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NB African American Heritage Committee Program
February 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
James P. Johnson – The Quiet Man Who Made the Twenties Roar
James P. Johnson, born in New Brunswick, was the composer and pianist who invented Stride Piano, the bridge between Ragtime and Jazz. He is best known for the Charleston, the theme song of the Roaring Twenties.
Scott Brown, the definitive biographer of James P. Johnson, has lectured widely on Johnson. Currently he is using the recently acquired collection at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies to do a second volume. He will lecture on Johnson’s early life in New Brunswick and his substantial impact on modern music. His talk will be followed by a reception with refreshments.
This program is presented by the New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee, Inc., with support from the Friends of the New Brunswick Free Public Library.