Archive for August 16, 2012

John Stoddart live @ Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012 Piano & Vocals | Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

John grew up in a musical family and was singing and playing the piano in church almost as soon as he could walk. His formal training began at 13, convincing him that he had found his career. In 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano and Voice from Washington Adventist University (formerly Columbia Union College) in Takoma Park, Maryland. He quickly began to accrue credits as a session vocalist, arranger, songwriter and producer with artists such as Boney James, Al Jarreau, Celine Dion, Patti Austin, Darin Atwater and the Soulful Symphony, Will Downing, Take 6 and Bob James.

John has also partnered with saxophonist Kirk Whalum as co-producer, arranger and/or musician on several of Kirk’s Grammy-nominated recordings. John was the associate producer on Whalum’s song “It’s What I Do”, which won a Grammy in 2011. John’s composition “I Still Believe,” featured on “Faith | Hope | Love”, was first featured on guitarist Norman Brown’s album “Just Chillin'”. Blue-eyed soul legend Michael McDonald contributed lead vocals to the song, which won the Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

While John is a sought-after collaborator, he is first and foremost a solo artist who records and tours on his own when he’s not sharing his gift with other artists. Five of his six albums have been released on his own label. His latest release “Faith | Hope | Love” is a soulful collection of inspirational love songs that speak to the challenges and triumphs of marriage.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012 on the lawn – Bessies Smith Heritage Festival presents
Arts on Ninth featuring Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers

2012 Bessie Smith Heritage Festival Line Up

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Rahsaan Patterson
and featuring
The Michael Foster Project
DieDra Ruff & the Ruff Pro Band

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Jeff Lorber
Alex Bugnon
and featuring
Karen Brown

As always on both nights they will feature the Bessie Smith Heritage Festival musical director Joe Johnson with the Joe Johnson Band

Bessie Smith Cultural Ctr, 200 E ML King Blvd, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403