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Ellen Johnson

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 in September 2014 by Rowman and Littlefield

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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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Currently 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 for more information

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Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
Betty Carter Betty Carter
Tadd Dameron Tadd Dameron
Lorraine Feather Lorraine Feather
Vicki Burns Vicki Burns
Steve Herberman Steve Herberman
guitar, electric
Eric Frazier Eric Frazier
Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand
Lisa Hearns
Denise Donatelli Denise Donatelli
Dan Fogel
organ, Hammond B3
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