With the commercial and Billboard chart success of his NAACP Image Award nominated CD, “Poetically Justified” (#4) in his rearview and having been included among the ranks of contemporary jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Vanessa Williams, for that nomination, Marcus Johnson is set to release his 12th CD titled, “This is How I Rock”, on July 27th. This album boldly signifies an evolution: Johnson’s deliberate crossing into the pop/rock genre with a jazz spin, inspired by some of pop music’s most celebrated songs, songs that remained a significant influence in the life of the award-winning keyboardist, composer and producer and motivated his desire to pay tribute to some of the greatest pop hits.
Poetically Justified CD Review
Mike Joyce - Washington Post
In the Outstanding Jazz Album category, pianist Marcus Johnson was recognized for his Poetically Justified CD...
Smooth Jazz Network
Nominated for Outstanding Jazz Album at the 41st NAACP Image Awards...
41st NAACP Image Awards
December 2009 Poetically Justified Marcus Johnson Marcus Johnson’s a master at the sort of sophisticated, smooth piano jazz heard best underneath the chatter at late-night cocktails...
Brian Soergel - JazzTimes
Marcus Johnson IS Poetically Justified