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Ellen Johnson

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: December 18    

Ellen has performed, recorded and studied with many exceptional musicians including; Charles McPherson, Louie Bellson, Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Don Braden, Willie Pickens, Roy McCurdy, Billy Drummond, Cameron Brown, Rick Helzer, John Clayton, Gene Aitken, Hugh Martin, Marni Nixon, and George Shirley. She has appeared nationally and internationally at many prestigious venues, past and present. Described by Jazz Journal International Magazine as “superior jazz singing by an artist of the highest quality,” Ellen has three solo jazz CDs: These Days, Chinchilla Serenade and Too Good To Title. These Days, called “one of the best albums to be heard from a no-nonsense jazz singer” (Downbeat) and a “sophisticated and successful album that raises the standard of modern jazz singing by at least one notch” (All About Jazz), features a duet with legendary vocalist Sheila Jordan. In 2006 jazz journalist and producer, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, selected Johnson as one of the top three jazz vocalists of the year along with Dianne Reeves and Diana Krall. Ellen, known for her dedication to the vocal music of Charles Mingus, premiered Mingus and Beyond, in San Diego and as part of the Wahya Consort concert performance during the 2011 Ojai Music Festival activities....
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    These Days

    Vocal Visions
    2007
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    These Days

    Vocal Visions
    2006
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    Too Good To Title

    Time Music International Limited
    1995

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Featured recording “These Days”

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These Days

Vocal Visions (2006)

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Ellen Johnson's These Days is one of the best albums to be heard from a no-nonsense jazz singer in the past year; she and her recording are worthy of serious consideration for placement in the 2007 DownBeat Critics Poll”. -Frank-John Hadley, Longtime DownBeat writer, etc.

“As “These Days” proceeds the soul of Ellen Johnson emerges, and she leaves no doubt about the wide range of her talents. In addition, the album reminds us of the fresh ideas, impressive technique and passion for the music that Ellen Johnson offers listeners. “These Days” is a true delight. “ -Bill Donaldson, Jazz Improv

“Chosen as one of the top three jazz vocalists with Diana Krall and Dianne Reeves for 2006” -Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Tribuna Bis Rio de Janeiro

“Johnson has released a challenging, sophisticated and successful album that raises the standard of modern jazz singing by at least one notch...

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Primary InstrumentVocalist

LocationConcord, CA

Willing to teachBeginners

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