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Ayelet Zohar, PhD (Smithsonian Institute) - Haifa, Israel
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 Ihave 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 wasborn 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 hiscycle 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 reshape 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
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