Watch the Bonus: Carolina Shout online guitar lesson by Tim Sparks from Roots, Rags & Blues

Carolina Shout is by the originator of "Stride Piano," James P. Johnson, whose prolific compositions span the Ragtime Era through the beginning of the Jazz Age. Johnson wrote virtuoso piano works, collaborated in some of the earliest Black Broadway musicals like Shuffle Along, and even wrote symphonies. He also was an accompanist to early Jazz and Blues stars like Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters and a mentor to the likes of Fats Waller and Duke Ellington.

Like Jelly Roll Morton, Johnson took Classically influenced Ragtime and infused it with the Blues. He evolved his style working in a tough neighborhood in the West sixties in New York called "The Jungle," where he played in Hell's Kitchen dives popular with dockworkers and longshoremen from the Carolinas. To learn more about James P. Johnson go to and

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