James P. Johnson's Last Rent Party! October 4th, 2009 @ Smalls Jazz Club


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October 4th, 2009
1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Smalls Jazz Club
183 West 10th Street @ 7th Ave South
New York City, 10014

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, Ethan Iverson, Ted Rosenthal, Terry Waldo, Mike Lipskin, John Bunch, Conal Fowkes, Spike Wilner, Aaron Diehl and others to be announced.

Suggested tax-free donations are $20 with all the proceeds to go to the James P. Johnson Foundation. You may come and go as you please throughout the afternoon. Refreshments will be served.

Please come by and pay your respects to The Dean of Stride Pianists!

This story appears courtesy of Jason Byrne, Red Cat Publicity.
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