Due to popular demand hometown favorite, vocalist/lyricist/actor George V Johnson Jr. returns to Twins Lounge for a one night engagement Friday, December 16th. He’ll be celebrating 55 years on the planet. All Musicians and friends are invited to come out to Twins and join in the fun.
Johnson’s career spans over 30 years, dating back to the 70's with the late pianist John Malachi at the "PIGFOOT" workshop in NE Washington DC. If you have not had the opportunity to hear him in concert recently, he still presents one of the most explosive & energetic performances you'll witness anywhere in jazz. With a repertoire including original lyrics to John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Lou Donaldson, Arnold Sterling, David 'Fathead' Newman, Sonny Rollins and more you're in for a rare and special treat.
While spreading his wings in NYC with the legendary James Moody and Lou Donaldson, recognized as two of the top saxophonist in jazz. Johnson landed his recording debut after an introduction by the late Leon Thomas to Pharoah Sanders during a night hanging out at the Village Vanguard. Pharoah asked him to sit in and was very impressed after he sang his lyrics to John Coltrane‘s "Moments Notice. Five days later he called the singer and asked if he would like to hang out with him in NYC. When he got to the address he later found out it was Power Station Studio. After watching a brief part of the session in awe the great tenor asked Johnson if he’d like to sing his lyrics to Moments Notice! All it took was one take at a moments notice and the rest was history. The all star cast included John Hicks, Bobby Hutcherson, Dr Art Davis, Billy Higgins, Steve Turre and Danny Moore. It's the most popular cut and has since been re-released on CD by Evidence Music
He continued to perform occasionally throughout the 80’s and 90’s, but it was not until the year 2000 that he recorded again. Proving the value of the Internet, he researched, promoted and produced his first solo CD "Next In Line" on his own label Your Majesty Records. With only 1,500 copies he personally mailed over 800 to radio station around the world. A move that thrust him back into international spotlight like a breath of fresh air. Knowing the competition he was up against with major record labels, his marketing strategy featured the famous sixteen second sound bite with his mentor the late Eddie Jefferson proclaiming that George V Johnson Jr is "Next in Line, Next In Line". Thus, sending a wake up call throughout the jazz industry, that perseverance is the key and the Art of Jazz Vocalese is Well and Alive.
On the CD he gives us a long awaited performance combined with studio and several live cuts. Ranging from original lyrics to My Little Suede Shoes, Star Eyes, the original "Opening Night", and Freedom Jazz featuring Tina Prat on tap. The highlight of the CD is a breath taking live performance with the late drummer "Roy Brooks" and the Artistic Truth on Miles Davis’ "Bitches Brew" Live @ 1991 Detroit Montreau Jazz Festival. To his surprise Johnson was nominated "Best Jazz Vocals" for the 10th Annual LA Music Awards 2000 and won "Best Male Vocals" for the 1st Annual Harlem Jazz Poll Awards, bettering the likes of Jarreau, Elling, Mahogany, Benson, McFerrin and the lyrical headmaster of Vocalese "Jon Hendricks". Quite an accomplishment with almost a 20 year absence. If you have a copy hold on to it. It's out of print and a collectors item.
Order your tickets online today to hear a "National Treasure" in the making.
For bookings call: 301-336-5067