Hank Johnson Trio Meets Roy Campbell


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The Hank Johnson Trio just finished a weekend engagement at the Lenox Lounge in Harlem, New York and was surprised when Roy Campbell, (great jazz trumpet icon) dropped by. Roy Campbell hosts a jam session at the Lenox Lounge on Monday evenings from 10:00 P.M. until 2:00A.M. It was like magic when the blues got serious! “Cool Mike" Fitzbenjamin's bass lines, Hank Johnson's piano and Gary Smith, onm drums provided a vehicle that lit up the room! There were people from England, France, and locals who came out to dig the trio. It was swinging so hard the cows sure came home! Roy Campbell got down to the famous jazz standard TENDERLY which by the way was a tune first featured when Oscar Peterson in 1950 “set New York on it's heals" while performing for the first time in the United States at Carnegie Hall. Of course TENDERLY has been recorded by many jazz musicians however on January 3rd, 2004 at the famous Lenox Lounge in Harlem TENDERLY grooved into the cosmos, first as a ballad and then a swing reminecent of Lee Morgan & Oscar Peterson (Hank's Piano). Electricity was in the air, and people were listening and enjoying every second of it. -30-

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