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George V Johnson Jr is a Master of the Art of Jazz Vocalese.  This lyricist, actor, playwright, producer, promoter, composer and contributing editor was born in Washington DC on December 20 1950.  He graduated from Spingarn Hiigh School in 1968, also attended Prince George's Community College and Howard University School of Fine Arts. CEO and Founder of the Washington DC Jazz Network. www.washingtondcjazznetwork.ning.com

Johnson's career began at the jazz club owned by Bill & Fanny Harris called PIGFOOT. At the workshops he was mentored by John Malachi and later Shirley Horn.  His career spas over 40 years. After 3 years of close guidance and mentorship in 1977 he was named heir apparent and Next In LIne by the Father of Vocalese Eddie Jefferson,   He has shared the stage with many jazz griants including James Moody, Lou Donaldson, Dizzy Gillespie, Wallace Roney, Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Rodney Whitaker, CD Next In LIne featuring Herman Foster & Arnold Sterling, Jimmy Heath, Buck Hill, Marcus Belgrave, Cliff Monear and more...

George was privileged to make his recording debut with the legendary Pharoah Sanders on the LP "Rejoice" in 1981 featuring original lyrics to John Coltrane's Classic Moments Notice.  Since retiring from New Jersey Transit Rail as a train conductor several years ago Johnson's career is on the move. Washington City Paper 2016 Best Vocalist of the Year.  His recent tours and performances include 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival "Hank's Symphony", Steinway Jazz Cafe * Chicago Jazz Showcase, Denmark, Israel, Parma Italy, Atlanta, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Jazz Mobile New York, Philadelphia, Montenegro with Madeinnyintl Jazz All-Stars performance for President Filip Vujanovic, Charlie Parker Celebration * Blue Room American Jazz Museum and the DC Jazz Festival at the National Gallery of the Art Sculpture Gardens entertaining more than 16,000 fans. He has produced "MONK" starring 5 time Adelco Award winning Actor Rome Neal @ Blair Mansions, Black Angels Over Tuskegee by Layon Gray @ Navy Memorial Museum, TUNISIA by Smokey Stevens and more..

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 and still counting. Some with complete solo’s. Critics are already saying this is one of the most important and extensive projects to be presented to the public from the jazz vocalese realm in many, many years. With Jazz Vocalese, still in a state of infancy.

GEORGE V JOHNSON JR., whose marvelous lyrics and viocal work are truly auspicous! He sngs with James Moody on ocassion and is happily remindflul of the insistent giftness of the late EDDIE JEFFERSON. Johnson’s three stanzars close with ”Relax dig the sounds of Coltrane’s Music. Coltrane fills your heart with love and harmony. Trane played with magic. Listen to the melodies and you will see momently. When you here the message of his song!”. There’s no doubt in my mind that henceforth George V Johnson should and will be sought for his own gift to the music. He sang the song for Sanders at the Village Vanguard, and Sanders “felt that George ought to be heard”.

Thank you, Pharoah Sanders for your spirit of sharing! Wheeeeee....what a dynamite track this is~~~~HERBIE WONG!

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For bookings contact: 

Gina Brooks / steamingreens@yahoo.com 

Available for Concerts, tours, clubs, festivals, jazz cruise, workshops, master classes, radio, tv, theater, film, recordings, lyrics, voice overs, master of ceremony

 

Previous events

DONVONTE MCCOY QUINTET FEATURING GEORGE V JOHNSON JR

Eighteenth Street Lounge, 1212 18th St NW , Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Come on out! Two nights of fun. Donvonte McCoy Quintet featuring George V Jr Johnson Herbert Scott, Samuel Prather, Eliot Seppa Dana Hawkins. Three floors, Four Rooms of fun with Live DJs. DCs hottest night spot! See You There!

Donvonte McCoy is one of today's finest jazz trumpeter's and composers. Donvonte has performed with many artists such as Curtis Fuller, Lionel Hampton, Jason Moran, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, George V Johnson Jr, Steve Williams and Eric Wyatt to name a few. Donvonte leads his own ensemble, The Donvonte McCoy Quintet. His first recording as a leader, "3rd Floor" has been received with many great reviews. The Donvonte McCoy Quintet has been named "Best Small Jazz Ensemble" by Washington D.C. City Paper two years in a row. The Washington D.C. City Paper named him best trumpeter as well!

www.eighteenthstreetlounge.com www.georgevjohnsonjr.com

GEORGE V JOHNSON JR

Cliff Bell's, 2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Get ready for an explosive evening of music, fun and excitement. Washington DC native George Victor Johnson Jr. performs One Night Only Live @ Cliff Bell's Friday, May 12th featuring a few of Detroit's finest Ian Finkelstein - piano, Marion Hayden - bass, Alex White - drums. Johnson was mentored and deemed "Next in Line" by the Grand Master of Vocalese Eddie Jefferson before his untimely death in 1979. He has performed with the likes of John Malachi, James Moody, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimny Heath, Roy Brooks, Marcus Belgrave, Barry Harris, David Fathead Newman, Wallace Roney and more.

