Pianist, blues singer, Jimmy Yancey
Pianist ~ Singer
birth name: James Edward Yancey

Jimmy Yancey

February 20, 1894, Chicago, IL ~ September 17, 1951, Chicago, IL

Much has been written about Yancey's influence on younger boogie pianists from south side, but little of this writing has much to say about how different he was from the players who claimed his influence. Yancey almost never uses walking bass patterns or octaves. He preferred a falling triad figure in fast pieces, and a slowly wandering variant of that same figure in slower ones. His right hand was endlessly exploratory, always going to new and unexpected places. Yancey's chops are obviously somewhat limited and he never shows off in the way that Lux or Pete Johnson could. Nevertheless, the ingeniousness of Yancey's playing is in its unpredictability and the way he makes his sometimes-eccentric ideas make sense. ~ Redhotjazz.com: Jimmy Yancey ~ retrieved September 16, 2013 © Red Hot Jazz

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While he played in a boogie-woogie style, with a strong-repeated figure in the left hand and melodic decoration in the right, his playing was delicate and subtle, rather than hard driving. He popularized the left-hand figure that became known as the “Yancey bass,” later used in Pee Wee Crayton's Blues After Hours, Guitar Slim's The Things That I Used To Do, and many other songs. ~ Wikipedia: Jimmy Yancey ~ retrieved January 20, 2016 © Wikipedia

Jimmy Yancey ~ Inducted in the 1986 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Jimmy Yancey is the progenitor of boogie-woogie piano, a style that eventually became a recognizable element of uptempo blues and early rock and roll. The boogie-woogie craze came and went in the latter half of the Thirties, but Yancey had actually been playing in that style as far back as the 1910s and 1920s. A self-taught pianist, singer and dancer, he performed in a style characterized by rolling, rhythmic lines from his left hand played off against percussive accents from the right hand. ~ 1986 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

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