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10TH ANNUAL CONCERT SERIES

THE 2017 CONCERT SERIES

"CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF HONORING THE TRADITION, JAZZ AND BEYOND"

   

October 15, 2017

                                  George V. Johnson, Jr. (Jazz Vocalese)                                      

 

 

Jazz at Meade is proud to present George V. Johnson, Jr. This is a concert you don't want to miss!  Come witness one of the most exciting entertainers on the scene. Imagine listening to a seasoned jazz musician rip into a bebop solo so sizzling and smooth it makes your senses tingle.  Now picture that musician and his beloved instrument:  The voice of George V. Johnson, Jr!  That's the Art of Jazz Vocalese!  

George is a native Washingtonian and an award winning vocalist, lyricist and composer. He is one of the foremost practicioners of the Art of Jazz Vocalese - a style or musical genre of jazz singing wherein words are sung to melodies that were originally part of an all instrumental composition or improvisation as a tribute to the original instrumentalist such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis to name a few.  Other performers known for vocalese include legends like Al Jarreau and Cab Calloway as well as jazz vocal groups such as the Manhatten Transfer and Lamberts, Hendricks and Ross.  

His career spans over 40 years and he has become the preferred vocalist with many of the top players in the music business past and present including Eddie Jefferson, James Moody, Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson and more.  

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.  

In 2003, George V. Johnson, Jr. was commissioned by Don Sickler of Second Floor Music to pen lyrics to the music of jazz legend and saxophonist Hank Mobley.  Critics say this is one of the most important and extensive jazz vocalese projects to ever be presented to the public.  With Jazz Vocalese still in a state of infancy, you are in for a real treat! 

 Please join Jazz at Meade on Sunday, October 15th and help Jazz at Meade welcome "The Best Be Bop Singer in America" - George V. Johnson, Jr.  and his Quartet.   

 

 

 

 

 

ALL CONCERTS ARE HELD ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 4PM.

DONATION $20.00

***ARTIST SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

***The recording, reproduction or transmission of Artist’s performance is prohibited without prior permission of JAM and the artist.***