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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 201-225 of 248 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
Vocalion E4392-E4394 10-in. 1/12/1927 Alabama stomp Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band composer  
Vocalion E4795-E4797 10-in. 4/4/1927 Oh, Malinda Rex Stewart Harlem Serenaders Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
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  
Decca 72311 10-in. 6/28/1944 Blue turning grey over you James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72312 10-in. 6/28/1944 Squeeze me James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72313 10-in. 6/28/1944 I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72314 10-in. 6/28/1944 Ain't misbehavin' (I'm saving my love for you) James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72386 10-in. 9/15/1944 Snowy morning blues James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72387 10-in. 9/15/1944 The Carolina shout James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72388 10-in. 9/15/1944 Keep off the grass James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72389 10-in. 9/15/1944 Old fashioned love James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 72390 10-in. 9/22/1944 If I could be with you (one hour tonight) James P. Johnson instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 201-225 of 248 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Johnson, James P.," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.

Johnson, James P.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103380.

"Johnson, James P.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.

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