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Ellen Johnson

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: December 18    

Ellen Johnson’s devotion to the jazz world spans more than 35 years as a professional jazz recording artist, educator, songwriter, lyricist, author, and publicist. Johnson 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, John Clayton and John Collins. Johnson’s performances have been described as “superior jazz singing by an artist of the highest quality” by Jazz Journal International and her past recording project These Days, (that featured a duet with jazz icon Sheila Jordan), was called by All About Jazz, a “sophisticated and successful album that raises the standard of modern jazz singing by at least one notch.” Johnson recently completed the biography Jazz Child: Portrait of Sheila Jordan to be released in September 2014 by Rowman and Littlefield...
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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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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...

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Primary InstrumentVocalist

LocationHercules, CA

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundCurrently teaching at the California Jazz Conservatory Jazzschool. M.M. Vocal Performance San Diego State University B.M. Vocal Performance American Conservatory of Music (Chicago, IL) Published: Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan (Rowman & Littlefield) The Vocal Warm Up You Sing Jazz Vocal Builders Go to www.ellenjohnson.net for more information

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