James Price Johnson

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James Price Johnson
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Jazz pianist born February 1, 1894, New Brunswick, New Jersey, died November 17, 1955, Jamaica New York

James P. Johnson was an important transitional figure between ragtime and jazz piano styles. His style became known as Stride. As a boy, Johnson studied Classical music and Ragtime. He started playing professionally in a sporting house, and then progressed to rent parties, bars and vaudeville. He eventually became known as the best piano player on the East Coast and was widely utilized as an accompanist on over 400 recordings and from 1916 on, produced hundreds of piano rolls under his own name. He backed up many of the Classic Blues singers of the 1920s, such as Ida Cox, Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith.
Johnson's 1921 recording of Carolina Shout is considered to be the first recorded Jazz piano solo by some critics, although it sounds a lot like Ragtime to this listener's ears. He wrote several musical revues, including "Running Wild" and "Plantation Days" and his 1928 collaboration with his former piano student Fats Waller, "Keep Shufflin'". His song Charleston from "Running Wild" was one of the best known and most widely recorded songs of 1920s.
Other hits included "Old Fashioned Love" and "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)". Johnson composed several symphonic works, which include "Yamecraw: A Negro Rhapsody" (1928), "Tone Poem" (1930), "Symphony Harlem " (1932), a symphonic version of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" (1937), and the one-act opera "De Organizer" (1940), with lyrics by Langston Hughes. None of his symphonic works were very popular and have seldom been performed. Johnson is generally considered the "Father of the Stride" piano, and was a major influence on some of Jazz's great pianists such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and Thelonious Monk. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
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James Price Johnson Discography Tracks

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James Price Johnson - Fats Waller Favorites album art James P. Johnson* Fats Waller Favorites (Album) Decca US 1946 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - The Daddy Of The Piano album art James P. Johnson* The Daddy Of The Piano (Album) Decca UK 1950 Sell This Version
BLP 7011 James Price Johnson - Stomps Rags And Blues - Rent Party Piano album art James P. Johnson* Stomps Rags And Blues - Rent Party Piano(LP, Mono) Blue Note BLP 7011 US 1951 Sell This Version
AL 3511 James Price Johnson - Early Harlem Piano album art James P. Johnson* Early Harlem Piano(10", Album, Mono) London Records AL 3511 UK 1954 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - Harlem Party Piano album art James P. Johnson*, Luckey Roberts* James P. Johnson*, Luckey Roberts* - Harlem Party Piano (Album) Riverside Records US 1956 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - Jazz Of The Forties: Volume One album art Sidney Bechet, Vernon Brown, Baby Dodds, Pops Foster, Art Hodes, James P. Johnson*, Mezz Mezzrow, Miff Mole, Pee Wee Russell, Muggzy Spanier*, George Wettling, J. Windhurst* Sidney Bechet, Vernon Brown, Baby Dodds, Pops Foster, Art Hodes, James P. Johnson*, Mezz Mezzrow, Miff Mole, Pee Wee Russell, Muggzy Spanier*, George Wettling, J. Windhurst* - Jazz Of The Forties: Volume One (Album) Folkways Records US 1960 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - Father Of The Stride Piano album art James Price Johnson Father Of The Stride Piano Columbia UK 1962 Sell This Version
FJ 2842 James Price Johnson - Yamekraw - An Original Composition By James P. Johnson album art James P. Johnson* Yamekraw - An Original Composition By James P. Johnson(LP, Album) Folkways Records FJ 2842 US 1962 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - New York Jazz album art James P. Johnson* New York Jazz (Album) Stinson Records US 1963 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - Piano Solos album art James P. Johnson* Piano Solos (Comp) Joker (2) Italy 1971 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - 1917 - Vol 2 album art James P. Johnson* 1917 - Vol 2 (Comp) Biograph US 1972 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - The Original James P. Johnson album art James P. Johnson* The Original James P. Johnson (Album) Folkways Records US 1973 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - 1921-1926 album art James P. Johnson* 1921-1926 (Comp, Album) Olympic Records (4), Olympic Records (4) US 1974 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - Daddy Of The Stride Piano album art James P. Johnson* Daddy Of The Stride Piano (Album, Comp) MCA Records Japan 1974 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - At His Rare Of All Rarest Performances Vol. 1 album art James P. Johnson* At His Rare Of All Rarest Performances Vol. 1 Kings Of Jazz Italy 1975 Sell This Version
James P. Johnson* - Dick Hyman James P. Johnson* - Dick Hyman - Charleston (Album) Columbia Masterworks US 1975 Sell This Version
SM0004 James Price Johnson - Ragtime Back to Back album art James Price Johnson / Scott Joplin James Price Johnson / Scott Joplin - Ragtime Back to Back(LP) The University Of Michigan SM0004 US 1976 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - The Symphonic Jazz Of James P. Johnson album art James P. Johnson*, William Albright James P. Johnson*, William Albright - The Symphonic Jazz Of James P. Johnson (Album, Comp) Musical Heritage Society US 1983 Sell This Version
MMD 60066A James Price Johnson - The Symphonic Jazz Of James P. Johnson album art James P. Johnson*, William Albright James P. Johnson*, William Albright - The Symphonic Jazz Of James P. Johnson(CD, Album) Musicmasters MMD 60066A US 1985 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - Carolina Shout album art James P. Johnson* Carolina Shout (Album) Biograph US 1988 Sell This Version
465651 2, 01-465651-10 James Price Johnson - From Ragtime To Jazz: Complete Piano Solos 1921-39 album art James P. Johnson* From Ragtime To Jazz: Complete Piano Solos 1921-39(CD, Album) CBS, CBS 465651 2, 01-465651-10 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - Snowy Morning Blues album art James P. Johnson* Snowy Morning Blues (Album) Decca Jazz Europe 1991 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - Victory Stride (The Symphonic Music Of James P. Johnson) album art James P. Johnson*, The Concordia Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Leslie Stifelman James P. Johnson*, The Concordia Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Leslie Stifelman - Victory Stride (The Symphonic Music Of James P. Johnson) (Album) Musical Heritage Society US 1994 Sell This Version
James Price Johnson - Victory Stride (The Symphonic Music Of James P. Johnson) album art James P. Johnson*, The Concordia Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Leslie Stifelman James P. Johnson*, The Concordia Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Leslie Stifelman - Victory Stride (The Symphonic Music Of James P. Johnson) (Album) Musicmasters Classics US 1994 Sell This Version
5185151 James Price Johnson - Ragtime album art Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson* Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson* - Ragtime(CD) Jazz Heritage Society 5185151 USA & Canada 1994 Sell This Version