He was a self-taught pianist, an artist that banked into authenticity and feelings, giving him a unique conceptualization and infusion of melody, harmonic devices, rhythm, chords, and interpolated scales hence the creation of hit pieces like “Charleston,” “Snowy Morning Blues,” “Carolina Shout,” ‘Don't Cry, Baby” and “If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) to name a few.
James Johnson was able to meet Willie “The Lion” Smith and developed a lasting friendship which also opened door to outstanding collaboration and unforgettable performances. He was able to compose several symphonic pieces for ballet, waltzes, and light opera, and his remarkable talent was not left unnoticed. He was inducted into the “Songwriters Hall of Fame” “Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame” not to mention other citations and recognitions even after he died.
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