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Ellen Johnson's Distinctive New Release "Form & Formless" Honors The Way Of Life

Ellen Johnson's Distinctive New Release "Form & Formless" Honors The Way Of Life

“So much of life, like music, is the art of listening and responding,” said west coast vocalist Ellen Johnson about her recording, Form & formless, released June 9, 2015 by Vocal Visions Records. So far the recording has received praise for it's unusual format based on what Johnson calls the “formless” way, taken from a poem ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ellen Johnson's Bold New Recording "Form & Formless" Explores Duality In Creative Improvisation

Ellen Johnson's Bold New Recording "Form & Formless" Explores Duality In Creative Improvisation

“So much of life, like music, is the art of listening and responding,” said west coast vocalist Ellen Johnson about her conceptual new recording, Form & formless, slated for release by Vocal Visions Records on June 9, 2015. Most singers are not comfortable with having to create a song on the spot, out of nothing, but ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Countdown To Raise Funds for Revolutionary Publishing Technology Featuring Sheila Jordan

Countdown To Raise Funds for Revolutionary Publishing Technology Featuring Sheila Jordan

NEA Jazz Master, Sheila Jordan, never imagined her biography would be an innovative digital media book. For more than five years, author and vocalist Ellen Johnson has been researching and writing Jordan's fascinating life story about the vocal jazz legend. “Jazz Child: The Sheila Jordan Story," a Kickstarter crowd-funding project, will be created with the latest ...

NEWS: EVENT

The Wahya Consort Premieres "Mingus and Beyond" to Benefit The Humane Society

The Wahya Consort Premieres "Mingus and Beyond" to Benefit The Humane Society

An exciting day of jazz events includes The Wahya Consort making their debut with a premiere of, “Mingus and Beyond," on Sunday June 12, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ojai Arts Center located at 113 South Montgomery Street in Ojai. The Wahya Consort includes vocalist Ellen Johnson, pianist Bevan Manson, percussionist Brad ...

NEWS: EVENT

L.A. Premiere of Jazz Messages: The Sheila Jordan Story

L.A. Premiere of Jazz Messages: The Sheila Jordan Story

Legendary jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan will present the L.A. première of Jazz Messages: The Sheila Jordan Story on Friday, March 11th. This unique performance is based on Jordan's upcoming biography, Jazz Child: The Story of Sheila Jordan, by author and vocalist, Ellen Johnson who will be reading excerpts from the forthcoming book while Ms Jordan shares ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Norman Johnson: If Time Stood Still

Read "If Time Stood Still" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Norman Johnson was in high school in Jamaica when he heard George Benson and became interested in the guitar. He says that he was mesmerized by Benson, and though he figured that he was too old at 16 to begin playing an instrument he went ahead. Later studying at the Hartt School of Music with Jackie ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Poet E.J. Antonio Releases Debut CD, Featuring Christian McBride, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session

Poet E.J. Antonio Releases Debut CD, Featuring Christian McBride, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session

Poet E.J. Antonio, a 2009 fellow in poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a recipient of fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the Cave Canem Foundation, envisioned her debut CD, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session, as an “in-the-moment jam session." This recording is a unique blend of spoken ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jazz Station - Vocal CD of the Month - "Dancing with Johnny"

Jazz Station - Vocal CD of the Month - "Dancing with Johnny"

From Jazz Station by Arnaldo DeSouteiro Vocal CD of the Month Linda Ciofalo: “Dancing with Johnny" (Lucky Jazz) 2010 A very pleasant surprise, full of surprises thanks to the creative arrangements (by pianist John DiMartino and Linda herself) and, of course, the lovely vocal & instrumental performances. On this self-produced release, Ciofalo is backed by Grammy ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Poet E. J. Antonio Debuts CD Featuring Christian McBride

Poet E. J. Antonio Debuts CD Featuring Christian McBride

Poet E.J. Antonio envisioned her debut CD, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session, as an “in-the-moment jam session." This recording is a unique blend of spoken words that dance with the sonic diversity of instruments as they wind their way through the genres of jazz, blues, gospel, r&b, and Afro-Latin rhythms. “I often ...

NEWS: TECHNOLOGY

How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online?

How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online?

How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online?I ran across this interesting article about the earnings of digital music from musicians/artists. Sad to say, it's not a surprise but certainly demonstrates how difficult it is to make a living in the music business today.Which is why it's important to stay flexible and prolific ...


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