George V. Johnson, Jr. is "Next In Line" to the superior vocalese of Eddie Jefferson. Born in Washington DC, George V Johnson Jr. was mentored for 15 yrs under John Malachi - pianist for Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstine, Al Hibler, Carmen McRae, Billy Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Etta Jones, etc. Background includes 8-year stint with James Moody 1980-88.
Considered by many as Heir Apparent to Eddie Jefferson, Innovator and Creator of Jazz Vocalese. Also performed with Lou Donaldson, Harold Mabern, John Hicks, Kirt Lightsey, Larry Ridley and the Jazz Legacy Ensemble and many more. First recording with PHAROAH SANDERS on the 1980 release "REJOICE", was featured vocalist on John Coltrane's classic "Moments Notice" original lyrics. Reissued on CD Evidence Music. The CD includes an all-star cast of musicians including, John Hicks, Dr. Art Davis, Billy Higgins, Bobby Hutcherson, Elvin Jones, etc. Listen to Sound BITES below. Websites: George V. Johnson, Jr. and MySpace
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