Thursday, September 30, 2004

Just Missed 1st Annual Trenton Jazz Summit "Remembering Hank Mobley"- look out for 2nd Annual!

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THE 1ST ANNUAL TRENTON JAZZ SUMMIT "Remembering Hank Mobley" September 18, 2004 Two shows 6:00 & 8:00pm @ Amber Cafe, Trenton N.J., will be musically nutritious for everyone who attends. The concert is a tribute to the late “Hank Mobley” who considered by many jazz educators and fans all over the world as one of most soulful, lyrical, melodic and prolific composers in the history of modern jazz. Hank recorded extensively with Blue Note records. Sharing the stage with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Barry Harris, Herbie Hancock, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, John Hicks, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Kelly and the list goes on.

I’ve listen extensively for many, many, many hours and days to Hank’s music and have written lyrics to over 40 of his compositions. The stories talk about our everyday experiences and of course stories that we can all relate to. Hank possessed that gift that could you make you laugh, cry and dance all night long. We will transform that same spirit at the 1st Annual Trenton Jazz Summit. The cast of musicians on the bill will make everyone happy with memories that will last forever. I recommend to everyone to go to your local jazz store and purchase “Soul Station”. I guarantee you will be hooked on MOBLEY.

BOOTSIE BARNES a master saxophonist from Philadelphia and a close friend of the late Hank Mobley was very excited about the idea. He told me he hung with Hank to the end and would love to honor his musical buddy. Most of you probably remember watching the Cosby cartoon series. While growing up in Philadelphia Bootsie was a childhood friend with Bill Cosby since grade school. They're still close today. Cosby featured his childhood buddy as was one of the original characters in the cartoon. Bootsie Barnes.... can also swing and play that horn! He's Philadephia's diamond gem shinning bright as ever!

DON SICKLER a master musician, producer and arranger will be the featured on trumpet. He was also a close friend of Hank Mobley. He's written arrangements for me on over 25 of Hank Mobley’s classic compositions that I’ve had the honor of writing lyrics to. This will be treat for everyone who attends. Over the years Don has been involved with several Grammy award-winning recordings for Verve records. Most recently he received a Grammy Award for his work on the late Joe Henderson last CD "Lush Life" the music of Billy Strayhorn. Don Sicker is also the musical director for the Thelonious Monk competitions, which features some of today’s brightest stars. He works closely with Thelonouis Monk’s son T.S. Monk. Many musicians who have participated in the Monk competitions have gone on to stardom and have had very prosperous careers. You can hear Don’s arrangements on many major artists recordings. He's appeared on over 150 recordings. Don was also the music director for drummer Philly Joe Jones band “DAMERONIA“. Our pianist will be none other than

SID SIMMONS. A Philadelphia native and has played and recorded with many jazz giants including Grover Washington. KING JAMES will play the contra bass. I’ve been playing with him since my early developmental days in Washington DC during the early 70‘s at the Jazz Club called Pig Foot. We both started in the Jazz Workshop conducted by the late pianist John Malachi. Who happened to have played with gave the name to Sarah “Sassy” Sarah Vaughn back during the early 50‘s. James is a great bassist and you’ll love him.

