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Kelley Johnson - Live at Birdland
 
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1. How Long Has This Been Going On?
2. The Nearness of You
3. Turnaround
4. What a Little Moonlight Can Do
5. In My Own Little Corner
6. Tulip or Turnip
7. Footprints
8. Monk's Dream
9. My Favorite Things

with Ingrid Jensen - trumpet
John Hansen -
piano
Ugonna Okegwo -
bass
Jon Wikan
- drums

An improvising singer who values lyrics, Kelley is known for her tasteful, understated phrasing and relentless swing. As an arranger, she reworks standards creating modern jazz out of classics while keeping the stories intact. Johnson has been awarded "Best Northwest Jazz Vocalist" by Earshot Jazz and the Northwest jazz community. She and husband John Hansen, one of the Northwest's finest jazz pianists, own a home together in Seattle where they work as full-time musicians and provide a home for Nana, the cutest kitty on earth.

This June night at Birdland emphasizing the journey is every bit as vital as the destination. It confirms that among the current generation of singers dotting the vocal jazzscape, Kelley Johnson emerges as one of the few who looms over the enclave of the very gifted ones.
Dr. Herb Wong Down Beat and Jazz Education Journal, March 2004

"With a strong, engaging voice that's winsome without being sweet, Johnson is the kind of singer you can lose yourself in for an evening."
Mark Fefer, The Seattle Weekly