Case of Mistaken Identity: The Life & Music of James P. Johnson

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Known to serious students of jazz as the "Father of Stride Piano," James P. Johnson has only recently begun to receive the acclaim he merits. Born in New Brunswick, NJ and reared in the cultural hotbed of Harlem, Johnson spanned the ragtime era, through the roaring twenties (to which he contributed its theme song the Charleston) and into the swing era. Part I is a chronological biography, with listings of his musical revues, extended compositions, film work, and all other song and instrumental pieces; a ...

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Overview

Known to serious students of jazz as the "Father of Stride Piano," James P. Johnson has only recently begun to receive the acclaim he merits. Born in New Brunswick, NJ and reared in the cultural hotbed of Harlem, Johnson spanned the ragtime era, through the roaring twenties (to which he contributed its theme song the Charleston) and into the swing era. Part I is a chronological biography, with listings of his musical revues, extended compositions, film work, and all other song and instrumental pieces; a comprehensive bibliography; and photos. Part II is an exhaustive discography.

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Editorial Reviews

Sonneck Society Bulletin
A thorough, scholarly, interesting account of Johnson's contributions...Impressively documented [discography]...
JazzTimes
The first comprehensive account of James P. Johnson's career...his analysis of the pianist's style and devices are usually helpful and clear.
CHOICE
Brown's painstaking research is the first comprehensive effort to place Johnson's considerable contributions to American music in proper perspective...an important addition to the literature...an indispensable reference tool.
Storyville
A very worth-while book...
IARJC
[The discography] is excellent in every way...can stand proudly on the shelf next to the earlier, and equally outstanding, volumes in the series...
The Black Perspective In Music
...an important contribution to the history of American music...indispensable reading for scholars and students in the field of American music, black or white.
Cadence Magazine
...this look at the...stride piano giant is long overdue...observations on Johnson's contributions to jazz harmony and rhythm—which in Brown's view make James P. the first modern jazz pianist—are sound and clearly made...
Choice
Brown's painstaking research is the first comprehensive effort to place Johnson's considerable contributions to American music in proper perspective...an important addition to the literature...an indispensable reference tool.
The IAJRC Journal
[The discography] is excellent in every way...can stand proudly on the shelf next to the earlier, and equally outstanding, volumes in the series...
JazzTimes Magazine
The first comprehensive account of James P. Johnson's career...his analysis of the pianist's style and devices are usually helpful and clear.
Choice
Brown's painstaking research is the first comprehensive effort to place Johnson's considerable contributions to American music in proper perspective...an important addition to the literature...an indispensable reference tool..
Jazz Times
The first comprehensive account of James P. Johnson's career...his analysis of the pianist's style and devices are usually helpful and clear..
Sonneck Society Bulletin
A thorough, scholarly, interesting account of Johnson's contributions...Impressively documented [discography]....
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810818873
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1986
  • Series: Studies in Jazz Series , #4
  • Pages: 522
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Brown

Scott Brown received a BA from Yale University, where he spent his senior year as a Scholar of the House working on James P. Johnson. He is a graduate of Rutgers Medical School (NJ) and is pursuing a career in surgery. Robert Hilbert, Director of Audiovisual Services at Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida, has written numerous articles on jazz and has contributed to many standard discographies. His column, "Discographical Forum," has appeared regularly in Joslin's Jazz Journal.

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