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At the age of 20 and the encouragement of family and friends, he seriously considered a career in music after realizing that he had a natural gift of writing lyrics , poetry and producing beautiful sounds with his voice. While listening to a radio broadcast about a Jazz Workshop being held at Bill Harris’ Nightclub called the PIGFOOT in N.E. Washington DC, he met pianist great John Malachi who help to shape and guide his career for the next 15 years. This enabled George to sing and come in contact with many of the worlds’ s finest musicians and recording artist.

On one occasion he met the late Eddie Jefferson, Jazz lyricist, Hoofer and Innovator, who pioneered the art of Vocalese” (writing lyrics to improvised horn solo?s) . Jefferson set lyrics to James Moody’s classic solo “Moody’s Mood for Love”, which was first Recorded by Clarence Beeks, aka “King Pleasure “. Years later the style was perfected by Jon Hendricks (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross):

His father’s love for the music and record collection exposed him to a world of entertainers. George loved to listen and emulate Jefferson, Hendricks, King Pleasure, Babs Gonzales, Dizzy Gillespie and Joe Carroll, Joe Williams, Oscar Brown Jr, James Brown, Frankie Lyman, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and many more. Later he had the rare opportunity to meet, study, travel and sing duets with Eddie Jefferson. This opened a whole new world that would shape his career for years to come. “THE MAKING OF A JAZZ SINGER”

He is considered by many as “Heir Apparent” to Jefferson’s innovation and is one of the foremost practitioners of the vocalese style on the Jazz scene today. He first turned heads on his debut recording in 1981 with “Pharaoh Sanders” on the LP REJOICE and was credited with vocals and lyric on Coltrane’s classic “Moments Notice “, later reissued on CD by Evidence Music



Throughout the 80's George was mentored and performed regularly with “James Moody & Lou Donaldson”. Two of the greatest saxophonist in the history of Jazz. His close association with Moody led to many Local & National Live Radio & Television Broadcasts, Carnegie Hall Kool Jazz Festivals, Town Hall Tribute to Charlie Parker w/Strings arranged by Barry Harris, So Seaport Jazz Festival, clubs throughout NYC including: Sweet Basil, Bottom Line, 7th Ave South, Village Vanguard, Village Gate, 1985 Grand reopening of Apollo Theater, yearly Grant’s Tomb, Jazz Mobile concerts throuhout NYC NJ, Phila. Wash DC., P.A., Indiana, Ohio, Mt. Vernon NY, Binghamton NY, Springfield Ma., & Hartford Ct.

Also an accomplished actor, he’s appeared in the Soldier’s Play, Mighty Gents, Hollywood Hussle, My Mark My Name, Garvey, Trials & Tribulations of Stagger Lee Booker T Brown, with Ricky Payton they penned the lyrics for “Santa”s Starship & more.

In 1979 with Howard University, he Premiered in a 6 month European Tour of the Broadway Musical “RAISIN” and “SOUL OF SOUL”, playing sold out performances at Stat Theatre's throughout Switzerland in St. Gallen, Geneva, Zurich, Bern, Luzerne, Basel, Lugano, Liechtenstein including three months in Paris, France.


Johnson says, playing with Donaldson Lou was like singing with Charlie Parker. He was able to sing all his “BIRD” lyrics while Donaldson would play along while he sang the solo’s note for note. Being on stage with Lou Donaldson was one of the greatest feelings you could imagine. They first met in 1975 at the Pigfoot Jazz Club located in Washington DC when Donaldson dropped by to see longtime freind and pianist John Malachi. It was there where they both met and played together on “NOW”S THE TIME”. Whenever George shows up at his concerts unannounced, Lou doesn’t hesitate to bring him up to sing.

In 2003, George V Johnson Jr. was commissioned by Don Sickler of Second Floor Music to pen lyrics to the music of jazz legend and saxophonist, Hank Mobley. Since taking on the project Johnson has skillfully, completed over 40 of Mobley’s classic compositions. Some with complete solo’s. Critics are already saying this is one of the most important & extensive projects to be presented to the public from the jazz vocalese realm in many, years. With Jazz Vocalese, still in a state of infancy, Johnson has almost single handedly kept the vocalese dream alive as exemplified from his performances presenting the Music of Hank Mobley. A feat unmatched by any of his peers in jazz music. His lyrics are well rounded, beautifully written and a classic work of art. In the spirit of Eddie Jefferson, Johnson’s a modern day “GRIO” telling stories our ancestors would be very proud of.

