Veteran Gail Jhonson is the leader of Jazz In Pink, and she is affectionately dubbed the First Lady Of Smooth Jazz. Being from Philadelphia, Jhonson pulls from that rick TSOP legacy.
“I share the same love of orchestral instruments, horn sections, vocal groups and rhythm sections, that was made famous by TSOP, Bell, Huff, Harris, Creed, Wanzel and The Uptown Theatre Orchestra....oh such a long list of my composition heroes!”
Jhonson has been the Music Director for Grammy winning guitarist Norman Brown for over two decades. “I resonate with Norman’s music and his full expression on stage is stellar…He trusts me with the flow of his show, and knows that the best I have to offer is always there,” shares the now Los Angeles based pianist.
A musician’s musician, whose musical arsenal draws from the worlds of straight-ahead Jazz, R&B, Funk and Gospel, Jhonson has held down the piano chair for a wide cross-section of artists from Bobby Womack, Janet Jackson, Pink and Morris Day to Sheila E., Ray Parker Jr., Peabo Bryson and Patti Austin, among others.
The new album, Joy, will drop October 30th, and she will feature some special guests, including Kim Waters, Marion Meadows & Paul Jackson Jr.
You can get a taste of the album with Keystroke.
We will keep you up to date on the latest happenings with Jazz In Pink.