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Jimmy Yancey

Jimmy Yancey

Jimmy Yancey

February 20, 1894, Chicago – September 17, 1951

James Edwards Yancey was an African American boogie-woogie pianist, composer, and lyricist. One reviewer noted him as one of the pioneers of this raucous, rapid-fire, eight-to-the-bar piano style. He was a noted pianist by 1915, and influenced younger musicians.

Most of his recordings were of solo piano, but late in his career he also recorded with vocals by his wife, Estelle Yancey, under the billing Jimmy and Mama Yancey. They appeared in concert at the Carnegie Hall in 1948.

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