Hank Mobley recorded many of his classic compositions on the Blue Note label featuring some of the greatest names in jazz. Mobley composed over 100 songs that are becoming jazz classics and every musicians dream. Johnson’s soulful style and earthly lyrics to this great composers work establishes new dimensions in Jazz Vocalese. The voice accented with skillful musicians magically connects with the Mobley Spirit. Just imagine! Swinging, stories that take you on a musical voyage. Everyone should experience this. See what the buzz is all about. Join in the fun and bring the music of Hank Mobley to your city today. It’s Jazzically wonderful.

Hank’s Symphony, Soul Station, Dig Dis, No Room For Squares, East of The Village, This I Dig of You, Take Your Pick, Three Way Split, Split Feelings, Up A Step, Work Out, The Baptist Beat, My Groove Your Move, Soft Impressions, Hank’s Waltz, Chain Reaction, Roll Call, Syrup & Biscuits, Snappin Out, Comin’ Back, The Feelings Good, Uh Huh, Up Over and Out, Looking East, Cute N’ Pretty, Third Time Around, Bossa For Baby, Ballin, Madeline, No More Goodbyes, The Break Through, Hank’s Other Bag, Infra Rae, Straight NoFilter, Caddy for Daddy, The Morning After. . . and more.


As a leader George V Johnson has appeared at BET On Jazz, Twins Lounge, Twins Jazz, Utophia, Left Bank Jazz Society, Takoma Station, Westminster Church Jazz Series, Channel Inn, Smithsonian Institute, Blues Alley, East Coast Jazz Festivals, Kansas City, JazzInn in Albuquerque, Sante Fe, Taos, Arizona, LA Music Awards, Orange Co College, CA, Hartford CT, Detroit, Springfield Arts Festival, REDBONE Jazz & Blues Cafe, Kingston Jamaica, Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, Natalie’s, Ogontz Grill, Zanzibar Blue, & Gloria’s Seafood Cafe in Phila, Pa., Delaware, Yonkers Waterfront Pier, Borders Books, Va., John & Peters, Joe’s Mill Hill Saloon ,Trenton War Memorial, Urban Word, Mill Playhouse, Sugar Hill Cafe, St Nicks Pub & Lenox Lounge in Historic Harlem, w/Lou Donaldson at Charlie Parker Jazz Festivals, Jazz Mobiles & the Village Vanguard, Larry Ridley & the Jazz Legacy Ensemble at the IAJE 2000 Convention in New Orleans w/concert in the Super Dome. They also played Jazz Mobiles, Brooklyn Jazz Festival Tribute to Freddie Hubbard at Up Over Jazz Cafe and Concerts at the Schomberg in NYC. Hank Mobley Jazz Festival 2003 at Jazz Standard, 1st Ammal Trenton Jazz Summit, 1st Annual Baltimore Jazz Summit 2003, March 2002- The 2nd International Artist Conclave Jerusalem, “God Bless the Child” Film Documentary in Solidarity with all Children in Conflict. A 7-day tour of Israel with 15-yr. former “Tonight Show” Saxophonist & Educator Arnie Lawrence, Co-Founder of the New School in NYC. Arnies Band of Angels consist of Jews, Palestinians, Arabs & Americans: Appearing at Arnie’s Jazz Ness Cafe, YMCA Hall, Mt. Meirom (Overlooking the Sea of Galilee), The Galil, Hemdat Yamin, Haifa, Mt Olive, Televiv at Snyder’s” Children Hospital w/center court concert for children in kidney dialysis ward. George V Johnson was bestowed the name “PRINCE OF PEACE” for his Contributions & Courage while touring Israel. It was truly a blessing to have stayed at the Mt Zion Hotel, only a few blocks from the Holy City of David and King Solomon’s Temple. I vigorously, explored paths where Jesus Christ & his Disciples traveled and at the Wailing Wall. I prayed daily for World Peace. Amen! Your Majesty, George V Johnson,Jr., Next In Line!


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WWFM Radio Interview with music host Jim Snedeker & George V Johnson Jr 1986. Conversing about Eddie Jefferson and writing lyrics to Improvised solo's. Vocal and lyrical demonstrations around Charlie Parker's solo on "MY LITTLE SUEDE SHOES" and John Coltrane's "Moments Notice". Feedback always welcomed..

Also a rare 1977 recording with Eddie Jefferson and Johnson "Next In Line" performing duets on "I Got the Blues" aka Lester Leaps in Philadelphia at Grendals Lair.

