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Albert Ammons

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: September 23, 1907 | Died: 1949    

Albert Ammons

Pianist Albert Ammons was the king of boogie-woogie, a bluesy jazz style that swept the United States, and then the world, from the late 1930s into the mid-1940s. Although his origins were modest, his powerful piano style would take him from Chicago barrooms to Carnegie Hall to the White House. As a soloist and in duets, Ammons's propulsive style gave life to classics like “Boogie Woogie Stomp” and “Pinetop's Boogie Woogie.” Albert Ammons was one of the big three of late-'30s boogie-woogie, along with Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis.

Ammons was born on September 23, 1907, in Chicago, Illinois. Both of his parents were pianists, so it was little surprise that he had learned to play by the age of ten. He also played percussion in the drum and bugle corps as a teenager, and was soon performing with bands on the Chicago club scene. After World War I, he became interested in the blues, and learned by listening to Chicago pianists Hersal Thomas and the Yancey brothers....
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Source: James Nadal

  • Boogie Woogie Kings

    Delmark Records
    2010
  • Back Beat - The Rhythm Of The Blues Vol. 2

    Ayler Records
    1991
  • The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Albert Ammons And Meade Lux Lewis

    Ayler Records
    1983
  • King Of Blues And Boogie Woogie Vol.2

    Ayler Records
    1982
  • Boogie Woogie Trio Vol. 3

    Ayler Records
    1976
  • Boogie Woogie Kings

    Ayler Records
    1974
  • Boogie Woogie Jump / Honky Tonk Train Blues

    Ayler Records
    1971
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