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James P. Johnson (James Price Johnson, also known as Jimmy Johnson, February 1, 1894 – November 17, 1955) was an American pianist and composer.

A pioneer of the stride style of jazz piano, he along with Jelly Roll Morton, were arguably the two most important pianists who bridged the ragtime and jazz eras, and the two most important catalysts in the evolution of ragtime piano into jazz. As such, he was a model for…

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  • One of the greatest. Im always tryin to play piano like him
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  • but thats what makes one cool
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  • I love the Snowy Morning Blues! That's real music!
  • If you watch Bessie Smith's 1929 movie, "St. Louis Blues", you can see a relatively young James P. Johnson at the piano. Kept good company.
  • "liza ": http://www.last.fm/music/James+P.+Johnson/_/Liza+%28c.+05-45%29?autostart
  • @LondonLouis...he was also a composer...bands have been known to, you know, play music composed by other artists...
  • Last.fm is doing James P Johnson a great disservice. He was an excellent pianist, but you've hardly got one of his decent tracks up on the system. What you do have are versions of the Charleston and "Old Fashioned Love" which have nothing to do with the guy. Johnson is up there, just behind the giants like Tatum, Hines and Waller.

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