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Kelley Johnson reaches her audience with storytelling, subtlety, soulfulness and swing. Twice chosen to be a Musical Ambassador abroad, her quartet auditioned live and was chosen by Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center in 2007, and the Kennedy Center in 2004 for lengthy tours for the US State Department. Kelley is the 2003 first place winner of the International Jazzconnect Vocal Competition, and the Jazz Education Journal listed her “Live at Birdland” as a Blue Chip Jazz Vocal album of 2004. Most recently, the CD recording “Music is the Magic” with it’s passionate world-view and original spoken-word, rose to#15 on the national jazz radio chart, Jazzweek

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The Music Never Stops: Tales of Wonder and Ms. B.C.

Read "The Music Never Stops: Tales of Wonder and Ms. B.C." reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we focus on new releases from pianist Danny Green's band LP and the Vinyl, vocalist Linda Purl, saxophonist Brian Landrus, the duo Const, plus a Stevie Wonder tribute by various Posi-Tone artists for his 70th birthday and a special single from Cynthia Scott, with more birthday shoutouts to lyricist Betty Comden and Betty Carter ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Why Should There Be Stars

Read "Why Should There Be Stars" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Besides a cursory review of some of the preliminary Grammy ballot submissions, this broadcast included new releases from trumpeter Wallace Roney, vocalists Lili Anel, Lynn Cardona and Heather Bambrick, guitarist Bill Frisell, pianists Hiromi, Lauren Lee and Brenda Earle Stokes, with birthday shout outs to vocalists Ann Richards (pictured) Lauren White, Melissa Stylianou plus pianists Abelita ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Autumn's Embrace and September Song

Read "Autumn's Embrace and September Song" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy Fall to all! This equinox broadcast includes new releases from guitarist Claudette King, vocalists Tish Oney, Kelley Johnson, Carolyn Fitzhugh and Chiara Izzi, pianist Sumitra and saxophonist Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School, with birthday shout outs to saxophonist Vi Redd (pictured), pianists Lovie Austin, Bobby Short, Kait Dunton, Helen Sung and Champian Fulton, guitarist Emily ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Jazzvox Presents: In Your Own Backyard

Read "Jazzvox Presents: In Your Own Backyard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Nich Anderson is a Northwest coast jazz vocalist and jazz vocals champion who has been bringing jazz vocal talent to his “house concerts" in Washington State for the past 10 years. Anderson and Origin Records' house presence Bill Anschell have produced a recording documenting some of this talent. The result is a collection of duets and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Highlights from the 2010 Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Read "Highlights from the 2010 Tanglewood Jazz Festival" reviewed by Rich Bradway

The annual Labor Day Weekend Tanglewood Jazz Festival took place this past weekend at the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Lenox, Massachusetts. Rich Bradway, the new media guru at Boston Symphony Orchestra was our roving reporter capturing highlights from the festival with a handheld and presented new video featurettes on Saturday ...

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Label: Sapphire
Released: 2008

NEWS: RECORDING

Singer Kelley Johnson's "Home" Debuts

Singer Kelley Johnson's "Home" Debuts

"A singer of new spiritual depth...behind the mere excellence of the songs, someone with a passionate world view and an urgent need to tell you about it." -Paul de Barros, Seattle Times Seattle jazz vocalist Kelley Johnson connects with her audience. Twice selected to be a Jazz Ambassador abroad, her quartet auditioned live and was chosen ...

Make Someone Happy

Label: Sapphire
Released: 1999
Track listing: How Long Has This Been Going On?; Moment to Moment; I Haven

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kelley Johnson: Make Someone Happy

Read "Make Someone Happy" reviewed by Jim Santella

Singer Kelley Johnson has a relaxed manner and a brassy aura that speaks clearly to the listener who wants to appreciate lyrics and become immersed in a song’s attitude. Searingly effective on slow, deliberate, dramatic ballads, such as “I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do" and “Moment to Moment," the singer points every phrase and shapes ...


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