So, I thought it might be useful for you to have a visual image of what Harlem Stride piano sounded like. Below, you will see the first four bars (for now!) of James P. Johnson’s epochal tune, “Carolina Shout.”
Play an excerpt of the 1921 recording by James P:
Play a practice-version of the excerpt with a slower tempo:
Sit with that for a while — a discussion to follow!