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A Lesson for "Mistaknowitall"

(L-R: Sound of Market Records Manager - Daryl King, Jazz Piano Virtuoso Gail Jhonson, Philadelphia Legends Of Jazz Leader - Leon Mitchell)
Click Here to get more info about Gail Jhonson - Imbuded With Memories Sometimes I can fall into the trap of "beliving your own press clippings." That is to say that with everybody and their grandmother calling me an "expert", sometimes i start to think that's what I am. Thankfully sometimes I get brought back down to earth, and I am always glad when that happens.

- About two weeks ago I obtained a copy of Gail Jhonson's new album "Pearls" and gave it a quick listen, since I knew that I would be putting together this email blast. At first blush, I thought that it sounded nice, but I knew that I would have to listen to it more in order to really evaluate it.

- Then about a week ago I got into a telephone conversation with our friend, west coast jazz/funk/soul music promoter Craig Neeley. Craig asked me what I thought of the album. Craig has brought more than one great album to the attention of Soul-Patrol in the past, he said to me, "Bob it almost sounds like you think the album is boring, this girl is badd, you had better give it another listen..."

- A few days later I sent the tracks to our friend Kevin Amos (Tha Funkoverlord) since I knew that he would be assembling the Soul-Patrol.Net internet radio broadcast for the album Pearls. I asked Kevin what he thought. He said that he liked the album, then went to her website, checked out her history and then explained that Gail has worked with some of the top people in jazz over the past 20 years.

- This past friday I got to meet Gail Jhonson in Philadelphia (pictured above) while she was doing an 'in store appearence" at the legendary Sound of Market Records (www.jazsound.com) to promote her new album "Pearls." When I arrived at the store I found local Philadelphia "musical heavyweights" Darryl King and Leon Mitchell (www.phillylegendsofjazz.com) extolling the virtues of Gail Jhonson. I then interviewed Gail Jhonson for about 15 min and found her to be a delight as she gave me her backround, described her commitment to women in jazz on the west coast and more.

- All week long I had been listening to the album in a variety of situations (at home, in the car, etc.) since I knew that I would be writing a review over the weekend. I finally wrote the review this past Saturday and I shared it via email with "several hundred of my closest friends" via email here online. Within about 1/2 hour I got a telephone call from our friend and Classic Soul legend, Mr. John Wilson of Sly, Slick & Wicked, out in California. John was going nuts on the phone to me about Gail Jhonson, telling me that he had worked with her quite a bit over the years and that she was one of the best in the business. Numerous other folks also emailed me as a resulto of the review, all telling me that it was about time that Soul-Patrol did something on Gail Jhonson, because her music/legacy fits so well with the site.

So in a few short weeks I quickly went from not knowing anything about Gail Jhonson to now being a fan of her music and of her as a person. So much for "mistaknowitall"....LOL

Hopefully you will take the time to listen to the music and check out the story of Gail Jhonson and learn about her in this special edition of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter. Go to her website to learn even more (www.gailjhonson.com)

If you do I think that you will be rewarded with the discovery of quite a special artist...

Check all of this out and let us know what cha think...

Thanks in advance...

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net





Listen To a Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Exclusive:
Gail Jhonson - Pearls
Featuring the songs: My Soldier, Sisters, Solah, Silky Slide and Pearls. Hosted by Kevin Amos (Tha FunkOverlord)


Press Release: Pianist Gail Jhonson Releases Pearls with nuGroove
(Jazz)

Click Here to get more info about Press Release: Pianist Gail Jhonson Releases Pearls with nuGroove Diamonds aren't always a girl's best friend...sometimes she'd rather shower herself in a whole sea of rare gems.

It's not easy to pick just one favorite song for a pianist who has traveled the world and played before thousands. A Berklee graduate and astute educator, Jhonson hit the contemporary jazz scene over 17 years ago as the musical director for guitarist Norman Brown. In her sophomore release, Pearls, pianist/vocalist Gail Jhonson treats listeners to luxurious song arrangements with exceptional guest appearances by Norman Brown, Nelson Braxton, Marion Meadows and Paul Brown.

Currently gearing up for Norman Brown's fourth Summer Storm tour (featuring Chante Moore, Paul Taylor and Alex Bugnon), where she'll once again serve as musical director, Jhonson has lived her dreams making music with some of the biggest names in the business.

"My new CD, "PEARLS" it truly is a gem! It is a collection of songs I've written from my heart, with the help of some very respected artists' in the business. With the exposure by recording label, nuGroove Records, it's sure to gain national attention and please jazz listeners in a special way," said Jhonson.

Enthusiastic about jazz education and opportunities for women, Jhonson serves as a positive role model for young fans. "I've been waiting a long time for this opportunity and now that it's finally here I'm just tickled pink; that is... JAZZ IN PINK! I plan to be an inspiration to all those who have dreams & hope that they are fulfilled. I'm a tried & tested example of how perseverance and faith can carry you a long way. I've traveled around the world and I love what I do...playing the piano. So to all the moms out there, please know that the piano lessons will pay off. To all the dads...it's ok to let your daughters play jazz! It hasn't been easy in this male-dominated business, but practice, tenacity and a smile definitely softens the grind. I hope "Pearls" will give listeners a welcome new sound...smooth jazz with a feminine touch," she said.

