All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Aubrey Johnson

Aubrey Johnson

Aubrey Johnson is a New York-based vocalist, composer, and educator who specializes in jazz, Brazilian, and creative contemporary music with and without words. She holds a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory and is set to release her debut album under saxophonist Greg Osby’s new record label Inner Circle Music within the next year. In 2011 she joined the voice department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, becoming their youngest current voice teacher. In 2012, she joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory as the director of the school’s vocal jazz ensemble. In demand as both a side-person and a leader, Aubrey has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats Bobby McFerrin, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Mark Walker, Paul McCandless, Fred Hersch, and Jimmy Cobb.

Born to a musical family in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Aubrey fell in love with music at a very young age and soon after began singing in church and taking classical piano lessons. In middle school, Aubrey began studying jazz piano and voice with Lawrence University professor, Christine Salerno. These lessons, and a newfound love for improvised music, led her to pursue a degree in Vocal Jazz Performance at Western Michigan University. Her studies with Salerno also piqued her initial interest in Brazilian music, a style that has become a major influence on her work.

At WMU, Aubrey was a member of Gold Company, the university’s world-renowned vocal jazz ensemble, and studied classical and jazz voice with Dr. Monica Griffin Hunter and Diana Spradling, respectively. With Gold Company, directed by Dr. Steve Zegree, she performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Miller Auditorium, the 2006 IAJE conference in New York, and with Bobby McFerrin, Janis Siegel, Darmon Meader, Roger Treece, and Fred Hersch.

Read more

Tags

Album Review
Read more articles
Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Berklee College of Music - voice department New England Conservatory - vocal jazz ensemble director

Photos

Albums

Justin Page and...

Temporal Acuity Publishing
2021

buy

This is Our...

Next Level
2021

buy

Eberhard

Self Produced
2021

buy

Unraveled

Outside in Music
2020

buy

Acceptance

Mack Avenue Records
2020

buy

Atwood Suites

Origin Records
2018

buy

They Say There Are Beautiful Trees

From: This is Our Environment
By Aubrey Johnson

Karate

From: Unraveled
By Aubrey Johnson

These Days

From: Unraveled
By Aubrey Johnson

Dindi

From: Unraveled
By Aubrey Johnson

The Peacocks

From: Unraveled
By Aubrey Johnson

Voice Is Magic

From: Unraveled
By Aubrey Johnson

Lie In Wait

From: Unraveled
By Aubrey Johnson

Happy To Stay

From: Unraveled
By Aubrey Johnson

Unraveled

From: Unraveled
By Aubrey Johnson

Love Again

From: Unraveled
By Aubrey Johnson

No More 'I Love You's

From: Unraveled
By Aubrey Johnson

Two Islands III

From: Atwood Suites
By Aubrey Johnson

Similar

Sarah Vaughan
voice / vocals
Ella Fitzgerald
voice / vocals
Dianne Reeves
voice / vocals
Cassandra Wilson
voice / vocals
Bobby McFerrin
voice / vocals
Nancy Wilson
voice / vocals
Luciana Souza
voice / vocals
Joni Mitchell
voice / vocals
Dominique Eade
voice / vocals

Shop Amazon

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.