James Edwards "Jimmy" Yancey (February 20, 1894 – September 17, 1951) was an African American boogie-woogie pianist, composer, and lyricist. One reviewer noted him as "one of the pioneers of this raucous, rapid-fire, eight-to-the-bar piano style".
Yancey was born in Chicago in (depending on the source) 1894, or 1898. His older brother, Alonzo Yancey (1894 – 1944) was also a pianist, while their father was vaudeville guitarist and singer. By the age of ten, Yancey had toured across the United States as a tap dancer and Singer and by the age of twenty had toured throughout Europe. He began teaching himself to play the piano at 15 years old and by 1915 He was a noted pianist influencing younger musicians, such as Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons.Source: Wikipedia