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Albert Ammons (1907–1949)

"Boogie-woogie" pianist Albert Ammons was born in 1907 in Chicago, IL. He grew up listening to the blues and "barrelhouse" piano players that inhabited the city's famed jazz scene. He drove a taxi while trying to break into the music business, and one day he ran into fellow driver (and jazz pianist) Meade 'Lux' Lewis. The two hit it off and became... See full bio »

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Known For

The Majestic
The Majestic Soundtrack
(2001)
Boogie-Woogie Dream
(1944)
The Big Something
The Big Something Soundtrack
(2011)
The Blues
The Blues Soundtrack

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 2011 The Big Something (performer: "Swanee River Boogie", "Shout for Joy") / (writer: "Shout for Joy")
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Piano Blues (2003) ... (performer: "Boogie Woogie Dream") / (writer: "Boogie Woogie Dream", "Swanee River Boogie")
 2001 The Majestic (writer: "Boogie Woogie Stomp")
 1944 Boogie-Woogie Dream (Short) (performer: "Boogie Woogie Dream") / (writer: "Boogie Woogie Dream")
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 1948 Boogie-Doodle (Short)
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 1949 Adventures in Jazz (TV Series)
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- Episode #1.17 (1949) ... Himself
 1944 Boogie-Woogie Dream (Short)
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 2003 The Blues (TV Series documentary)
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- Piano Blues (2003) ... Himself
 1997 Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz (TV Movie documentary)
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 1994 Goodnight Sweden (TV Movie)
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 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary)
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 1990 That's Black Entertainment (Documentary)
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CD: "King of the Boogie-Woogie (1939-1949)" (Blues Classic). See more »
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American jazz and blues pianist. He played in Chicago clubs in the 1920s while in his teens. He became an influential soloist in the 1930s, a noted pioneer of boogie-woogie. Founded his own orchestra in New York in 1938 and eventually formed a piano duo with band member Pete Johnson, which played at the Cafe Society club in downtown New York for five years. Another famous piano player, Meade 'Lux... See more »

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