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LONDON BLUES FEST: Bruce Mississippi Johnson

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Doors Open: 7:30pm
Show Time: 9pm – 11pm
Room: The Jazz Club
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£18 On the Door
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TYPE OF EVENT : Blues Festival / Contemporary Blues

A soulful night of bluesy and funky groove.

2017 Living Blues Awardee Bruce Mississippi Johnson is bringing his unique brand of contemporary blues soul music to Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club. Accompanied by an A list of some of London’s finest, Johnson whose expressive bass-baritone vocals has captivated audiences the world over will be performing his debut album 'The Deal Baby' plus songs from some of his favourite blues and soul artists.

Born in Mississippi the heart of the musically fertile area that is America’s ‘deep south’, Bruce Johnson is a man who was born to sing. As a child in his grandfather’s church, and later, in the company of his father’s record collection, he got the kind of musical education most folks can only dream about. Listening to soulful voices like Al Green, his cousin Jackie Wilson, Lou Rawls and Gil Scott Heron, Bruce discovered he could sing.

"It’s an Impressive , long brewing introduction to a fine dramatic storyteller in the Bobby Bland soul blues tradition with 70’s Influences"
The Wall Street Journal

”This is 21st century blues incarnate; soulful, funky, erudite and extremely lyrical."
Roy Bainton, Blues Matters

Towards the end of his stint serving his country as a Marine that realisation dawned on Bruce that he had been put here to sing, and he began to perform. Playing in Africa and performing the songs of Gil Scott Heron he began to find his feet as a frontman. Upon leaving the military and finding himself in Paris, he began to perform taking on as many gigs as he could and quickly gaining notice for his one of a kind voice and his one of a kind looks. Nobody failed to see his six-foot four frame as he took the stage, but when it gave fly to the effortlessly soulful bass-baritone voice that is his true blessing, the audiences were truly spellbound.

Having formed a formidable reputation on the Parisian Jazz scene, he began to work with the luminaries of the city, musicians that had played with stars like Stan Getz and Sammy Davis Jr. With his reputation on the rise, he branched out and formed a band of his own making him a leading light in the funk scene. Bruce and his band were asked to perform in a competition judged by the one and only Nina Simone. When they won the competition, it gave him the chance to record his first single and forever cemented his reputation as a star in the city. It wasn’t long before he began to crave an earthier sound, something more akin to the music that came from the delta region that was his home.

The chance came with the offer to join the legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner’s band Blues Caravan as a vocalist. Joe had toured in BB King’s band as well as with Albert King and Little Milton, and showed Bruce the truth in the music and gave him a chance to tour the world. His time in Turner’s band saw him forming a solid bond with the keyboard player, and saw the two begin to write and demo songs that would eventually become Bruce’s solo album, The Deal Baby. With a sound that straddles blues and soul, it’s as original and inventive as the man himself, and has seen him garner attention from radio stations and press from around the world. His fame in France saw him asked to compete on their version of The Voice, where his astonishing performances and astounding voice landed him a gig with French band Forever Gentlemen.

With that band’s album of jazz vocal standards hitting triple platinum status the accolades that his singular voice deserves are starting to roll in. Bruce has a voice of his own, one that straddles soul, blues and jazz, as at home singing the songs of Sinatra, Marvin Gaye or BB King as he is with his own heartfelt compositions. On stages and in studios across Europe, Bruce Johnson is a force to be reckoned with.