Gift of Jazz Centennial Concert: A Tribute to Joe Williams
Robert Johnson – vocals
Backed by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra
“Mr. Williams traded supple syncopations with big bands and small groups and gave ballads a tender authority; his voice could also reach raw blue notes and breaking, ululating inflections that harked back to the music’s African roots. As the singer with the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1950’s, he carried the group to its commercial peak…” NY Times
Denver’s own Robert Johnson accompanied by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the life and music of the legendary Joe Williams on the occasion of the centennial of his birth with two shows at Denver’s premier jazz club, Dazzle at Baur’s on Sunday, September 30th.
Robert Johnson is an entertainer who is equally at home in every arena of performance. Whether it’s singing commercials for McDonalds or performing the National Anthem for the World Series or the NBA All-Star Game. Sharing the stage with Bob Hope or lending his voice to the plant in Little Shop Of Horrors. He’s been named Best Male Vocalist in the Denver Posts Readers Poll, Best Jazz Vocalist by the Colorado Black Artists Association, was honored as Colorado’s Best Male Singer by the News and Radio Media and Best Male Vocalist by the Colorado Songwriters Association.
Currently Robert can be heard on his latest release “All Blue” an homage to the cool classics from the Great American Songbook. For more about Robert please visit Jakarta Records Ltd.
Featuring many of Denver’s finest jazz musicians, the 18 piece Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra (aka MJO) is known as one of the premier jazz orchestras of the Rocky Mountain region. Performing a wide repertoire of big band hits from the 40’s through today’s contemporary arrangements, the MJO has garnered a substantial following, and appeared in Colorado Music Buzz magazine.
The Gift of Jazz is a Colorado 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization formed in 1995 to to enrich the community through the creation, promotion, and preservation of the art of jazz in the Rocky Mountain Region.