RONNIE BURRAGE will be the drummer for the evening. I first met Ronnie when I was singing with James Moody “Moody’s Moody For Love” during the early 80’s. One particular week we were appearing at the Village Vanguard in NYC and McCoy Tyner’s group was playing at Sweet Basil one block away. Everyone was running back and forth between sets to see this young dynamic drummer that was setting the club on fire. It was Ronnie Burrage. I’ve been writing lyrics to Hank Mobley’s music for the past few years and recorded one of his most notable compositions “This I Dig of You” aka “Jazzinn Around” on my recent CD Live@JazzInn. www.jazzinn.com During the process I found out that Don Sickler publishes Hank’s music and several 100 other artist at Second Floor Music and he has given me permission to help myself with Hank’s compositions. To this day I’ve written lyrics to over 40 of his songs and have also recently finished writing a new JAZZICAL “Down By The River-East of the Village”. It’s an urban story of love, sadness, death, happiness and triumph with a script written around over 20 of Hank Mobley’s compositions. It will go into production after Don finishes producing my newest CD offering at none other than Rudy Van Gelder’s. Stay tune. Please show your support and attend the 1st Annual Trenton Jazz Summit. “Remembering Hank Mobley”. It will be a historic event and a concert you will not want to miss. Remember 2 shows and only 100 seats per show. Everyone is invited.The Hippest New Spot in the City of TrentonA Brand New EstablishmentAMBER CAFE, 905 Brunswick Ave @ Olden Ave, Trenton NJ, ambercafe@hotmail.com or georgevjohnsonjr@hotmail.comCharge tickets by phone 609-695-7333www.jazzinn.com or www.phillyjazz.org

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YMajesty said...

"75TH ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION" TOUR
Coming to a City Near You...

1ST Annual Trenton Jazz Summit
'REMEMBERING HANK MOBLEY'
Produced by George V Johnson Jr
The TRENTONIAN NEWS
www.trentonian.com
Top Stories
PETE DALY, Staff Writer
The Trentonian - News - 09/19/2004 - Unlikely spot for fans of cool...

TRENTON -- Jazz enthusiasts were treated to a swinging good time last night at an unlikely jazz hot spot, the Amber Cafe in the heart of the city’s Polish neighborhood.

The cafe’s dimly lit, elegant decor was perfectly complimented by the soothing jazz tunes of George V. Johnson and a crew of jazz virtuosos at the restaurant’s first Trenton Jazz Summit.

"It’s very calming, and very elegant. The music is a perfect blend (for the restaurant)," said Anna Sypniewski, who owns and operates the year-old Amber Cafe on Brunswick Avenue with her husband, Janusz.

Johnson crooned original lyrics to more than 25 melodious compositions of the late jazz great Hank Mobley in front of a sold-out crowd at 8 p.m. and a large 6 p.m. audience.

Johnson’s velvety voice blanketed the sounds of veteran jazz artists Bootsie Barnes on the tenor sax, Grammy award-winning arranger Don Sickler on trumpet, Sid Simmons on piano, James King on the bass and Ronnie Burrage on drums.

Barnes is a master saxophonist from Philadelphia and a close friend of the late Mobley, widely considered to be one of the greatest American jazz artists.

Sickler, also a friend of Mobley’s, has won several Grammy awards for his arranging, most recently for his work on the last album by the late John Henderson, "Lush Life." Simmons is a Philadelphia native best known for his performances with jazz great Grover Washington. King and Burrage have played with numerous acts since the 1970s.

"I think it’s great," said Louis Sample, 64, a Ewing resident who has been a jazz fan since childhood. "It’s beautiful. Jazz is the one thing we lack here. There are other acts at KatManDu and Perry’s (on North Olden Avenue), but there’s nothing like this. I’m glad I came to check it out."

Johnson said although people might think the newly-opened Amber Cafe is not a typical jazz establishment, he and his band jumped at the idea.

"It’s perfect because we’re taking this national treasure to this atmosphere to be enjoyed by all races," Johnson said. "Jazz is a universal language."

He said he hopes other Trenton establishments catch on to hosting jazz acts.

"People are starving for it," Johnson said. "Jazz is the original art form in America."

©The Trentonian 2005

LYRICS TO HANK MOBLEY COMPOSITIONS:
By: George V Johnson Jr.

The Music of Hank Mobley is monumental project and a very hot commodity. The news is spreading like a wild fire through the jazz community! 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. Imagine swinging lyrics to Hank's classics like.....

