Personalities | James P. Johnson | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Piano, composer, 1894–1955)

The seminal figure among the Harlem stride pianists, Johnson was a mentor to Fats Waller and composer of ‘The Charleston’, which launched a Jazz Age dance craze. Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Art Tatum were also directly influenced by Johnson’s skilful stride and compositions, including ‘You’ve Got To Be Modernistic’ – an evolutionary leap from ragtime. His ‘Carolina Shout’ became proving ground for other stride pianists of the day. Johnson also composed music for the 1923 Broadway show Runnin’ Wild.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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