Today in 1894, Pianist James P. Johnson was born

Today in 1894, Pianist James P. Johnson was born. A pioneer of the stride style of jazz piano, he along with Jelly Roll Morton, were arguably the two most important pianists who bridged the ragtime and jazz eras, and the two most important catalysts in the evolution of ragtime piano into jazz. As such, he was a model for Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum and his more famous pupil, Fats Waller. Johnson. Check out the story in having a successful fund-raiser to get James P. Johnson a tombstone, and the backstory on the Johnson: