1926||Bed of sand||James P. Johnson ; Lonnie Johnson||Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||73944||10-in.||1/20/1926||Nile of Genago||James P. Johnson ; Lonnie Johnson||Guitar duet||instrumentalist, guitar|
|OKeh||73945||10-in.||1/20/1926||Five o'clock blues||Lonnie Johnson||Instrumental trio||instrumentalist, banjo|
|OKeh||73946||10-in.||1/20/1926||Johnson's trio stomp||James P. Johnson ; Lonnie Johnson||Violin and piano duet||instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||74253||10-in.||8/11/1926||You for me, me for you (From now on)||Alberta Hunter||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|OKeh||W80262||10-in.||12/24/1926||I need lovin'||Russell Douglas [Lem Cleg] ; The Goofus Five||Jazz/dance ensemble, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||W80413||10-in.||2/10/1927||If I could be with you||Clarence Williams’ Blue Five ; Eva Taylor||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||W401565||10-in.||1/29/1929||Riffs||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|OKeh||W401566||10-in.||1/29/1929||Feelin' blue||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||W401635||10-in.||2/21/1929||Put your mind right on it||Butterbeans & Susie||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||songwriter|
|OKeh||W403533||10-in.||12/19/1929||You've got to be modernistic||Great Day New Orleans Singers ; James P. Johnson ; Clarence Williams||Mixed vocal chorus, with piano, clapping, and talk||composer, lyricist, leader, instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||W403534||10-in.||12/19/1929||Shout on||Great Day New Orleans Singers ; James P. Johnson ; Clarence Williams||Male vocal solo, with mixed vocal chorus, with piano||composer, leader, instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||W403596||10-in.||1/8/1930||Once or twice||Lonnie Johnson ; Spencer Williams||Male vocal duet, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||W403597||10-in.||1/8/1930||Monkey and the baboon||Lonnie Johnson ; Spencer Williams||Male vocal duet, with guitar, piano, and woodblocks||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, James P.," accessed February 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.
Johnson, James P.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.
"Johnson, James P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 February 2023.
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