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John Gill has been described in Australia's Bulletin Magazine as the 'Greatest Stride Pianist in the Land'. It would be fair to say that John Gill is one of the finest ragtime, stride and early jazz piano players in the World. John has represented Australia at the prestigeous Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival held in Sedalia, Missouri USA as well as performing as a soloist at concert venues throughout the USA. His skill on the keyboard and his technical knowledge of the music he performs has gained him the reputation for being a World Class Performer. John performs the compositions of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, Willie 'The Lion' Smith, Joseph Lamb, James P. Johnson and the great Fats Waller in a show that will enthrall you with this one man's talent. John Gill has been a featured artist at concert venues throughout Australia. John Gill lives in Perth, Western Australia and travels frequently to Australia's East Coast for engagements and Festivals. He has made numerous recordings, more recently in the USA.

Born in 1954, John Gill became interested in piano at an early age. He began piano studies at the age of six but disagreed with his teacher on the improvisation of Bach. Thus, John sought his own musical education through listening and studying styles. This developed John into a pianist who can perform many styles of music from the light classics, Show Music, Movie Themes and his Early Jazz Pianists music. John performs with great verve and will always consider his audiences by offering them a request segment at the completion of his shows. Needless to say, John Gill has endeared himself to people through his talent. He is featured regularly on radio and television in Perth.

John has gained himself a reputation for his busking (street performer) skills. With a piano on a trolley John Gill performs to tourists and lunch time crowds in the Hay and Murray Street Malls in Perth City. He recently toured the USA in 1995 and as result of an invitation he is now an accredited Bosendorfer Concert Artist. His name is now associated with well known artists such as Mr Victor Borge, Mr Chick Corea, Mr Philippe Entremont, Mr Andre Previn and Mr Oscar Peterson. A great honour to a truly great Australian Pianist.

John Gill is available for private and public engagements. He can be contacted through John Stuart - 63 Alma Road Mount Lawley WA 6050. Tel: (09) 328 7605 Fax: (09) 227 6905.

Available Material by John Gill


JINGLES. A midi sequence of John Gill playing James P. Johnson's classic stride piano piece "Jingles".



John Gill, Piano

Boombox Records
P.O. Box 1856
Watsonville, CA 95077
(408) 728-7020, FAX (408) 724-5556

RHYTHM KING Program Notes by John Gill
  • VALENTINE STOMP by Fats Waller - a stride classic for the late '20's, dedicated to Hazel Valentine, for whom Fats worked.
  • DILL PICKLES by Charles L. Johnson - one of the most popular rags of all time, still in the classic mold, but also one of the first to use the three over four (rhythmic) device.
  • LITTLE DOG'S BLUES by John Gill - a simple tune to the memory of "Little Dog" who belonged to Gretel James, a friend in Melbourne.
  • THE PEARLS by "Jelly Roll" Morton - not a blues, not a rag; but a happy bridge between the two. One of Jelly's best.
  • VIPER'S DRAG by Fats Waller - a great showpiece containing two moods: Down and very UP.
  • FATS WALLER MEDLEY - This medley contains several of Fats' favorites and also some of his lesser-known compositions.
  • VALSE MIROIR by Jean Baptiste Lafreniere - This is a "light classical" piece of music which invokes a flavor of the Musette accordion of Paris and also the charm of the ragtime waltz.
  • ORIENTAL TONES by Fats Waller - A novelty piece of Waller's which isn't played often enough.
  • PAVANE FOR KOOLAMA by John Gill - I wrote this as part of the music for the Australian film, "The Koolama Incident".
  • PERFECT RAG by "Jelly Roll" Morton - (Paraphrase) - Jelly never played anything the same twice. Perhaps because of that, I felt free to "let rip" with this rendition. (After all, music is for enjoyment.)
  • HELIOTROPE BOQUET by Louis Chauvin & Scott Joplin - "an audible poetry of motion" This is such a beautiful composition to me that it is extended here to build the tension up to the point that the second strain has to "swing".
  • RAGTIME DANCE by Scott Joplin - This is a Joplin classic. I have adapted the long orchestral introduction as a forerunner to the standard verion and include the "stomps" in the stomp-time section.
  • MULE WALK STOMP by James P. Johnson - One of his finest stride pieces? No! One of THE finest stride pieces. It rocks along!


John Gill, Piano

PianoMania Music Publishing
8300 Sierra College Blvd., Suite D
Roseville, California 95661
(916) 791-8079

  • Old Miss Rag - W. C. Handy
  • All By Myself -
  • Medley
    Bill Bailey
  • Black & Blue - Fats Waller
  • Wildcat Blues - Fats Waller
  • King Chanticleer
  • After You've Gone
  • Medley
    Darktown Strutter's Ball
    Mississippi Mud
    Alabama Jubilee
    Sailing along the Chesapeake Bay
  • Viper's Drag - Fats Waller
  • Original Rags - Scott Joplin
  • Ain't She Sweet
  • Jingles - James P. Johnson
  • Tishomingo Blues - W. C. Handy
  • Keep Your Temper - Willie "The Lion" Smith
  • Laughin Cryin' Blues - Fats Waller
  • Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  • Maple Leaf Rag - Scott Joplin
  • The House Cleaning Blues
  • The Lovliest Night of the Year


John Gill, Piano

PianoMania Music Publishing
8300 Sierra College Blvd., Suite D
Roseville, California 95661
(916) 791-8079

  • Sidewalk Blues - Jelly Roll Morton
  • Georgia On My Mind - Hoagy Carmichael
  • Working Man Blues - "King" Oliver
  • Dr. Jazz - "King" Oliver
  • Bethena - Scott Joplin
  • Medley
    I'll Always Be In Love With You
    It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
    My Blue Heaven
    I'll Always Be In Love With You
  • Chicago Breakdown - Jelly Roll Morton
  • Humoresque - Dvorak
  • The Joint is Jumpin' - Fats Waller
  • Cryin' for the Carolines - Harry Warren
  • Soothing Syrup Stomp - Fats Waller
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
  • Pineapple Rag - Scot Joplin
  • Weary Blues - Artie Matthews
  • Medley
    When Rastus Plays His Old Kazoo
    Who's Sorry Now
    Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie
  • I'm Crazy Bout My Baby - Fats Waller
  • Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - J. Cox
  • You've Gotta' See Mama Every Night - Rose & Conrad
  • Riverboat Shuffle - Hoagy Carmichael

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