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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: February 20, 1898

Jimmy Yancey- piano, composer, recording artist (1898-1951)

Boogie Woogie can best be defined as solo piano music based on the twelve or eight bar patterns, characterized by the repeated use of the bass figures. The Boogie Woogie piano craze had a short run of popularity in the late ‘30’s and into the mid ‘40’s where then it slipped back into a more straight blues style. There were but a few real players of the form, although scores of pale imitators. There is a story of a recording session in 1938 where the pianist just finished a song, with a strange tango bass in eight to the bar, with unusual harmonies, delivered in a quiet thoughtful mood. The engineer asked the name of the song, the player said “Yancey Special”, leading right to “who’s Yancey”? The player on this date was boogie woogie champion Meade Lux Lewis, talking about his mentor Jimmy Yancey, a most reluctant piano hero if there ever was one....
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Music

Featured recording “Jimmy and Mama Yancey Chicago Piano Vol. I”

Jimmy and Mama Yancey Chicago Piano Vol. I

Atlantic Jazz Masters
1992
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    Jazz De Poche N° 25

    HighNote
    1960
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    Jimmy Yancey

    HighNote
    1958
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    Pioneers Of Boogie Woogie

    HighNote
    1956
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    Yancey's Getaway - Piano Solos By Jimmy Yancey

    HighNote
    1956
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    Bear Trap Blues / Dupree Shake Dance

    HighNote
    1947
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    Bear Trap Blues / Old Quaker Blues

    HighNote
    1940
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    Yancey's Bugle Call / 35th And Dearborn

    HighNote
    1940
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