Johnnie Eason

Johnnie Eason

BandJazz

Johnnie Eason & The Friends Of Jazz play to standing room onlyaudiences. They have the sound of large band with a smooth and intimate sound

Biography

Johnnie Eason is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, where she received her primary ans secondary education. She began singing in the church at the age of five with her mother's encouragement. She later became the featured soloist and guest soloist in other churches throughout the Mid West and the East. A student of the Conservatory Of Music, Ms. Eason became an accomplished traditional jazz vocalist. Her voice is that of smoke and satin, in the reminiscence of Sarah Vaughn, the clarity of Carmen McCrea, the innocence of Gloria Lynn, with the earthy sounds od Cissy Houston and the smoothness of Nancy Wilson. The quality and the style of her three-octave range is creative, dynamic and soul stirring. It communicates tasteful sensitivity and grace while demanding an emotional response from her audience. Her performances in the United States and abroad Night Clubs, Supper Clubs, Jazz and Blues Festivals, Colleges, Concert Halls, The Theater and Private and Corperate Functions. It was no wonder that she was selected to perform in The 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta Georgia. She was also selected to perform in the The 19th Annual Southern Arts Exchange, where she introduced her premier jazz album " If This Is Love" . Her CD wa selected by the Southern Arts Federation's Jazz South Radio, airing both nationally and internationally. Ms. Eason has produced her most requested CD " From My Heart To Yours", which is receiving great praise and accolades. "From My Heart To Yours" is expected to surpass her first CD. Her grouth, her soul and her heart have brought great sensitivity and realness to her listeners. It leaves you wishing and longing for more. Ms. Eason, " An Alumni And Winner AT The Famous Apollo Theater", and her band " The Freinds Of Jazz" attract standing room only audiences while being captured by her lyrical expressions. Ms. Eason has shared the stage with Johnny O'Neal, Butch Cornell, Jay McShane, Honey Cole, Phil Morrison, Gary Motley, Ellis Marsalis, Woody Williams, Ben Tucker, Herman Burney, Jimmy jackson, Jerry Byrd, Freddy Cole and VIc Vogel. She has performed before Mayor Bill Campbell, of Atlanta, Georgia, The Family Of Martin Luther King, Jr., Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Charles Dutton and Peobo Bryson. Ms. Eason is equally comfortable in fornt of a large band or a combo. She encompasses a wide range of song styling from ballads to blues, from jazz to scat to pop. While performing at " The Ritz-Carton Hotel" in Shanghai, China, Ms. Eason was honored with the privilege of completing a sound track for the movie " X Roads", that was being filmed in Shanghai. Ms. eason was invited by The United States Embassy In Kingston, Jamaica, to headline their " Afro American History Month. Her performances were held in the lawn of the Famous Devon House. She also was invited to share in the Jamaican Sponsorship Of The Arts along with the Fulbright Foundation. Ms. Eason not performed to a sold out audiences. She also led a well received jazz music workshop, to educate inner city
youth, the begining of jazz and the understanding of American Jazz. She communicates her music through her heart and her soul. It is no wonder that she is known as the Singer's Singer.

Lyrics

Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby

Written By: Billy Austin, Louis Jordan

I've got a guy who is always late, everytime we have a date, but I love him, I really love him. I'm gonna go right up to his gate and see if I can get it straight, cause I love him, I really want him. Is you is or is you aint my baby? Way you're acting lately makes me doubt. Is you is or is you ain't my baby? or has my flame in your heart gone out. Well a man is a creature that's always been strange. Just when you think you're his, you know he's gone and made a change. Is you is or is you ain't my baby. Has my baby found somebody new or is you still my baby true.

Song For My Father

Written By: Horace Silver

I wrote a song for my father and hoped it would give hin a thrill, when he to Brazil. My father,s music came through me to me, but never got to me until, I went Brazill.

In Rio all day long I heard my father's song, that bosa nova beat, so sweat.

No other people you meet play guitar with the beat and the skill, as they do in Brazill.

Lady With A Song

Written By: K. Hirsch, L. S. Bates

I can warm your hearts when the world gets to cold. Keep you feeling warm so you'll never grow cold. I can give you love when you're feeling all alone. Cause I am a lady, lady with a song. I can give you spring on a cold winter's day. Take you through a storm where the fear melts away. Help you light you're when you it's all gone wrong. Cause I am a lady , lady with a song. I've played a thousand lives in words of music and helped a million people do the same. That dream you want live, I can help you do it, just give a few verses and song. I can help you change the pain that we see. Help you be the best of all you can be. And I want this to remember when I'm gone when I'm gone, that I was a lady, I was a lady, I was a lady,. Lady with a song.

Discography

"If This Is Love" Track #1 "The Song Is You" #4 My Funny Valentine" #5 Speak Low

" From My Heart To Yours" # Is You Is Or Is You Ain't" 6# "A Lady With A Song" #9 Song For My Father"

Set List

I do three sets a nightly; 45 min. to 1 hour. I do Covers. Partial Song List: So Nice To Come Home To, Till There Was You, On A Clear Day, A Lot Of Living To Do, Shadow Of Your, Satin doll, I could Write a Book, Am I Blue, A Foggy Day, Skylark, Fly Me To The Moon, A Wonderful World, Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me, Time After Time, All Of You, Take The A Train, Our Day Will Come, What A difference Made, On a Clear Day, Fell Like Making Love, Lets Fall In Love, Georgia, Watch What Happens,Kansas City, Candy, Stormy Monday, Let It Be Me