"Whether writing, producing, arranging or performing, Gail always delivers with style and grace.” - Dick Fairchild, City Sounds Radio

For interviews and reviews, please contact: Cheryl Hughey Promotions at 314-660-1755 or cherylhughey@charter.net


Listen To a Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Exclusive:
Gail Jhonson - Pearls
Featuring the songs: My Soldier, Sisters, Solah, Silky Slide and Pearls. Hosted by Kevin Amos (Tha FunkOverlord)


BIO: Gail Jhonson
(Jazz)

BIO: Gail Jhonson Born and raised in the city of Philadelphia, Gail Denise Johnson began playing piano at the age of 10, had her 1st gig by 14, received a B.A. in composition from the Berklee College of Music, then later moved to Los Angeles to make her dream career come true! She presently splits her time between her staff position at Musician's Institute/Hollywood, CA, and her music director position with Norman Brown/Warner Brothers Records. Gail also has a love for theatre, particularly, Gospel Musicals.

Her first professional experience was offered as a piano substitute for the stage play EUBIE,/Ivar Theatre, Hollywood. She soon began playing for Langston Hughes play, TAMBORINES TO GLORY at The Bradley Theatre Los Angeles. Thereafter, she was scoring and director music for gospels performances: SAVING GRACE and REASON FOR THE SEASON, written by Dennis Rowe. In 2003, Gail produced the SAVING GRACE CD, with performances by a muti-talented cast; including her son Vein/producer, rap artist & daughter Tamina/soprano & budding musician. Later that year, she performed with Rain Pryor’s FRIED CHICKEN & LATKAS at the Cannon Theatre in Beverly Hills.

She has toured, performed and recorded with many artists, namely: Morris Day, Norman Brown, Kevin Toney, Pink, Vanessa Williams, Mindy Abair, Jermaine Jackson, Morris Day, Bobby Womack, Ray Parker jr., Vesta, Howard Hewitt, Bobby Lyle, Brian Culbertson, OC Smith, Paul Jackson jr., Pamela Williams, Phil Perry & yes Milli Vanilli. Her various television performances include: BET on Jazz, MTV, Soul Train, The Tonight Show and various video performances. Presently, Gail finds time to accompany the youth choir/band as well as songwriting, producing, piano instruction and recording many inspired youth. She has written, Funk Keyboards, a contemporary guide to chords, rhythms and licks and & Dictionary of Keyboard Grooves published by Hal Leonard as part of the Musician's Institute Master Class Series. Gail is a member of Musicians Union (local 47), BMI and has a Certificate of Service, Music Education-Post-secondary/State of California

http://www.gailjhonson.com



Listen To a Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Exclusive:
Gail Jhonson - Pearls
Featuring the songs: My Soldier, Sisters, Solah, Silky Slide and Pearls. Hosted by Kevin Amos (Tha FunkOverlord)


Album Review: Gail Jhonson - Pearls
(Jazz)

Click Here to get more info about Gail Jhonson - Pearls I am the type of person who uses music for many different purposes. Sometimes it involves heavy duty and intense listening, however most times it doesn't. I am a person with a relatively busy and normal life between work, family and home. I have very little time in my life to actually listen to music intently as a primary activity. For me the vast majority of my music listening occurs as a secondary activity that happens while I am doing other things. It doesn't matter if it's Miles Davis, Buddy Miles or Miles Jaye. For the most part I look for music that I can listen to while I am doing other things. I suppose that you could say that I am looking for music that I am willing to welcome into the "soundtrack of my life" and if I hear music that I can't find a place for in my life, it's very likely to find it's way into the pile over in the corner of this room that is destined for the used CD store.

The new release by Gail Jhonson called "Pearls" is an album that has all of the elements of an album that can find its way into my own personal soundtrack. For example it is currently springtime in the northeastern part of the United States and like any other self respecting "buppie" at this time of the year one of my primary pursuits is working in the yard, trying to get it together for the inevitable BBQ's to come in the next few months. So that means there is a whole lot of "farming type activities" (weeding, seeding, planting, mowing, bagging, etc) going on in the Davis household right at this moment. This is a good album to have playing inside of your headphones as you perform those activities. It is a soothing and relaxing album that serves as a powerful antidote for the sometimes back breaking that is associated with the activity. The album "Pearls" would work just as well in the very same back yard a few weeks from now, when it will be crowded with folks from all over, eating burned meat that I have personally cooked myself on my well used outdoor grille. Pearls also works for me as what we used to call "cruzin music" back in the day. Although I certainly will be curtailing the amount of driving that I will do this summer due to the rising prices at the pump. I know that I'll still be doing a fair amount of driving this summer (possibly to other folks backyard BBQ's) and that this album will be loaded in the car waiting for the inevitable, frustrating traffic jam or idiot driver, waiting to be used as a preemptive strike in an effort to prevent "road rage" from totally consuming my being.

Those are just a few examples. I could easily name a dozen more, but I will stop here. Gail Jhonson's "Pearls" fits into my life right now and I would imagine that it still will 5 or 10 years from today. It's an album that you can listen to over and over that will stand the test of time. It's slightly "urban", it's slightly "suburban" and it's all the way jazz (which isn't a bad description of my current and probably future lifestyle.....lol.) For me that is the most important criteria for evaluating any album is just how it fits in with the primary activities that I am likely to be engaged in while the music is playing. If you are the type of person that I am, and then purchasing this album will represent an investment you can enjoy today, that will pay dividends years down the road. To sum it up I'll just quote Barry White and say that Gail Jhonson's "Pearls" has "staying power"...

http://www.gailjhonson.com
--Bob Davis

Look for these songs playing as as "buzz cuts" on Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com



Listen To a Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Exclusive:
Gail Jhonson - Pearls
Featuring the songs: My Soldier, Sisters, Solah, Silky Slide and Pearls. Hosted by Kevin Amos (Tha FunkOverlord)



Gail Jhonson - "Pearls" (Featuring: Norman Brown, Nelson Braxton, Marion Meadows and Paul Brown)


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