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 176-200 of 248 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|OKeh||W403749||10-in.||2/7/1930||The dirty dozen||Lonnie Johnson ; Clarence Williams||Male vocal duet, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||W403750||10-in.||2/7/1930||Keep it to yourself||Lonnie Johnson ; Spencer Williams||Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||W404406||10-in.||8/19/1930||If I could be with you (One hour to-night)||Louis Armstrong ; Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra||Jazz/ dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|OKeh||W404453||10-in.||9/16/1930||If I could be with you (One hour tonight)||Seger Ellis||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||10829||10-in.||6/13/1923||You can’t do what my last man did||Minerva Green||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Brunswick||9133-9135||10-in.||approximately Nov. 1922||Ivy||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||11930-11933||10-in.||11/21/1923||Old-fashioned love||Benny Krueger’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E16493-E16495||10-in.||10/2/1925||The original Charleston||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Brunswick||C6101||10-in.||Aug. 1930||If I could be with you||Tom Gerun Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||songwriter|
|Brunswick||C6137||10-in.||Sept. 1930||If I could be with you||Tom Gerun Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G)||composer|
|Brunswick||C7913||10-in.||7/27/1931||I need lovin’||Jimmie Noone Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Brunswick||LAE275-LAE275A||10-in.||9/19/1928||Alabama stomp||Phil Phillips Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Brunswick||E27463||10-in.||5/1/1928||Exhortation||Jubilee Glee Club ; Johnny Vigal||Male vocal solo and vocal chorus, with piano||composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||E27534||10-in.||5/10/1928||Echoes of ole Dixie Land||Jubilee Glee Club ; Johnny Vigal||Male vocal solo and vocal chorus, with piano||songwriter, instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||E31956||10-in.||1/21/1930||Crying for the Carolines||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||E31957||10-in.||1/21/1930||What is this thing called love?||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||E31958||10-in.||1/21/1930||You’ve got to be modernistic||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||E31959||10-in.||1/21/1930||Jingles||James P. Johnson||Piano solo||composer, instrumentalist, piano|
|Edison||9223||10-in.||10/25/1923||Open your heart||Charlie Kerr Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||9362||10-in.||2/1/1924||Old fashioned love||Broadway Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Edison||10292||10-in.||4/2/1925||Charleston||Golden Gate Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||11245||10-in.||10/13/1926||Alabama stomp||Red and Miff's Stompers||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||N-1174||10-in.||10/3/1929||You don't understand||Eva Taylor||Female vocal solo, with piano||songwriter|
|Decca||64970||10-in.||2/1/1939||I'm tired of fattenin' frogs for snakes||Rosetta Crawford||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||64971||10-in.||2/1/1939||Stop it Joe||Rosetta Crawford||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, James P.," accessed March 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.
Johnson, James P.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.
"Johnson, James P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 March 2021.
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