Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson (1891 – 1959) was an American jazz bandleader and pianist. Charlie “Fess” Johnson led an ensemble called the Paradise Ten. From 1925–1935, it played at Smalls Paradise, a nightclub in Harlem, and recorded five times between 1925 and 1929. Though Johnson was a capable pianist, he rarely soloed on his recordings. The Paradise Ten ensemble included trumpeters Jabbo SmithLeonard DavisSidney DeParis, and Thomas Morris, trombonists Charlie Irvis and Jimmy Harrison, alto saxophonists Benny Carter and Edgar Sampson, and tenor saxophonist Benny Waters.[1] Johnson led the ensemble until 1938; following this he freelanced in various ensembles until he retired owing to health problems in the 1950s.

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