TJ Johnson Band
Friday, December 19, 2008
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TJ Johnson is widely acknowledged as an excellent jazz/blues vocalist, an accomplished pianist and drummer, and a respected bandleader.
He first appeared at CJC in 2006 with his band Bourbon Kick playing a mixture of New Orleans music, both jazz and rhythm and blues. For the near-capacity audience the band warmed up a wintry February evening and received a very enthusiastic response.
The audience for TJ Johnson and his Band at JITC 2007 thoroughly enjoyed him and his fine young musicians, who played the variety of music referred to in TJ’s own MySpace as ‘jazzy, bluesy sort of stuff straying into a country / folk vibe once in a while’. In comparison to Bourbon Kick, the balance of the programme had shifted towards the blues and the festival crowd were very much in favour.
Although the band and TJ’s singing had their own sound and style, TJ’s stated influences – such as Ray Charles, BB King, Dr John, Jimmy Witherspoon, Fats Domino, and Johnny Cash - were also evident. Alongside New Orleans blues classics and some of TJ’s own compositions the band’s repertoire included New Orleans jazz standards - such as St Louis Blues, Beale Street Blues, Darktown Strutters Ball, and Didn’t He Ramble - American songbook standards - such as The Nearness of You and Yesterdays – along with instrumental versions of Duke Ellington’s Drop Me Off In Harlem and Cannonball Adderley’s The Sticks.
During 2008 the band has again been in transition. As TJ himself describes the move: ‘I have recently put the piano to one side to concentrate on being a singer and front man, only playing piano occasionally. I feel I can connect with the audience more’.
This will be the band that TJ will be bringing to CJC, at the end of a busy 2008, especially so for them as the year contained a summer crowded with festival appearances around the UK and Europe. Don’t miss them!
All meetings start at 7.45pm - doors open at 6.30pm