Lorraine Gordon on hearing James P. Johnson
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NEA JAZZ MASTER LORRAINE GORDON REMEMBERS MEETING PIONEERING STRIDE PIANIST, JAMES P. JOHNSON WHEN HE WAS RECORDING AT BLUE NOTE RECORDS.
GORDON: I mean, to meet him, whoah! You know you're in the presence of someone very special. He was the forefather of so many things. And he'd just want to get down there and play piano and he was the king of that… that beat. That stride piano. We loved that. That was our thing.
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THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH JAZZ ADVOCATE LORRAINE GORDON WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.