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Thu Jun 2, 2022, 06:40 PM Jun 2022

Lynn Albritton- Boogie Woogie Pianist 1940s- 'Soundies' Early Music Videos

- Lynn Albritton - 'Dispossessed Blues' (1943) | Soundies, Harlem Dancers, 'Rent Party' style. Based on these films it's clear that Albritton was a talented and impressive musician. - Reelback, 'Dispossessed Blues' is one of 3 boogie- woogie instrumental films with dance made by pianist Lynn Albritton in 1943.

Little is known about her as she never made any recordings. One website about ‘Soundies’ claims she was one of the boogie-woogie virtuosos of Harlem, right up there next to Meade Lux Lewis and Maurice Rocco.

- 'Block Party Revels' (1943). Lynn Albritton and The Six Nobs.

- 'Backstage Blues' (1943). Lynn Albritton, Lou Ellen, The Harlem Cuties (dance). Dir: William Forest Crouch.

LYNN ALBRITTON. The mysterious Lynn Albritton appears to have never recorded commercially and all attempts to discover any biographical detail have been in vain. Her Soundies, shot in New York City in 1943, nevertheless show a powerful rent-party-styled pianist providing a stomping rhythm for dancers Ann and Lou Ellen.


- 'Dispossessed Blues, Lynn Albritton.' One of the most important aspects of 'Soundies' is the documentation of artists who were unrecorded & were never captured via radio broadcasts or transcriptions. This applies to Esther Lynn Albritton, an inventive boogie-woogie pianist who played with technique & drive that rank her among the better pianists of the period. Yet relatively little is known about her: as noted, she did not record & she is rarely mentioned in the entertainment trades. Born in Manhattan, Albritton jettisoned her first name & performed professionally as Lynn Albritton. Harlem dancer Jeannie Bayer recalled to me, “I knew her, but not all that well, a nodding acquaintance you’d call it. She played piano & sang in dives in Harlem...https://www.jazz-on-film.com/dispossessed-blues-lynn-albritton/
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