J is for… Joanna
And that's 'joanna' as in 'old joanna' as in slang for piano.
There is a rich tradition of piano blues, a boogie woogie style played by artists like Joseph William ‘Pinetop’ Perkins, 96 years old and still going strong, and Albert ‘Sunnyland Slim’ Luandrew.
Sunnyland Slim’s 1966 performance of Tin Pan Alley is spine-tingling thanks to a vocal that’s as powerful as his piano playing. His style influenced many of the pianists that followed including Ray Charles and Dr John.
J is also for… ‘Joliet’ Jake and Elwood Blues
The 1980 movie The Blues Brothers starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd wasn’t just a good laugh. It also featured some great performances by artists like Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin and a smoking Boom Boom by Mr John Lee Hooker…