Benny Golson Presents George V Johnson Jr "The Jazz Scatter" America's #1 BeBop Singer




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Published on Mar 25, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson Live @ Bohemian Caverns featuring Sharp Radway-piano, Kris Funn-bass, John Lamkin-drums and
"THE JAZZ SCATTER" Surprise Guest George V Johnson Jr "The Art of Vocalese" Charlie Parker Medely - My Little Suede Shoes (original lyrics by GVJ) & Now's the Time!

This guy carries his grove around in his pocket! He's a jazz scatter! Swings harder than any jazz singer on the planet ~~~Benny Golson http://www.bennygolson.com

Writing and singing lyrics to improvised solos...

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 Jazz 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. Metro Bus 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..

He's Next in Line, Next in Line~~~ Eddie Jefferson
Innovator & Father of the Art of Jazz Vocalese

Available for Bookings: Festivals, Clubs, Concerts, Cruise Ships, Private Parties, Master Classes, Private Vocalese lessons.

Your Majesty
George V Johnson Jr
Executive Director & CEO

George V Johnson Jr from Washington DC the Best BeBop Singer in America. Give him a gig~~~Lou Donaldson


Heir Apparent and Student of the late great Eddie Jefferson (The Father of The Art of Jazz Vocalese),


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.

He is considered by many as "Heir Apparent" to Jefferson's innovation and is one of the foremost practitioners of the vocalese style on the Jazz scene today. He first turned heads on his debut recording in 1981 with "Pharaoh Sanders" on the LP REJOICE and was credited with vocals and lyric on Coltrane's classic "Moments Notice ", later reissued on CD by Evidence Music

Throughout the 80's George was mentored and performed regularly with "James Moody & Lou Donaldson". Two of the greatest saxophonist in the history of Jazz. His close association with Moody led to many Local & National Live Radio and Television Broadcasts, Carnegie Hall Kool Jazz Festivals, Town Hall Tribute to Charlie Parker w/Strings arranged by Barry Harris, South Seaport Jazz Festival, clubs throughout NYC including: Sweet Basil, Bottom Line, 7th Avenue South, Village Vanguard, Village Gate, Grand reopening of Live @ the Apollo' Apollo Theatre, yearly Grant's Tomb, Jazz Mobile concerts throuhout NYC NJ, Phila. Wash DC., P.A., Indiana, Ohio, Mt. Vernon NY, Binghamton NY, Springfield Ma., & Hartford Ct


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