If James P was playing, their stuff was likely not to be good enough. Johnson's most famous composition was “Carolina Shout,” a test of a. Jump to Carolina Shout - ”Carolina Shout” is considered by many to be the first recorded jazz piano solo . Johnson was the first black staff musician. Find a James P. Johnson* - Carolina Shout first pressing or reissue. Complete your James P. Johnson* collection. Shop Vinyl and CDs.


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Rather, they would play their own, very well worked out, and often rehearsed variations on popular songs of the day, with very little change from one performance to another.

James P. Johnson And “Carolina Shout”

It was in this respect that Johnson distinguished himself from his colleagues, in that in his own wordshe "could think of a trick a minute".

Comparison of many of Johnson's recordings of a given tune over the years demonstrates variation from one james p johnson carolina shout to another, characterised by respect for the melody, and james p johnson carolina shout upon a worked out set of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic devices, such as repeated chords, serial thirds hence his admiration for Bachand interpolated scales, on which the improvisations were based.

This same set of variations might then appear in the performance of another tune.


Legacy[ edit ] James P. Johnson may be thought of as both the last major pianist of the classic ragtime era and the first major jazz pianist. As such, he is considered an indispensable bridge between ragtime and jazz.

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Honors and recognitions[ edit ] Two Romare Bearden paintings bear the name of Johnson compositions: Carolina Shout, and Snow y Morning.

On September 16, the U. In his time, piano cutting contests were proving grounds—most often in Harlem apartments—where competing pianists showed their stuff.

If James P was playing, their stuff was likely not to be good enough. A Negro Rhapsody Toward the end of the s, Johnson began devoting time to the study of orchestration, counterpoint, and harmony.

Of all his accomplishments, James James p johnson carolina shout.

Johnson most wanted to be remembered as a serious composer of symphonic music utilizing African-American musical themes. When the Depression ended the decade of the Charleston, James P.

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Johnson semi-retired from active Harlem nightlife to concentrate on symphonic composition. A Negro Rhapsody was the first work to bring to life Johnson's dream of being a serious composer: Johnson, expressing the james p johnson carolina shout fervor and happy moods of the natives of James p johnson carolina shout, a Negro settlement situated on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia.

He also provides details of the work's orchestration and premiere: Written in celebration of a black community on the outskirts of Savannah, Yamekraw: It seems most likely that Johnson's relative inexperience in orchestral writing prompted him to ask William Grant Still to rework the score in Still's version calls for three saxophones, two trumpets and trombone joined by banjo, drums and strings.

The solo piano part amply illustrates Johnson's wide reach, with an abundance of stride piano left-hand tenths and extended right-hand excursions, all the while infused with the blues. Johnson was an important transitional figure between ragtime and jazz piano styles.


His style became known as Stride. This is the slowest of the first three stride pieces, which gives Johnson enough time to play broken tenths in the left hand for the first strain, making that side even harder to execute.

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See below for my transcription. The next six pieces from are very different in style.

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.