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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: March 25, 1904

Pete Johnson - pianist, composer, recording artist (1904-1967)

The history of jazz and blues piano is an interesting one, and it benefits from being told separately from the history of jazz in general. The best performers didn’t always fit into the prevailing styles of the time. Boogie-Woogie piano developed largely in the Midwest, particularly Chicago, with the result that its practitioners were sometimes referred to as “western” pianists in order to distinguish them from the New York piano professors. Some players in this style developed in St. Louis or Detroit, but this blues-based variation was centered in Chicago, for it was there that the great Jimmy Yancey developed this approach and influenced many other pianists....
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Featured recording “Pete's Blues”

Pete's Blues

Savoy Jazz
1946
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    The Pete Johnson / Earl Hines / Teddy Bunn Blue Note Sessions

    Concord Picante
    1987
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    All Star Swing Groups

    Concord Picante
    1977
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    Master Of Blues And Boogie Woogie 1904-1967 Vol 2

    Concord Picante
    1975
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    Boogie Woogie Mood 1940-1944

    Concord Picante
    1974
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    Master Of Blues And Boogie Woogie 1904-1967

    Concord Picante
    1974
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    Swings The Boogie

    Concord Picante
    1958
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    Pete's Blues

    Concord Picante
    1958
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