J.p. Johnson: De Organizer - The Dreamy Kid (excer

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Label: NCL
Catalog: 8669041

Ishmel, Darnell; Duval, Olivia; Hood, Branden C.S.; Hicks, Lori Celeste; De Organizer Chorus; Stephens, Emery; Kiesler, Kenneth; University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra; Spells, Monique; Kellogg, Kenneth; Gray, Elizabeth; Davis Dunn, Rabihah; Woods, Lonel

James P. Johnson is renowned as the father of stride piano but he also flourished as a composer of opera and of show tunes in the 1920s and 1930s. The Dreamy Kid and De Organizer offer contrasting stories of African American life at that time, set to an eclectic and powerful mixture of jazz, swing, blues and ragtime. These two works were reconstructed by the renowned musicologist, composer and bandleader, James Dapogny, before his untimely death in 2019. The Dreamy Kid is a world premiere recording.

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