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George V Johnson Jr

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: December 20, 1950    

George V Johnson Jr

THE LEGACY CONTINUES....

GEORGE V JOHNSON JR, writes lyrics about complex things: personal experiences, love, history, family, home, heaven and most of all Jazz! Phrases turn, emotions connect, melodies soar. It’s a fuel that burns full-throttle, ignited by the heat of his soulful voice and the power and passion of his performance. You sing along even though you’ve never heard the tune before. George writes from a perspective of distances, of interludes between lovers and lives and the roads that lead from small towns to big cities.

Vocalist, Lyricist, Actor, Playwright, Producer, Promoter, Consultant, Composer and Contributing Editor was born December 20, 1950 Washington DC. Attended Prince George’s Community College and Howard University School of Fine Arts. Self taught and first exposed to music by singing and participating regular with church and school choirs. He listened extensively, and emulated records played by his parents while growing up in the household. (Gospel, R&B, Rock & Roll, Classical, Blues and Jazz). ...
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Imagine listening to a seasoned jazz musician rip into a bebop solo so sizzling and smooth it makes your senses tingle. Close your eyes and play along. Try and picture the sweat bouncing off the performer like the notes that leap through the air. See if you can hear the mesmerizing melodies go up and down, bringing you through joy and sadness, taking your emotions on a sensory experience unlike any other. Now picture that musician and his beloved instrument: His voice. That's the art of vocalese, and that's what native D.C. son George V Johnson Jr. has been doing for over 40 years. Working as a performer, a D.C. Metrobus driver and a New Jersey train conductor at different times throughout his life, Johnson's latest work has taken the form of pedagogy. He has become a teacher and mentor to both aspiring and established vocalists from around the area, and most recently he has lent his years of experience and talent to AU, leading the AU jazz vocal ensemble. ~~By Ben Lozovsky

COLTRANE’S classic “Moments Notice” is a complete gas! Sanders like Coltrane, pulls and holds attention with his entrances. Bobby Hutcherson’s and Hicks solo’s are heated and models of vivid imagination. The three put forth some of the very best solo’s in the entire album. The there’s the arresting new talent introduced here on compact disc in debute -

GEORGE V JOHNSON JR., whose marvelous lyrics and viocal work are truly auspicous! He sngs with James Moody on occassion and is happily remindflul of the insistent giftness of the late EDDIE JEFFERSON. Johnson’s three stanzars close with ”Relax dig the sounds of Coltrane’s Music. Coltrane fills your heart with love and harmony. Trane played with magic. Listen to the melodies and you will see momently. When you here the message of his song!”. There’s no doubt in my mind that henceforth George V Johnson sholuld and will be sought for his own gift to the music. He sang the song for Sanders at the Village Vanguard, and Sanders “felt that George ought to be heard”.

Thank you, Pharoah Sanders for your spirit of sharing! Wheeeeee....what a dynamite track this is~~~~HERBIE WONG!

Primary Instrument:
Vocalist

Location:
Largo, MD

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Clinic/Workshop Information:
THE ART OF JAZZ VOCALESE LESSONS / WORKSHOP

Available on Skype: http://www.skype.com Skype contact: georgevjohnsonjr@hotmail.com

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDES:

. History of Jazz Vocalese

. The Art of Writing & Singing Good Lyrics

. Demonstration, Vocal Drills

. Importance of Diction, Rhythm, Presentation & Intonation

. Class Participation / Breakdown of Classic Solo's

. Class Reciting, Speaking, Singing & Writing original lyrics

. Repetition & Practice w/End of session performance

WORKSHOPS (SPECIAL GROUP RATES)

. 1 to 10 week programs or 1-5 day workshops

. Elementary / Jr., High / High Schools

. Colleges / Universities

. Master Classes / Seminars / Private Instructions

. If you sing in the shower, car or the closet. We want you!

Now Booking: USA, Canada, South America, Africa, Austrailia, UK, Europe, Asia

READ About GVJ: Suggested book: THINKING IN JAZZ! THE INFINITE ART OF IMPROVISATION! Author: Paul F. Berliner, Professor of Ethnomusicology at Northwestern University, Chicago IL.

Jazz Phrasing by Dr Gloria Cooper & Don Sickler: - A Workshop For The Jazz Vocalist with lyrics by George V Johnson Jr. It covers: Specific Rhythm Phrasing ­ interpreting 8th notes, specific rhythm figures; Open Phrasing ­ exploring tempos and styles, working with ballads; Tips on Performance ­ choosing a tempo and counting off, telling the song’s story, working with your ensemble; and more. The accompanying CD lets you: compare transcriptions to recorded examples, listen to vocal and instrumental examples, sing along with the rhythm section, create backgrounds and analyze arrangements.

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