Jimmy Yancey

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    Ahmet Ertegun
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    Early Influences
Jimmy Yancey


He made boogie-woogie his own with unpredictable bass lines and sharp, staccato accents.

Jimmy Yancey was a self-taught pianist, a fact that makes his inventive playing all the more remarkable. Known for his stunning dexterity, he was an architect of boogie-woogie piano, a style that went on to influence rock and roll.

Hall of Fame Essay


Michael Hill

Jimmy Yancey put the boogie-woogie in rock and roll.

This rhythmic accompaniment for a blues melody was an  important piano style of the 1920s and ’30’s that took root in Chicago, where its bottom-edged beat made it a  favorite backdrop for rent parties and renegade jazz jams alike.

The Program Cover from the 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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