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George V. Johnson, Jr.


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


Walk Spirit Talk Spirit

Label: Your Majesty Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: 1. Knarrative Will Set Us Free (Spirit Talk Spirit) McCoy Tyner | GVJ Lyrics 2. All Aboard The Gravy Train (Gravy Train) Lou Donaldson | GVJ lyrics 3. Square Stay Out (No Room For Squares) Hank Mobley | GVJ lyrics 4. Music Around the World (Road Song) West Montgomery | GVJ lyrics 5. Come Fly Away With Me (Fly With The Wind) McCoy Tyner | GVJ lyrics 6. Canteloupe Island Herbie Hancock | Mark Murphy 7. Go Moose The Mooche (Moose The Mooche) Charlie Parker | GVJ lyrics 8. Do the Samba (Jive Samba) Nat Adderly | GVJ lyrics


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.


Article: Album Review

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

Read "Next In Line!" reviewed by Jim Santella

Following in the footsteps of Eddie Jefferson, vocalese singer George Johnson brings us a program of familiar bop tunes with original ideas for his solo debut. On the opening track, Jefferson’s voice can be heard introducing Johnson as “one of my students... from Washington DC. Next in line."Information at trentonjazz.com indicates that Johnson got ...


Article: Album Review

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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