October 4th, 2009 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM @ Smalls Jazz Club 183 West 10th Street @ 7th Ave South New York City, 10014 smallsjazzclub.com
James P. Johnson, the father of stride piano, the composer of The Charleston and The Carolina Shout, and one of the founders of modern jazz piano, lies, shockingly, in an unmarked grave in Maspeth, Queens, Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Please join the James P. Johnson Foundation, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to music education and to raise the awareness of James P. Johnson, the Johnson family and Smalls Jazz Club for an all day rent party" to raise money to buy a monument to commemorate this great musician!
Join us on Sunday, October 4th beginning at 1:00 PM at Smalls Jazz Club located at 183 West 10th street at 7th ave. The afternoon will begin with a symposium by musicologist and Johnson scholar Scott Brown on the life and work of James P. Johnson. This will include an exhibit from The James P. Johnson archive housed at The Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies.
Around 3:00 PM there will then be a steady stream of pianists to play solo piano in tribute to James P. Johnson. Artists to appear include: Dick Hyman