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BRUCE LESTER JOHNSON QUINTET

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Time: 9pm
Room: The Jazz Club
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£15 On the Door
Tickets from £9

Only Bar food will be served in the Jazz Club.

To dine from the á la carte menu before the show
Please call 020 7582 6800 or Book Online
Please allow 60-90 minutes for dinner reservations.



TYPE OF EVENT : Jazz and Bluesy standards with a touch of Bossa Novas.

" The finest of jazz standards from Horace Silver to Parker to Monk
by way of Jobim and the blues Johnson sings them all!"


An evening of jazz and jazzy standards delivered by the jazz, soul and blues singer Bruce Lester Johnson. London-based African American jazz, soul and blues singer Bruce Lester Johnson was born in Starkville, Mississippi and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. Heavily influenced by his father's love of classic Soul and R&B, music and singing were always a part of Bruce's life.

Bruce Lester Johnson - Vocals
Leo Richardson - Sax
Mike Gorman - Piano
Neville Malcolm - Bass
Chris Draper - Drums

Bruce began to showcase his talent in various venues around Paris and it wasn't long before this charismatic, six foot four inch, singer with the effortlessly soulful bass baritone voice was being noticed for his unique sound and style, and his popularity soon began to grow. With his reputation on the rise he branched out and formed his own funk band that was to go on and win the Jack Daniel’s music competition in Bordeaux, judged by the late, great Nina Simone.

”His voice puts me in mind of ...great vocalists such as Lou Rawls"
Blues Matters

”... up front, with an intoxicating smile seducing you like the Sirens once did Odysseus, is Johnson… There's something you can't quite place your finger on when it comes to this vocalist. He's like an exotic butterfly you've captured and don't know where it comes from or what it will become tomorrow"
Athens News

This gave him the opportunity to record his first single and went a good way to cementing his reputation in Paris. His next move came when he joined the band of legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner (BB King, Albert King), which gave Bruce a chance to tour the world and at the same time hone his Blues vocal skills. Collaborating with the pianist from that band Bruce produced his first CD "That's The Deal Baby" in 2010 which was a contemporary take on old school blues and soul.

Returning to Paris, Bruce continued to work in prestigious venues with established French musicians, before eventually ending up on the French version of "The Voice". It was this appearance that led to his being asked to join one of France's leading "Rat Pack" ensembles, Forever Gentlemen, with whom he has appeared on two CD's, the first, released in October 2013, going triple platinum and the second CD “Forever Gentlemen 2” being released in October 2014 to considerable acclaim.




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