James P. Johnson , in full James Price Johnson , born Feb. A founder of the stride piano idiom , he was a crucial figure in the transition from ragtime to jazz. While playing for dancers before he became noted for his rare ability to create embellishments, variations, and improvisations on popular songs, including the blues, relatively new at the time.
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The Charleston by James P. The Original Black Bottom Dance. Your rating has been recorded. Write a review Rate this item: 1 2 3 4 5. Preview this item Preview this item. The symphonic jazz of James P. Subjects Piano music Jazz Jazz. Ragtime music. View all subjects More like this Similar Items. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item In the only full-length book on Johnson, Scott E.
He certainly was not a blues pianist in the same way that someone like Jimmy Yancey was. He plays blues much in the same way that he plays a tune like Blue Turning Gray Over You , and his blues suffer for it.
This trope is explored further by Gunther Schuller in his influential book Early Jazz :. One might say that he played his blues very much the way he would play a show or pop tune. Hodes is inside the community, and his criticism has less authoritarian sting:. I regard Jimmy with reverence. We had a piano in the house again. They were all country tunes. In New York, a friend taught me real ragtime. His name was Charley Cherry. He played Joplin.
First he played, then I copied him, and then he corrected me. In New York I got a chance to hear a lot of good music for the first time. Victor Herbert and Rudolph Friml were popular and were played all the time.
Louis, and later Beale Street and Yellow Dog. Handy folio. Johnson knew what the blues was and used it for specific reasons.
Wide-ranging melodies and a fat beat. This one especially sounds like a piano roll, with the verse constantly articulated in repeated triplets. My favorite of this set. A blues in feeling but not in form, although it comes close. Transitioning from Ragtime, Johnson perfected and epitomized the Stride style and technique. Pianist Art Tatum advanced the style further, adding dazzling arpeggios, ornamental runs and a more sophisticated harmonic vocabulary.
Johnson developed a vast reputation, becoming stylish and affluent thanks to his piano roll and sheet music income. Cultivating the flashy couture expected of his profession, he developed a wardrobe of about 25 suits, 15 pairs of custom-made shoes, two dozen silk shirts, silk handkerchiefs and a gold or silver-knobbed cane. To be taken seriously any piano professional needed a specific set of ostentatious accessories. A dramatic silk-lined overcoat was integral to the performative presentation of a modern major piano professor.
Mark Borowsky on Johnson's 's solos. Johnson, OH, MR. Mark Borowsky on Johnson's success in the s. African American Overachiever James P. Johnson was one of the grand geniuses of American music — in multiple dimensions. He wrote popular songs. Johnson emerged during the transitional period between ragtime — a music performed strictly from written scores — and the improvisatory and rhythmically more relaxed foundations of shout piano, or what became known as stride piano.
In his year career, he also wrote 19 symphonic works, scored 11 stage musicals, and contributed to numerous stage productions. A forefather of the stride style, Johnson brought the idiom into its most complex form. With money she earned working as a maid, she bought an upright piano from her employers and soon taught herself to play popular tunes. When James was eight, the Johnson family moved to a Jersey City neighborhood near a railroad stop lined with gambling houses and nightspots.
Around this time, he played his first gig, earning 25 cents from a woman who invited him to play in her parlor. Told to perform with his back to the guests, Johnson entertained for several hours, playing popular tunes, hymns, and nursery.
Performed at house parties, c. Once exposed to the opulently dressed ticklers the name given to ragtime and stride keyboardists , he decided to become a first-class pianoman.Discover releases, reviews, track listings, recommendations, and more about James P. Johnson*, William Albright - The Symphonic Jazz Of James P. Johnson at Discogs. Complete your James P. Johnson*, William Albright collection.4/4(1).