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 201-225 of 256 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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 789W-791W 10-in. 5/13/1925 Charleston Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick 1130W-1132W 10-in. 8/12/1925 Charleston Tennessee Tooters Jazz/dance band composer  
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 [California Ramblers] 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  
Decca 64972 10-in. 2/1/1939 My man jumped salty on me Rosetta Crawford instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 64973 10-in. 2/1/1939 Double crossin' Papa Rosetta Crawford instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 71979 4/12/1944 I've got a feeling I'm falling James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 71980 10-in. 4/12/1944 My fate is in your hands James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 71981 10-in. 4/12/1944 Ain't misbehavin' James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 71982 4/12/1944 Blue turning grey over you James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72007 10-in. 4/20/1944 I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72008 4/20/1944 Keepin' out of mischief now James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72009 10-in. 4/20/1944 Squeeze me James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72010 10-in. 4/20/1944 Honeysuckle rose James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72233 10-in. 6/8/1944 I've got a feeling I'm falling James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72234 10-in. 6/8/1944 Honeysuckle rose James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72235 10-in. 6/8/1944 Keepin' out of mischief now James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72236 10-in. 6/8/1944 My fate is in your hands James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 201-225 of 256 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, James P.," accessed February 3, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.

Johnson, James P.. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 3, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.

"Johnson, James P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 February 2023.

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