Albert Ammons – Albert’s Special Boogie Woogie

Albert Ammons (1907-1949) was an American pianist and boogie boogie player.  Boogie woogie was a style of blues piano that was popular during the late 1930s and into the middle 1940s.  In 1938 Albert Ammons did a performance at Carnegie Hall along with Pete Johnson and Mead Lux Lewis (two other boogie woogie pianists) and that event helped to popularize boogie woogie.  Throughout his career, Albert performed with various musicians including jazz greats Benny Goodman, Harry James, Mead Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson.  His playing had a wide influence on many pianists including the great Errol Garner.

Here is a recording of Albert Ammons playing a boogie woogie piece.  It is quite a lively number.  Enjoy.

Albert Ammons boogie woogie:

You can buy this recording on iTunes and eMusic. The links to these websites are listed on the youtube link I have posted. You can buy this piece as an mp3 on Here is the