Bill Johnson

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        Bill Johnson's career reached back to virtually the beginnings of jazz and he is credited with being the first jazz person to pluck (as opposed to bowing) the strings of his bass, an innovation that led to the string bass eventually replacing the tuba. Johnson started out as a guitarist, switching to bass in the late 1890s. He worked in New Orleans as early as 1900, with the Peerless and Eagle Bands, playing tuba for their parades. Johnson left New Orleans originally in 1908, pl... Read more

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