1,801 total votes
James P. Johnson

James P. Johnson

James P. Johnson was an American pianist and composer. A pioneer of the stride style of jazz piano, he was one of the most important pianists who bridged the ragtime and jazz eras, and, with Jelly Roll Morton, one of 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 Fats Waller. Johnson composed many hit tunes including the theme song of the Roaring Twenties, "Charleston" and "If I Could be With You One Hour Tonight" and remained the acknowledged king of New York jazz pianists through most of the 1930s. Johnson's artistry, his significance in the subsequent ... more on Wikipedia

James P. Johnson is ranked on...

#13 of 167 The Greatest Jazz Pianists of All Time 72.9k VOTES Imagine dancing to the sound of smooth, vibrant jazz music with a pianist pounding on the keys with all his might accompanie...
#4 of 18 The Best Stride Piano Artists 12.1k VOTES Stride piano artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List includes any good stride piano band label, album...
#28 of 126 The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists 934 VOTES Dixieland artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good dixieland bands includes a filter so you ca...

James P. Johnson is also found on...

Famous People Who Died of Stroke Famous People From New Jersey Famous People Who Died in New York City Famous People Who Died in New York List of Famous Bands from New Brunswick Famous People Who Died in Jamaica People On Stamps: List Of People On US Postage Famous People Born in 1894 List of Famous Jazz Pianists Men On Stamps: List Of Men On US Postage Famous Male Composers Famous Male Jazz Pianists