Gail Jhonson has it all: style, smile, musical intelligence and technique...
Gail Jhonson, Yoshi's Aug. 9, 2014 Photo Courtesy of Jazz Up Photography
Online PR News – 12-August-2014 – Oakland, CA – On a Saturday night in August at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, 'The First Lady of Smooth Jazz' had a message: "When you get tired of doing what you been doin', do something else."
The inspirational words from one of the most proven keyboard artists of all-time also happen to be the title of one of her many hit songs.
'Do Something Else' was released in 2010 as part of the sneak preview of 'HerStory', by Gail Jhonson. It was part of an eclectic set performed with the support of one of Jhonson's two bands, "3 Piece Suit". Dale Williams (guitar), Rob McDonald (bass), and Keith Williams (drums) are the members.
Some fans know Gail Jhonson as the almost-always smiling, Grammy-nod leader of the all-lady band, Jazz In Pink. Others may be familiar with her performing with the fellas who make up her with her 'other band', 3 Piece Suit. And many know Gail from her dynamic solo performances.
In every case, the two-time, Black Women In Jazz Award-winner--as you might expect--lights it up with smooth jazz, soul, R&B, and funk when on stage.
Gail Jhonson has it all: style, smile, musical intelligence and technique. Her artistic abilities are quite impressive. You couldn’t see her hands much, but by her music, you knew they were moving ferociously.
Saturday, August 9, 2014 in downtown Oakland was no exception.
Concert goers enjoyed humorous, behind the music narratives, a showcase of the artist’s fierce musical abilities on keyboards, and even a little voice.
The high-energy entertainer was decidedly glamorous in her lively attire. She performed adorned in a comfortable and colorful summer evening gown with pink, brown, aqua-blue, and green pastel accents.
Special guest vocalist, Oakland’s own, Yolandra Rhodes provided vocals to Jhonson's rendition of Marvin Gaye's, 'I Want You' titled, 'Marvin Medley-I Want You, Inner City Blues'. Rhodes also contributed to Pharrell Williams', 'Happy'.
At one point, Jhonson strapped on her Roland keytar and stepped away from her Grand piano-sounding Yamaha Motif, and synth sounds from the Korg Triton keyboards. Then turning 45-degrees to her left, she sat down and made herself comfortable in front of the Hammond B3 organ. The series of actions indicated transition and prompted a middle-aged man from the audience to yell, "Church".
But there was a reason for the artist's choice to transfer to the rich harmonic sounds of the organ. She spoke about how she was influenced by some of the world’s greatest musical artists. She confirmed that even though most have passed on, their talent is undying. Jhonson then dynamically delivered a transcendental rendition of classic and vintage songs including her dedication to Cab Calloway, aptly titled, 'Mr. Calloway'.
Gail Jhonson, and her band, put on a close to 90-minute show that was exhilarating and exciting. Her band opened the set with 'That Girl'. The artist made her entrance joining the trio and performed: 'Just for Kicks' (Keep the Music Playing CD); 'Moments of Love' (Latin jam with solo piano intro, Guitar solo, synth solo) (Pearls CD); 'Pacific Breeze' (produced by Nelson Braxton (Pearls CD); 'More Today than Yesterday' (organ cover of Charles Earland); 'Tonight' (sung by bassist Rob McDonald, John Legend cover) and 'Let's Do This', which she closed with.
To book Gail Jhonson for appearances or performances, please contact: Tour manager, Michael Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 510.593.7090. To reach her booking agent, contact Barbara Collin at 323.467.4702, or email email@example.com. For media inquiries and sponsorship opportunities, contact Ms. Jhonson's publicist, Fran Briggs, at FranBriggs@aol.com, or call 206.279.0818. Ms. Jhonson's Press kit is available at http://myppk.com/PPKs/print.aspx?PPK=2868