JAMES P. JOHNSON RARITIES

from the pages of eBay . . .

Recorded by Red and Miff’s Stompers and featured on Broadway!

Has anyone heard this?

I’d never noticed the superfluous apostrophe before — but a James P. military march is something to marvel at (a patriotic precursor to UNCLE SAMMY, HERE I AM?)

Recorded in 1929, I believe.

“Five Descriptive Negro Songs,” published by Perry Bradford, Inc.

Familiar as a very early piano roll performance.

Fifty cents!  Did James P. (who might have thought boogie-woogie monotonous) write these pieces?  I know he recorded one or two boogie-woogie originals for Blue Note and Asch, but these titles are (typically) not familiar.

Yes, that is the correct title for this Novelette.

Not only an ambitious composition, but the soundtrack for the film of the same name.

I’ve been collecting these images from eBay for a few weeks — and they provoke mixed feelings.  I’m delighted that someone so earnestly collected James P. Johnson’s sheet music, a little sorry that it’s being transferred from one collector to another (it would be nice to see and hear these pieces) but grateful that we can see these images.

5 responses to “JAMES P. JOHNSON RARITIES

  1. Roger Strong

    One of the great jazz pianists and much under rated I feel-his Snowy Morning Blues remains for me one of the great piano jazz compositions of all time. Dick Wellstood played his compositions with great style and passion.

  2. I agree with Roger Strong, it would be wonderful to hear these.
    I’d chip in 10 cents for Dick Hyman or Rossano Sportiello to run these off before breakfast. Lovely little exercise for them, and/or the other current Stride Masters!
    Carl Spencer

  3. William Bunter

    Good Morning, I have been enjoying your web page almost every day and it has given me much knowlegge and pleasure. Who is Joe Muranyi, chopped liver? Joe has been a favorite of mine for years. I think he is great, but for some reason you do not feature him ! I’t can’t be for lack of his abbility. Please give him a shot! He is 83 and fighting the big C.

    Regards, Bill Bunter

  4. Have you read John Howland’s “Ellington Uptown: Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson and the Birth of Concert Jazz”? He does an excellent job of putting James P.’s concert works into historical context, and worked a lot with Johnson’s grandson in preparing the book.

  5. Mark Borowsky, M.D.

    Alabama Stomp was recorded by the Dixie Stompers, a small group sub unit of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, with Henderson on piano, in 1925 or 26. They recorded for the budget, Harmony label, I believe. This may have been because Henderson was under contract to another label such as Columbia ( I am not sure if he is identified as the pianist on the original pressings), and therefore could not use his own name when working for the competition, a common practice at the time.

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