The set list for this year’s JazzFest has been made!
Headliner this year will be the International Jazz Keyboardist/Pianist Marcus Johnson!
This free event features a full day of quality live jazz, family activities, and artist demonstrations all surrounded by a strong bond of community and inclusiveness.
As an independent Billboard-ranked musician, producer, owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and NAACP Image Aware nominee, International Jazz Keyboardist/Pianist Marcus Johnson has emerged as one of the young lions of the music world. Johnson’s unique self-taught style of piano play has earned him distinction among his peers, praise within the media and accolades across the music industry.
Johnson’s testament to his perseverance began in 1995 when he was pursuing both his MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees at Georgetown University, and decided to independently produce and distribute his first jazz album, Lessons In Love, which sold more than 40,000 units; a phenomenal success for an unknown independent artist’s debut release. Since that time, Marcus has released more than fifteen (15) Billboard charted CDs, and has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Top 20 Contemporary Jazz FLO (For the Love Of) CDs which consisted of three distinct albums – FLO Chill, FLO Romance and FLO Standards, all which simultaneously charted on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Top Ten.
It should also be mentioned that Johnson’s next Top 20 Contemporary jazz releases, the unique and multi-faceted Poetically Justified (2009) and This is How I Rock (2011) solidified Marcus Johnson as heir apparent to the George Duke and Herbie Hancock style of funky urban groove music. Creatively, Johnson continues to evolve as an artist. With the recent release of his FLO Holiday CD and the ongoing collaboration with famed Parisian Producer DJ Pulse – as the musical duo “Juris” – he has managed to maintain his traditional jazz roots, while also remaining on the forefront of the expanding “Euro Jazz” movement. His music continues to enforce and define his musical legacy as a “jazz movement for all people”.
Saturday, September 14, 2013 – 11:00 am
Selby Avenue JazzFest, Selby Ave & Milton St N, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104