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Jazz singer Molly Johnson to perform in Halifax Fri 14 Sept

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Toronto born jazz singer Molly Johnson will perform songs in support of her latest release, Messin’ Around during a concert in Halifax at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on Friday, September 14 at 8 p.m.

Messin' Around (Universal/Anthem) was recently nominated for a 2007 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album. This dynamic collection of songs includes new compositions by Johnson, Steve MacKinnon and Lenny Kravitz's guitarist and co-writer Craig Ross. The album also features Johnson’s version of songs by Prince, Bruce Springsteen and George Gershwin.

The Calgary Sun said, “This dozen-track set captures the Billie Holidayish vocalist in a fittingly playful and wonderfully elastic mood, mixing it up with a tight little combo accented with horns.? The Kelowna Daily Courier said, “The playfulness of this CD is what sets it apart from most jazz albums – you can tell that Johnson had a blast recording it.?

A former dancer and musical theatre actress, Johnson has been working as an entertainer since the early sixties. She performed in productions at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and attended the National Ballet School in Toronto. In 1979, she fronted the art rock group Alta Moda which was a mainstay in Toronto’s Queen Street scene. She later went on to perform with the hard rocking Infidels before focusing on her abilities as a jazz singer.

Musicologist Rob Bowman said, “…Johnson’s voice evokes the aura of dark, smoky night clubs of a bygone era. It speaks to an emotional depth that few vocalists in any genre ever reach. Like the woman behind it, it is a voice filled with humour, joy, surprise, sassiness and, of course, love.?

Johnson’s accomplishments are vast and include helping to raise millions of dollars for HIV/AIDs charities through her work with the star-laden Kumbaya benefit concert. She has performed for Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Quincy Jones and fans around the world. She also made history as the first Canadian female vocalist to sell out a show on the main stage during the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival.

Tickets are $25.00 in advance or $30.00 day of show (taxes included) and go on-sale Friday, May 18 at noon at the Dalhousie Arts Centre box office, by calling 494-3820 (toll free 1-800-874-1669) or online at www.sonicconcerts.com. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on Molly Johnson, visit: www.mollyjohnson.ca

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