Soul Station, Hank's Symphony, 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 No Filter...and more

Arrangements by Don Sickler
Grammy Award Winning Arranger, Producer & Trumpeter
http://www.secondfloormusic.com

In 2003, Washington DC native George V Johnson, Jr. and "Heir Apparent" to the late Eddie Jefferson, Father of Jazz Vocalese was commissioned by 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. Still state of infancy, Johnson is almost single handedly keeping jazz vocalese alive as exemplified from his past live performances presenting the Music of Hank Mobley. A feat unmatched by any of his peers in the music industry including his mentors the late Eddie Jefferson & Jon Hendricks the head masters of vocalese. 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 ....a...la...Langston Hughes.

For the past two years he has been introducing the jazz public to his lyrics with performances during the week-long Hank Mobley Jazz Festival 2003 at Jazz Standard NYC, produced and arranged by Don Sickler. There he was blessed with the presence of Jazz recording legend Rudy Van Gelder who hadn't attended a Jazz club in over 40 years since John Coltrane appeared at the Village Vanguard during the mid 60's. Also, Hartford Ct - Bushnell Park Monday Night 2004 Jazz Series & Live Radio Broadcast, 1st Annual Trenton Jazz Summit 2004 , produced by GVJ and New Years 2005 performance at Twins Jazz Club in Washington DC. A new recording of this project is now in progress.

Hank Mobley recorded many of his classic compositions on the Blue Note label (Van Gelder Studio) featuring some of the greatest names in jazz. Known in jazz circles as the "MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP," Mobley composed over 100 songs which are becoming jazz classics and every musicians dream. Johnson's soulful style and earthy lyrics to this great composers work establishes new dimensions in Jazz Vocalese. The voice accented with this great group of musicians magically connects with the Mobley spirit. Just imagine! Swinging, stories that take you on a musical voyage through the past and present. 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.

From the time he wrote lyrics to and sang Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" for a Pharoah Sanders date "Rejoice", it was clear that George V. Johnson, Jr. was a sure-fire inheritor of the vocalese mantle of Eddie Jefferson. Not from the rapid-fire scat and lyric enunciation school of vocalese whose headmaster is Jon Hendricks, Johnson is instead from a more Jeffersonian place -- that ultimate hipster Eddie Jefferson, that is.... Willard Jenkins

THE MUSIC OF HANK MOBLEY
Known as..."THE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP"
One of the Greatest Composers & Saxophonist in the History of Modern Jazz

Now Booking the..."75TH ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION" TOUR

Contact: georgevjohnsonjr@hotmail.com

www.jazzinn.com

YMajesty said...

1ST Annual Trenton Jazz Summit
'REMEMBERING HANK MOBLEY'
Produced by George V Johnson Jr
The TRENTONIAN NEWS
www.trentonian.com
Top Stories
PETE DALY, Staff Writer
The Trentonian - News - 09/19/2004 - Unlikely spot for fans of cool...

TRENTON -- Jazz enthusiasts were treated to a swinging good time last night at an unlikely jazz hot spot, the Amber Cafe in the heart of the city’s Polish neighborhood.

The cafe’s dimly lit, elegant decor was perfectly complimented by the soothing jazz tunes of George V. Johnson and a crew of jazz virtuosos at the restaurant’s first Trenton Jazz Summit.

"It’s very calming, and very elegant. The music is a perfect blend (for the restaurant)," said Anna Sypniewski, who owns and operates the year-old Amber Cafe on Brunswick Avenue with her husband, Janusz.

Johnson crooned original lyrics to more than 25 melodious compositions of the late jazz great Hank Mobley in front of a sold-out crowd at 8 p.m. and a large 6 p.m. audience.

Johnson’s velvety voice blanketed the sounds of veteran jazz artists Bootsie Barnes on the tenor sax, Grammy award-winning arranger Don Sickler on trumpet, Sid Simmons on piano, James King on the bass and Ronnie Burrage on drums.

Barnes is a master saxophonist from Philadelphia and a close friend of the late Mobley, widely considered to be one of the greatest American jazz artists.

