Ellen Johnson


12th International Jazz Research Conference



I'm very honored to announce that I will be presenting at the:


12th International Jazz Research Conference Graz

Jazz Voices

17–20 May 2018


Institute for Jazz Research, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria)

International Society for Jazz Research

Although singing has been integral to jazz from its beginnings, comparatively little research has been conducted on vocal jazz and the sounds and expressions of jazz voices. The 12th International Jazz Research Conference, entitled Jazz Voices, will focus on exactly this theme. The conference will take place from 17–20 May 2018 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and will be hosted by the University’s Institute for Jazz Research, in cooperation with the International Society for Jazz Research.

International researchers from different disciplines, including musicology, jazz & popular music studies, media and cultural studies, sociology, history, and American studies, are invited to submit papers addressing the conference theme from diverse perspectives and approaches.

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

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