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Ellen Johnson

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Ellen Johnson’s devotion to the jazz world spans more than 35 years as a professional jazz recording artist, educator, songwriter, lyricist, author, and publicist. Johnson has performed, recorded and studied with many exceptional musicians including; Charles McPherson, Louie Bellson, Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Don Braden, Willie Pickens, Roy McCurdy, John Clayton and John Collins. Johnson’s performances have been described as “superior jazz singing by an artist of the highest quality” by Jazz Journal International and her past recording project These Days, (that featured a duet with jazz icon Sheila Jordan), was called by All About Jazz, a “sophisticated and successful album that raises the standard of modern jazz singing by at least one notch.” Johnson recently completed the biography Jazz Child: Portrait of Sheila Jordan in September 2014 by Rowman and Littlefield

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Form & formless

Label: Vocal Visions
Released: 2015

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News: Recording

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 ...

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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 ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Jazz Child: A Portrait Of Sheila Jordan Biography By Ellen Johnson Released By Rowman And Littlefield

Jazz Child: A Portrait Of Sheila Jordan Biography By Ellen Johnson Released By Rowman And Littlefield

When Sheila Jordan dropped a nickel in the jukebox of a Detroit diner in the 1940s and heard “Now’s The Time” by Charlie Parker, she was instantly hooked—and so began a seventy-year jazz journey. With Jordan’s full cooperation, author Ellen Johnson documents the fascinating career of the 85-year-old NEA Jazz Master who stands today as one ...

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Article: Album Review

Kayle Brecher: Spirals And Lines

Read "Spirals And Lines" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Kaylé Brecher's 2012 Spirals and Lines is a brass-rich, dramatic exploration of the vocalist, arranger and composer's various influences, with an understated yet solid political and social leitmotif.A delightfully original trio interprets singer/songwriter Bob Dylan's “Paths of Victory" as a New Orleans-style marche. Propelled by drummer Erik Johnson's precise and rumbling beats, Brecher delivers ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Ellen Johnson Sings the Vocal Music of Charles Mingus in Concert

Ellen Johnson Sings the Vocal Music of Charles Mingus in Concert

Called “superior jazz singing by an artist of the highest quality" by Jazz Journal International, Ellen Johnson will be sharing her unique style and repertoire of jazz vocals joined by San Diego jazz artists, pianist Rick Helzer and bassist Rob Thorsen. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, October 15 with one show at 9:00 PM at ...

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News: Recording

A Unique Way to Honor Your Mother This Mother's Day

A Unique Way to Honor Your Mother This Mother's Day

"From A Mother's Heart" is a musical tribute featuring mostly original compositions written by the artists who perform them and each one is dedicated to their own mother. In an effort to be Eco-friendly and keep this project kind to “mother earth" the CD is available exclusively as a download through digital media sources like iTunes, ...


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