Home » Jazz Articles » Radio & Podcasts » Up In Harlem - Stride (1921 - 1939)


Up In Harlem - Stride (1921 - 1939)


Sign in to view read count

Click the play button to listen

In the last hour, we listened to several of the bands associated with New York, with an emphasis on the new large ensemble form, the jazz orchestra. In this hour we'll stick with New York, but focus in on the piano music of Harlem—"Stride." We are joined in this hour by Art Wheeler, pianist, producer, composer and educator.

In his History of Jazz, Ted Gioia writes, "It is not going too far to suggest that piano was to Harlem what brass bands had been to New Orleans."


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • James P. Johnson "Carolina Shout" from Carolina Shout (Biograph) 3:40
  • Host speaks 7:35
  • James P. Johnson "Carolina Shout" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 10:44
  • James P. Johnson "Snowy Morning Blues" from Jazz Piano: A Smithsonian Collection (Smithsonian) 13:24
  • Host speaks 16:10
  • James P. Johnson "You've Got to Be Modernistic" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 17:05
  • James P. Johnson "The Mule Walk" from Jazz Piano: A Smithsonian Collection (Smithsonian) 20:16
  • Host speaks 22:41
  • Willie "The Lion" Smith "Passionette" from 1938-1940 (Classics) 24:50
  • Willie "The Lion" Smith "Finger Buster" from 1938-1940 (Classics) 27:32
  • Host speaks 30:34
  • Willie "The Lion" Smith "Echoes of Spring" from Jazz Piano: A Smithsonian Collection (Smithsonian) 31:25
  • Host speaks 34:46
  • Fats Waller "Numb Fumblin'" from The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful Of Keys (JSP) 35:54
  • Fats Waller "African Ripples" from Fats Waller: 1934 -1935 (Classics) 38:48
  • Fats Waller "Alligator Crawl" from Fats Waller: 1934 -1935 (Classics) 41:54
  • Fats Waller "Handful of Keys" from The Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: A Handful Of Keys (JSP) 44:37
  • Host speaks 47:25
  • Art Tatum "Tea For Two" from Swing Time: Vol. 053, Art Tatum (1937-41) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 50:01
  • Art Tatum "Star Dust" from Art Tatum: 1932 -1934 (Classics) 52:35
  • Art Tatum "Tiger Rag" from Masters Of Jazz (Storyville) 55:49
  • Host speaks 58:00



For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

Radio & Podcasts

Tune in daily to hear the internet's top jazz programs including Mondo Jazz, Jazz Bastard, World of Jazz, The Third Story, One Man's Jazz, The Outer View, Neon Jazz, A Broad Spectrum, Bitches Brew and more

View by program...

Program Schedule | JazzWeek Chart


Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.