George made his recording debut feature vocalist in 1981 with Pharoah Sanders on the LP Rejoice singing original lyrics to John Coltrane's classic "MOMENTS NOTICE". https://youtu.be/RHQEujakWbw

BITCHES BREW LIVE Detroit Jazz Festival 1991 with Roy Brooks & The Artistic Truth https://youtu.be/5xeDYn893cY

Come wittness one of the most exciting entertainers on the scene. Imagine listening to a seasoned jazz musician rip into a bebop solo so sizzling and smooth it makes your senses tingle. Now picture that musician and his beloved instrument: The Voice of George V Johnson Jr! That's the Art of Jazz Vocalese~~Ben Lozovsky (American University) Eagle On-line

Hope to see you there! Don't Sleep on it! Spread the word. www.cliffbells.com www.georgevjohnsonnjr.com

NUTCRAKER Cafe Au Lait

Patriots Theatre - Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, New Jersey

Come out and join us for Watson-Johnson Dance Theatre's modern cultural twist to this wonderful Christmas Classic "TheNutcracker". Choreography by Carolyn Watson-Johnson and performed to the magnificent score of Duke Ellington and Peter Tchaikovsky @ Patriots Theater, Trenton War Memorial. Bring your family & friends to the most exciting show of the holidays. Charter a bus for your church or school group. Please spread the word. Let's make the show a success! RSVP Tickets Today! 609-227-6348. www.nutcrackerwjdt.eventbrite.com

Donvonte McCoy Quintet feat George V Johnson Jr

Eighteenth Street Lounge, 1212 18th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036

Donvonte McCoy is one of today's finest jazz trumpeter's and composers. Donvonte has performed with many artists such as Curtis Fuller, Lionel Hampton, Jason Moran, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, George V Johnson Jr, Steve Williams and Eric Wyatt to name a few. Donvonte leads his own ensemble, The Donvonte McCoy Quintet. His first recording as a leader, "3rd Floor" has been received with many great reviews. The Donvonte McCoy Quintet has been named "Best Small Jazz Ensemble" by Washington D.C. City Paper two years in a row. This year, the Washington D.C. City Paper named him best trumpeter as well!

GEORGE V JOHNSON JR

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Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave, Clinton, MD 20735

Performing lyrics to the music of Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Lou Donaldson, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Jefferson, Herbie Hancock, Larry Willis and more. Experience the musical prowess of Washington DC's finest Donvonte McCoy - Trumpet. Hope to see you there! www.christchurchclinton.org - www.georgevjohnsonjr.com - www.washingtondcjazznetwork.ning.com

GEORGE V JOHNSON JR

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Eighteenth Street Lounge, 1212 18th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036

Donvonte McCoy, an innovative trumpeter and bandleader merging jazz, go-go and funk, who has headlined every weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge since 2006.

Don't miss The Donvonte McCoy Quintet in action with Vocalese Master George V. Johnson! There were over 16,600 people in attendance for George's Jazz in the Garden Concert - DC Jazz Festival this summer! We will have you on your feet and there is a DJ spinning between sets! Three floors and 5 rooms of music. You must be 21 ID required.

GEORGE V JOHNSON JR

Eighteenth Street Lounge, 1212 18th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036

Donvonte McCoy, an innovative trumpeter and bandleader merging jazz, go-go and funk, who has headlined every weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge since 2006.

Don't miss The Donvonte McCoy Quintet in action with Vocalese Master George V. Johnson! There were over 16,000 people in attendance for George's Jazz in the Garden Concert - DC Jazz Festival this summer! We will have you on your feet and there is a DJ spinning between sets! Three floors and 5 rooms of music. You must be 21 ID required.

GEORGE V JOHNSON JR

Eighteenth Street Lounge, 1212 18th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036

Donvonte McCoy, an innovative trumpeter and bandleader merging jazz, go-go and funk, who has headlined every weekend at Eighteenth Street Lounge since 2006.

Don't miss The Donvonte McCoy Quintet in action with Vocalese Master George V. Johnson! There were over 16,000 people in attendance for George's Jazz in the Garden Concert - DC Jazz Festival this summer! We will have you on your feet and there is a DJ spinning between sets! Three floors and 5 rooms of music. You must be 21 ID required.

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