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George V. Johnson, Jr.

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George V. Johnson has had an incredible journey leading up to this recording and I have been a witness to the ride since the beginning in the 1970s. The title “Your Majesty” comes from John Malachi who mentored George when he was getting started with his vocalese. Not hip to John Malachi? If your listening to the music of George Johnson, you probably are, but just in case… John Malachi was born in North Carolina but grew up in Washington, DC. As a teenager he and fellow pianist Billy Taylor would check out Jelly Roll Morton at the Jungle Inn on U Street. One of his closest friends was Thomas Barrett, my wife Sondra’s dad

Album

Next In Line!

Label: Your Majesty Records
Released: 2000
Track listing: Eddie Jefferson sound bite: Opening Night; My Little Suede Shoes; Star Eyes; Nigerian ju ju Highlife; Gingerbread Boy; Freedom Jazz Dance; Bitches Brew.

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George V Johnson, Jr.: Next In Line!

Read "Next In Line!" reviewed by Craig Jolley


A student of the late Eddie Jefferson, Washington, D.C.-based vocalist George V. Johnson takes his cue from Jefferson's later (1970's) sound with a repertoire drawn largely from the contemporaneous Miles Davis book. The versatile Johnson whose resume includes acting, teaching, and producing wrote lyrics (mainly vocalese) for five of the tunes. “Freedom Jazz Dance," the most ...

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George V. Johnson, Jr.: Next In Line!

Read "Next In Line!" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Just when you wonder what will happen to the art of vocalese, other than its sustenance by a few artists like Kurt Elling, George V. Johnson, Jr. sneaks onto the scene with his own self-produced CD that begs for attention. And deservedly so. A student of legendary vocalese singer Eddie Jefferson, Johnson for whatever ...

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Article: Album Review

George V. Johnson, Jr.: Next In Line!

Read "Next In Line!" reviewed by AAJ Staff


George V. Johnson Jr is a talented young jazz vocalist that specializes in a brand of jazz singing popularized most notably by Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson called vocalese. In fact, the title of this CD, Next in Line brings to bear the very words uttered by Eddie Jefferson (heard in the opening seconds of the ...


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