John Farrell died in early 2007, a great loss to the musical world. In addition to being a fine jazz pianist and arranger, he had the ability to transcribe music from recorded performances to piano rolls and make the rolls sound as if they were played by hand. Most of his rolls are still available. He left a library of 26 unissued rolls which we will release in 2008.
The first 6 titles listed below are available now, and for a small additional charge you may order previously issued rolls from our extensive archive which is published on John’s website.
The website will continue to be maintained for the indefinite future. The rolls are issued on the JAM label, so if jazz, blues, boogie-woogie and hot dance music are your cup of tea then these are certainly for you. Below are the details of our current offerings with a brief note on each.
The rolls are priced at $96 for the set of 6, plus postage. Payment in advance by PayPal or check drawn on a US bank. Order from us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail mail from
Bob Billings 14010 Rim Rock Drive Reno NV 89521 USA
Shipping to US addresses is $6.50 via Media Mail. Shipping to European addresses is $22.00 via air only.
Let us know your email address and we will send future offerings by email. If you are interested, we will email you a file of the roll titles and prices.
JAM 237 - Birmingham Breakdown as played by John Farrell. Duke Ellington’s well-known 1927 tune will give your piano a workout. John’s notes say to play it fast.
JAM 238 - Have You Met Miss Jones? as played by John Farrell. John’s jazz version of this 1937 Rodgers & Hart tune.
JAM 239 - Lock And Key as played by the composer, James P. Johnson. A slow stride tune.
JAM 240 - Weeping Blues as played by the composer, James P. Johnson. A medium paced blues transcribed from his 1934 Bluebird record.
JAM 241 - Honey Hush as played by Don Ewell. John considered Ewell as one of the best jazz and stride pianists. Here Ewell dishes out a Fats Waller tune
JAM 242 - Centennial Rag as played by John Farrell. John gives this Charles Thompson rag some of his special treatment that jazzes it up a bit.