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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 Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum and… read more

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  • Avatar for ladidavid
    One of the greatest. Im always tryin to play piano like him
  • Avatar for peykar
    legend [2]
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  • Avatar for insomniacme
    but thats what makes one cool
  • Avatar for Parisblues
    There's a large choice of pictures without doing tabacco incitation. please vote.
  • Avatar for Substance90
    I love the Snowy Morning Blues! That's real music!
  • Avatar for johntardsbaby66
    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.
  • Avatar for Parisblues
    "liza ":
  • Avatar for jpjscribe
    @LondonLouis...he was also a composer...bands have been known to, you know, play music composed by other artists...
  • Avatar for LondonLouis 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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