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Lyrical and tasteful are the words used to describe Norman Johnson’s guitar playing. Norman has performed with such notables as Jerry Bergonzi, Bill Mays, Harvie S., Dave Brubeck, Phil Wilson, Chris Brubeck, and Pete Levin. In 1995, Norman, along with vocalist Dianne Mower, released their first collaborative cd “Maybe September” featuring Harvie S. This was followed by the big band recording “The New Millennium Jazz Ensemble” which featured Dianne Mower, Harvie S. and Bill Mays. Norman was a partner in “J/P Productions” through the 80’s and 90’s where he composed original music for clients including UPS, IBM, Pratt & Whitney, and Otis

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June Bisantz: It's Always You: June Bisantz Sings Chet Baker Vol. 2

Read "It's Always You: June Bisantz Sings Chet Baker Vol. 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Vocalist June Bisantz pays tribute to the singing of legendary trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker on this collection of standards associated with him. Along with collaborators pianist Alex Nakhimovsky and guitarist Norman Johnson (plus a number of other musicians), the group achieves its goal by emulation rather than imitation. Bisantz captures Baker's soft, intimate vocal sound, the key ...

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James Cammack: Both Sides Of The Coin: Part 1

Read "Both Sides Of The Coin: Part 1" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Though James Cammack began on electric bass in the mid-1970s, he's best known as the double-bassist for legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal, a role that kept him on his toes for a remarkable 29 years. Cammack has graced many of Jamal's best latter-day recordings, but it's really live, locking horns in an improvisational cauldron with Jamal and ...

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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 ...

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Guitarist Norman Johnson Releases Debut CD, "If Time Stood Still," August 10 on Pacific Coast Jazz

Guitarist Norman Johnson Releases Debut CD, "If Time Stood Still," August 10 on Pacific Coast Jazz

If Time Stood Still, the debut solo release from guitarist Norman Johnson on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, is an exquisite expression of music that has been waiting to happen. From sonic grooves reminiscent of Wes Montgomery and George Benson to the mysterious, sultry melodies that frame Johnson's distinctive sound, this recording integrates the best of ...


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