Sickler, also a friend of Mobley’s, has won several Grammy awards for his arranging, most recently for his work on the last album by the late John Henderson, "Lush Life." Simmons is a Philadelphia native best known for his performances with jazz great Grover Washington. King and Burrage have played with numerous acts since the 1970s.

"I think it’s great," said Louis Sample, 64, a Ewing resident who has been a jazz fan since childhood. "It’s beautiful. Jazz is the one thing we lack here. There are other acts at KatManDu and Perry’s (on North Olden Avenue), but there’s nothing like this. I’m glad I came to check it out."

Johnson said although people might think the newly-opened Amber Cafe is not a typical jazz establishment, he and his band jumped at the idea.

"It’s perfect because we’re taking this national treasure to this atmosphere to be enjoyed by all races," Johnson said. "Jazz is a universal language."

He said he hopes other Trenton establishments catch on to hosting jazz acts.

"People are starving for it," Johnson said. "Jazz is the original art form in America."

©The Trentonian 2005

LYRICS TO HANK MOBLEY COMPOSITIONS:
By: George V Johnson Jr.

The Music of Hank Mobley is monumental project and a very hot commodity. The news is spreading like a wild fire through the jazz community! 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. Imagine swinging lyrics to Hank's classics like.....

Soul Station, Hank's Symphony, 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 No Filter...and more

Arrangements by Don Sickler
Grammy Award Winning Arranger, Producer & Trumpeter
http://www.secondfloormusic.com

In 2003, Washington DC native George V Johnson, Jr. and "Heir Apparent" to the late Eddie Jefferson, Father of Jazz Vocalese was commissioned by 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. Still state of infancy, Johnson is almost single handedly keeping jazz vocalese alive as exemplified from his past live performances presenting the Music of Hank Mobley. A feat unmatched by any of his peers in the music industry including his mentors the late Eddie Jefferson & Jon Hendricks the head masters of vocalese. 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 ....a...la...Langston Hughes.

For the past two years he has been introducing the jazz public to his lyrics with performances during the week-long Hank Mobley Jazz Festival 2003 at Jazz Standard NYC, produced and arranged by Don Sickler. There he was blessed with the presence of Jazz recording legend Rudy Van Gelder who hadn't attended a Jazz club in over 40 years since John Coltrane appeared at the Village Vanguard during the mid 60's. Also, Hartford Ct - Bushnell Park Monday Night 2004 Jazz Series & Live Radio Broadcast, 1st Annual Trenton Jazz Summit 2004 , produced by GVJ and New Years 2005 performance at Twins Jazz Club in Washington DC. A new recording of this project is now in progress.

Hank Mobley recorded many of his classic compositions on the Blue Note label (Van Gelder Studio) featuring some of the greatest names in jazz. Known in jazz circles as the "MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP," Mobley composed over 100 songs which are becoming jazz classics and every musicians dream. Johnson's soulful style and earthy lyrics to this great composers work establishes new dimensions in Jazz Vocalese. The voice accented with this great group of musicians magically connects with the Mobley spirit. Just imagine! Swinging, stories that take you on a musical voyage through the past and present. 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.

From the time he wrote lyrics to and sang Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" for a Pharoah Sanders date "Rejoice", it was clear that George V. Johnson, Jr. was a sure-fire inheritor of the vocalese mantle of Eddie Jefferson. Not from the rapid-fire scat and lyric enunciation school of vocalese whose headmaster is Jon Hendricks, Johnson is instead from a more Jeffersonian place -- that ultimate hipster Eddie Jefferson, that is.... Willard Jenkins

THE MUSIC OF HANK MOBLEY
Known as..."THE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP"
One of the Greatest Composers & Saxophonist in the History of Modern Jazz

Now Booking the..."75TH ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION" TOUR

Contact: georgevjohnsonjr@hotmail.com

www.jazzinn.com

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