Ellen Johnson


Singer Sessions: Preparing Songs for Performance

Sounds Of Love Concert w/Ellen Johnson & Jason Martineau


Sounds of Love Concert Featuring Vocalist Ellen Johnson and Pianist Jason Martineau at Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts 

The Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts welcomes vocalist Ellen Johnson and pianist Jason Martineau on June 25 at 3:00 pm as they share a musical dance through song, poetry and free improvisation.  From a variety of musical genres this concert is an experience of creative nuance and connection using songs that speak of the many shades of love.  According to Christopher Louden writing in JazzTimes, “When it comes to shaping wordless gems, Johnson packs as imaginative a wallop as the mighty (Bobby) McFerrin.” Martineau has been active in the San Francisco Bay area as an award winning composer, pianist, arranger and instructor. Johnson and Martineau share a love for improvised music and have performed together on numerous occasions most recently doing the music of Charles Mingus.  The concert is $20 general admission with limited seating available at: 



"When it comes to shaping wordless gems, Johnson packs as imaginative a wallop as the mighty McFerrin." - Christopher Louden, JazzTimes

“Many musicians touch the heart or the mind or the soul, some reach out to more than one of these, only a few appeal to all. With her new album, Ellen Johnson is clearly one of these select few.” - Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal International

#1 Female Singer and Best Album for Jazz Station Awards 2015!


Ellen Johnson voted best female singer and best album (Form & Formless) in the  37th Annual Jazz Station Awards / The Best Jazz of 2015 / Os Melhores do Jazz em 2015

Along with: Ahmad Jamal, Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, Airto Moreira, Bob Mintzer, Vic Juris, Tom Harrell, Mark Egan, Otmaro Ruiz, Jean-Luc Ponty, Hubert Laws,  and Boris Savoldelli.

These are the complete results of the 37th Annual Jazz Station Awards conducted by the Los Angeles-based jazz journalist, record producer, jazz historian & jazz educator Arnaldo DeSouteiro. Mr. DeSouteiro is a voting member of NARAS-Grammy, as well as of the Jazz Journalists Association and the Los Angeles Jazz Society. He has produced over 830 sessions, according to the All Music Guide website. 

Read more: http://jazzstation-oblogdearnaldodesouteiros.blogspot.com.br/2015/12/the-best-jazz-of-2015.html

Workshops with Ellen Johnson


"One of the best singers in the contemporary jazz scene, the wondrous Ellen Johnson -- who is currently receiving rave reviews for her new album, "Form & Formless" and recently wrote an acclaimed book about Sheila Jordan titled "Jazz Child" -- will be doing some workshops on "Improvising for Singers" this Summer, with Keith Saunders on piano.

An opportunity to work on improvising skills or be introduced to the "art" of improvising at the California Jazz Conservatory. Register online or by phone. https://cjc.edu/workshops/?eid=9607 

- Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Jazz, Bossa & Beyond

"Fiona Flanagan's Fable" Featured in Jazz Music Video


First Jazz Music Video Using Entire Drone Footage Features Ellen Johnson's Latest Release Form & Formless

BERKELEY, Calif.June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With the commercial drone industry taking off with endless applications Sound Visions Media, located in the San Francisco East Bay, is actively using the technology to create a variety of video productions. Their first music video leads the pack with an entire project consisting completely of aerial drone footage and improvised vocal jazz music. The track "Fiona Flanagan's Fable," is off the new release Form & Formless by west coast vocalist Ellen Johnson featuring guitarist John Stowell. YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/Jum_Thzau9Y


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