Posts in the Category: Piano Roll

Clarence M. Jones Player Piano Rolls Part 2 – Jazz and Blues

Posted in - Biography & Clarence Jelly Johnson & Historical & Piano Roll on May 11th 2017 0 Comments

Clarence M. Jones was one of those rare musicians able to adapt both his playing and compositional styles to new musical trends.  As Jones’ piano roll recordings are the only known examples of his playing prior to 1923, these provide valuable insight into his adaptability and innovative ideas.  Moreover, they clearly demonstrate how …

Clarence M. Jones Player Piano Rolls Part 1 – Ragtime and Other Instrumental Music

Posted in - Biography & Clarence M. Jones & Historical & Piano Roll on May 11th 2017 0 Comments Clarence M. Jones - In Search of a Husband

Clearly, the development of Chicago style jazz and blues piano had its roots in ragtime, and with the itinerant, now forgotten early gospel pianists who incorporated syncopation into their playing.  With his immensely successful “Memphis Blues” of 1912, W.C. Handy formalized blues music as a distinct piano style. While still purely ragtime, Handy …

Clarence “Jelly” Johnson Player Piano Rolls Part 2 – Popular Songs

Posted in - Biography & Clarence Jelly Johnson & Historical & Piano Roll on April 27th 2017 0 Comments

“Hawaiian Nightingale.”  A very simple although lovely waltz by Vaughn DeLeath.  Hardly to be considered within any discussion of jazz/blues or hot music.  And yet, Clarence Johnson’s performance is a salient reminder that great talent produces great music. Johnson’s playing of this otherwise commonplace, sentimental tune is uniquely his own; containing his jazz …

Clarence “Jelly” Johnson Player Piano Rolls Part 1 – Jazz and Blues

Posted in - Biography & Clarence Jelly Johnson & Historical & Piano Roll on April 27th 2017 0 Comments

Although Clarence Johnson left us no piano solo disc recordings, no band recordings, and only about two dozen vocal accompaniment sides, he still remains one of the most influential artists in the history of Chicago South Side Piano.  Unlike Blythe, who was prolific in all forms of recordings, Johnson’s personal playing style is …

James “Jimmy” Blythe – Player Piano Rolls Part 2 – Popular Songs

Posted in - Biography & Historical & James Jimmy Blythe & Piano Roll on April 22nd 2017 0 Comments

This section will present Blythe’s piano roll recordings of popular songs, such as fox trots and waltzes of the day.  Frequently, these performances are highly jazz-tinged (even the waltzes) and exhibit Blythe’s characteristic keyboard trademarks.  On some, Blythe added hot South Side coda sections to otherwise commonplace tunes, and these are special for …

Jazz, Blues and Ragtime Piano Rolls – An Introduction

Posted in - Featured & Historical & Piano Roll on April 18th 2017 0 Comments Trebor Tichenor Piano Rolls

Many collectors of jazz, blues and ragtime are familiar with this material via 78rpm or LP recordings and sheet music.  While a number of websites have in the past offered downloads of piano rolls, both hand-played and arranged, the effort which Paolo and I are now undertaking on Chicagosouthsidepiano.com is unprecedented in terms …

Automatic A-Rolls

Posted in - Piano Roll on May 20th 1901 0 Comments

The following 10- tune Automatic rolls are available as midi recordings in their original format (with pipes/xylophone, mandolin rail & pedals coding) or as listening files.

Automatic A-Roll No. SR-10
Sunset Trail Of Gold, The
Sophie
Fuzzy Wuzzy Bird, The
On My Trail Of Golden Dreams
I Wish I Knew
I Love Her
Trail To Long Ago, The
Nobody Loves Me Now
My …

Clark A-Rolls

Posted in - Piano Roll on May 20th 1901 0 Comments

The following 10- tune Clark rolls are available as midi recordings in their original format (with pipes/xylophone, mandolin rail & pedals coding) or as listening files.

“Clark Solomon Special No. 4 “”Mexican-American Roll””
Valencia. Dance Parisienne
Cuatro Milpas. Cancion
La Rancherita. Fox Trot
Always
La Pajara Vaciladora. Fox Cancion
La Hija del Carcelero. Couplet
Horses
Es Un Golfo. Tango
El Novillo Despuntado. Cancion
Flor …