EXPLORE THE ART OF JAZZ VOCALESE - Singing and writing lyrics to improvised solo's (Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gilespie, James Moody, Hank Mobley, Barry Harris, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon, David 'Fathead' Newman, etc) Bring the Art of Vocalese to your organization, institution, school, university, club, festival. It's fun, educational, intense and historical.

JAZZ VOCALESE WORKSHOP INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDES:

. History of Jazz Vocalese

. The Eddie Jefferson School of Bop

. The Art of Writing & Singing Good Lyrics

. Demonstration, Vocal Drills

. Importance of Diction, Rhythm, Presentation & Intonation

. Class Participation / Breakdown of Classic Solo's

. Class Reciting, Speaking, Singing & Writing original lyrics

. Repetition & Practice w/End of session performance

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. Elementary / Jr., High / High Schools

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DC Music Center 1st Annual Holiday Recital Saturday, December 10th @ All Souls Church - Wash DC

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Understanding The Power of Communication with Music: by George V Johnson Jr

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Understanding The Power of Communication with Music

By George V. Johnson, Jr.



Since the beginning of time music has always been a source of communication. Today it is one of the most powerful ways to influence, enhance, educate or destroy one's mind. Especially, young minds! No matter what nationality, handing down history or sending information through music breaks all color barriers.



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At 6:44pm on June 8, 2015, Abbe Buck said…
I think you have a spammer on the network
At 12:56am on December 10, 2013, Coniece Washington said…

I live near Everlasting Life so I will try to attend the Jazz is Cooking show.

Coniece

At 6:30am on October 28, 2013, Mark Mosley said…

Just read you got married! Congratulations!

At 11:28pm on August 27, 2013, George V Johnson Jr. said…

At 1:14pm on February 25, 2013, Gloria Ware said…

George,

I need your help getting the word out about our first CD, WILBUR WARE SUPER BASS. It's available on our website: http://www.wilburwareinstitute.org/CD, and it's also available on CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes, and other places where music is sold. Let me know if you are willing to assist. Thanks so much. Love,  Gloria

At 9:30pm on December 6, 2012, David Powell said…

Filming for The Harder They Fall should begin in Feburary. I'll keep you posted.

At 8:01pm on November 7, 2012, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

dear Geiòrge V Jhonso,

Congratulations Barack Obama's reelection.
I'm very happy, and you?

regards

Marta:)

At 3:38pm on May 30, 2012, James M. Janisse said…

George, I'll be back in DC on the 23rd of June. I'll call you later. My job is sending me back there and this time we can hang out in the evening. BTW I'm lovin' this vocal version of "This I Dig Of You". I need to be playing this on "The Wonderful World of Jazz" which now airs Monday thru Friday from Noon to 4pm(PST).

At 1:21pm on April 21, 2012, Janice Price said…

George:

 saw where you are going to be at the Prime Smoke House on the 28th.  I would love to be there but I have a show in Greensboro.  Call me when you get to town.  336-497-8920.  Would love to get together.  I''ll be there on the 4th and 5th.  Stay in touch.

Your Friend,

Janice Price

At 8:47pm on November 12, 2011, Clairdee said…

Hi George! You have created an amazing place to explore, listen, watch, network and enjoy an incredible array of jazz-related activity. Thank you again for inviting me to be a part of the Washington DC Jazz Network! Talk soon. Well wishes, ~c~

At 10:23pm on October 28, 2011, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…

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The Art of Jazz Vocalese

Writing & Singing Lyrics to Improvised Solos as presented by:

 

"THE FATHER THE ART OF JAZZ VOCALESE"

 

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August 3 1918 - May 9, 1979

 

 

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At 9:59pm on October 28, 2011, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…

I'm a student of the Eddie Jefferson School of Bop!

Ayelet Zohar, PhD (Smithsonian Institute) - Haifa, Israel

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Dr. Ayelet Zohar, History of Art and Asian Studies Depts.

University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel,

Israel Letter of Reference

 

To whom it may concern George V. Johnson Jr. was my jazz singing teacher over the period of summer 2011 (June-September 2011).George is an outstanding singer in his own right, and has wonderful teaching abilities that complete this skill. George is a sensitive and thoughtful instructor, and was attentive to any request or complexity I have faced through the process of learning his style of jazz singing, the vocalese.

