1898 - 1951
Jimmy Yancey played an important role in the history of blues and boogie woogie
. Born in Chicago, he started playing the piano rather late and developed his own way of playing the blues. Unwillingly, he became an influential figure in the Chicago musical life: his playing was a major source of inspiration for Meade Lux Lewis
and Albert Ammons
. However, Jimmy Yancey chose the job security to the artist's life and worked for 25 years as a gardener at the Comiskey Park. But in 1939, recording studios became interested in his music and from 1939 to 1940, he was invited to cut a number of piano solos: sometimes ingenious, sometimes unpredictable. He particularly liked to finish each track with a short coda, still the same, a E flat, and whatever the tone he was playing.
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