James P. Johnson (1894-1955) pioneered the stride style of jazz piano and composed the Charleston, considered the anthem of the 1920s. The New Brunswick Jazz Project honors Johnson, who was born in New Brunswick, with a concert featuring pianist Sharp Radway. We also meet jazz historian Scott E. Brown, author of the definitive biography of James P. Johnson.
Aubrey J. Kauffman produced, directed and narrated the feature for State of the Arts. Kirk Sohr was the videographer.