In the past, I was learning jazz with several teachers in California, people who gave me the opportunity to take my first steps into the realm of jazz. However, it was through my study with George that I could experience the heart and nature of true, black culture deep connection to jazz, and how this singing was born out of the painful history of black communities in the US, joined with the cheerful and happy moments of music making and pleasures of life. George introduced me to important musicians in his cycle such as Eddie Jefferson, James Moody, Hank Mobley, Miles Davis, Sarah (Sassy) Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and more. When teaching me Hank Mobley’s This I Dig of You, George was working with me on correct pronunciation and tempo; When working on Miles Davis’ So What, George emphasized modes of wording and rhythm, and the relationship between lyrics and tune; when working on Body &Soul it was emotion and modes of expression that was in the focus; George was also very helpful in helping me to re-shape and better understand the modus and style of songs such as Dat Dere, Joy Spring, I’ve Got it Bad, and more.

 

All in all, George proved to be an extremely talented individual who helped me tremendously in understanding jazz music background and way of singing, the genealogical ties between people and style, and how all these link together to become a unique style of singing which George V, Johnson Jr. is indeed, a master of.  I highly recommend any individual or group to take George as their singing instructor!

 

Sincerely, Dr. Ayelet Zohar

History of Art and Asian Studies depts..University of Haifa Mt. Carmel 31905 Haifa

At 5:53pm on October 16, 2011, George V Johnson Jr. said…
At 8:15pm on October 11, 2011, Marshall C Booze Jr said…
Thanks for the add, George.
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At 7:43pm on March 23, 2011, Maria Miller said…
HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY..
At 8:07pm on February 27, 2011, Maria Miller said…
HELLO GEORGE**
At 10:46am on January 30, 2011, Yasuhiro "Fuji" Fujioka said…

Many thanks for Washington DC Jazz Network you founded. I am enjoying interveiws and music.

Fuji

At 11:55pm on December 9, 2010, Lutalo Olutosin said…

George,

  You continue to be an inspiration to many Jazz vocalists who strive for excellence.  Just want you  to know you are appreciated for what you've done and for what you are doing with the DCJazznetwork.  

Don't stop Bro!

 

Lu

At 5:54pm on December 8, 2010, Ginger Dee said…
Good to see you featured here today sir!

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I think the idea is now for blacks to write about the history of our music. It's time for that, because whites have been doing it all the time. 

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George, thank you and thank GOD for blessing you with insight to create WDCJN!   The Network has been my connection to the greatest Jazz Legends alive today and Emerging Jazz Icons.  Many of whom I've met and collaborated with over the last 3 yrs after our introduction.  Its a Wonderful thing when Creativity collides with History, Experience and Cosmic Energy and that's exactly the vortex you've created with the WDCJN.  Keep letting your light Shine Brother,......... Keep letting it SHINE~~~Lou

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Put it this way: Jazz is a good barometer of freedom… In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence through which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people say it is the only unhampered, unhindered expression of complete freedom yet produced in this country.~~~Duke Ellington

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Introducing
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In The Beginning...
"The Pigfoot Jazz Workshop 1974"
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Introducing the One & Only
"YOUR MAJESTY"
George V Johnson Jr
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October 29, 2012

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The W.D.C.J.N. is now internationally reaching Jazz musician, enthusiasts and aficionados, promoters, festivals of Jazz around the world. A real eye opener for people researching the history and present day development an evolution of America’s only original art form and historical legacy.
I fully endorse this institution  "The Washington DC Jazz Network" and encourage anyone that is fond of Jazz to visit the Washington D.C. Jazz Network; today and become a member or make a donation to a worthy cause.

Sincerely!!!

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Belgium
 
 
 

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The guest soloist will be saxophonist Javon Jackson. Mr. Jackson is a veteran of the bands of Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones and Les McCann. There will also be a performance by AFRO BLUE, the award winning vocal jazz ensemble.
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W.D.C.J.N. is one of the first American Jazz Networks to embrace the remaining truly great Jazz legends of our times and upcoming Jazz great through today’s social media.
 
The W.D.C.J.N. is now internationally reaching Jazz musician, enthusiasts and aficionados, promoters, festivals of Jazz around the world. A real eye opener for people researching the history and present day development an evolution of America’s only original art form and historical legacy.

I fully endorse this institution and encourage anyone that is fond of Jazz to visit the Washington D.C. Jazz Network; today and become a member or make a donation to a worthy cause.

Sincerely!!!

Maxwell Price
Belgium

 

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