State of the Arts

James P. Johnson: Jazz Pianist and Composer

Clip: Season 38 Episode 1 | 5m 20s Video has closed captioning.

James P. Johnson (1894-1955) pioneered the stride style of jazz piano and composed the Charleston, considered the anthem of the 1920s. The New Brunswick Jazz Society honors Johnson, who was born in New Brunswick, with a concert featuring pianist Sharp Radway. We also meet jazz historian Scott E. Brown, author of the definitive biography of James P. Johnson.

Aired: 09/25/19

Rating: NR

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