08/17 John Stowell & Ellen Johnson
World class guitarist John Stowell is known internationally as a musician with a unique sound supported by a sophisticated harmonic concept. With over 30+ recordings as a leader or sideman Stowell has also shared the stage with some of the most respected musicians and singers in the world including Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Paul Horn, Art Farmer, Mundell Lowe, and countless more. Herb Ellis, one of the most influential jazz guitarists, was quoted, ?More guitarists would play like John Stowell if they knew how.?
Stowell will be joined by vocalist and educator Ellen Johnson described by Jazz Journal International as ?superior jazz singing by an artist of the highest quality.? Johnson has performed with many fine musicians including Charles McPherson, Louie Bellson, Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, and Don Braden. Jazz Times wrote, ?When it comes to shaping wordless gems, Johnson packs as imaginative a wallop as the mighty Bobby McFerrin.? Stowell and Johnson have been making music together for more than 30 years. Their 2015 recording Form & Formless is remarkable in creating spontaneous improvisations that are derived from the basis of innovation which the two musicians believe is the ability to create something out of nothing transforming the music into their own vision.