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!
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
WORKSHOPS (SPECIAL GROUP RATES)
. 1 to 10 week programs or 1-5 day workshops
. Elementary / Jr., High / High Schools
. Colleges / Universities
. Master Classes / Seminars / Private Instructions / Artist in Residence
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I live near Everlasting Life so I will try to attend the Jazz is Cooking show.
Just read you got married! Congratulations!
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
Filming for The Harder They Fall should begin in Feburary. I'll keep you posted.
dear Geiòrge V Jhonso,
Congratulations Barack Obama's reelection.
I'm very happy, and you?
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).
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.
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~
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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
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Many thanks for Washington DC Jazz Network you founded. I am enjoying interveiws and music.
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!
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