Artist profile: Albert Ammons (1907-1949)

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With Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis, Albert was one of the US boogie-woogie giants known as ‘The Boogie Woogie Trio’. His contribution to the style cannot be overstated and he has been a huge influence on generations of boogie pianists. It is said his performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall in the 1938 ‘From Spirituals to Swing’ concert spawned the boogie-woogie craze which lasted well into the 1940s.

Below is perhaps Albert’s most famous number which is still lovingly played by boogie pianists across the world. Below is also the only known footage of Albert and also Pete Johnson in the short film ‘Boogie Woogie Dream’.

His biography Boogie-Woogie Stomp seems to be out of print. Second hand copies are a fortune so see if your library has a copy or if you see a cheap one then grab it!

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