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Black History Month Lecture and Jazz Concert

The City of Burlington N.J. Presents
"Remembering Our Roots"
A Moment in History 
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Everyone is Invited 
2:00 - 3:15 pm
South Jersey Women of Color & The U.S. Civil War
with Q & A by James E. Johnson, Phd
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Talkin Jazz! Speakin Jazz! Real Jazz!
Concert $15 Online here or $15 at the door (cash and checks only)
George V Jr Johnson Trio
Bernard Samuel piano, Tyrone Brown bass, Lucky Thompson drums. 

The Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts
432 High Street, Burlington N.J. 08016.


Bernard Samuel is a Philadelphia-based pianist with a "personal touch." He began playing while attending college, and has at it ever since. Drawing from the influences of R&B vocal groups like The Harptones and The Temptations, as well as the lyrical musical styling’s of great Jazz pianists, the likes of Hank Jones, Red Garland, Tommy Flanagan and Kenny Barron. Bernard Samuel mixes all of these influences to forge a style that's all of his own. 

Samuel has performed with such great artists as; Hank Mobley, Little Jimmy Oliver, Philly Joe Jones, Cecil Payne, Carl and Earl Grubbs, Roy Brooks, Jimmy Merritt, Tyrone Brown, Bootsie Barnes, George V. Johnson Jr., and Johnny Lytle. Mr. Samuel currently performs nightly at various hotels, restaurants and Jazz clubs throughout the Mid Atlantic region.


Bassist Tyrone Brown has recorded over 125 CDs to date including six with legendary drummer Max Roach, six with saxophonist Odean Pope, five with Grover Washington, Jr. (two went gold “Live At The Bijou” and “Reed Seed”), four with guitarist Pat Martino, three with Bobby Zankel, and one each with vocalist Rachelle Ferrell and pianist Dave Burrell. An alumnus of the famed Berklee School Of Music, Brown received a fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and won a grant from the Pennsylvania Council On The Arts for Artistic Excellence in Jazz Composition 2001. Tyrone Brown has also garnered the “Best Acoustic Bass” honors in the Jazz Philadelphia Magazine Readers Choice Poll 1993 and 1994. Traveling all over the world, Brown has conducted Master Classes in Barcelona, Spain and Jerusalem, Israel and conducted Improvisation Symposiums at Brigham Young University, Illinois State University, and Temple University. In 1996, his Solo Bass Concert at the 25th Anniversary of the Moers Germany Jazz Festival drew five thousand people. Tyrone Brown has also worked with Lou Rawls, Billy Paul, Trudy Pitts & Mr. C, Freddie Hubbard, Phil Woods, Mulgrew Miller, Clark Terry, Johnny Hartman, Sonny Fortune, Etta Jones, Benny Golson, Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Marcus, Kenny Barron, J.J.Johnson, Dave Burrell, Donald Byrd, Nat Adderly, Cecil Bridgewater, Sam Rivers, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Sir Roland Hanna, and many others. Brown has toured and recorded with The Max Roach Quartet since 1984, and the Odean Pope Trio and Saxophone Choir since 1991. Dizzy Gillespie wrote, “Tyrone Brown's playing reminds me of those colorful bouncing balls you see at a carnival.” Drummer Max Roach said, “Tyrone Brown is one of the most creative musicians I have ever worked with. He is a fine composer and arranger and a virtuoso instrumentalist.” Bob Blumenthal of the Boston Globe notes that “Tyrone plays with the passion and flair of a flamenco guitarist.”

Max Roach 4 in East Berlin 
Good Bait

Max Roach 4 in East Berlin 
Giant Steps

Max Roach 4 East Berlin 


This South Philly percussionist has been playing drums since the age of 8, when he played at churches and special engagements. In the 1970s, Lucky began traveling and making TV appearances with his group, The Current Survivors. Since that time, he has toured in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, as well as collaborated with Patti LaBelle, Billy Paul, Nina Simone, Sonny Stitt, Val Ray and Big Momma Thorton. Since 1997, Lucky has served as the Musical Director of Natalie’s Lounge, at 40th & Market, where the likes of jazz greats Hank Mobley, Mickey Roker, Shirley Scott, Sam Reed, Grover Washington, Jr., Tony Williams, and even a young John Coltrane have performed. Aside from playing in clubs, and performing at festivals and concerts, Lucky is equally comfortable in the classrooms at University of Pennsylvania where he is a visiting resident, teaching jazz, percussions, and improvisations. This dynamic drummer can be heard on CDs with Umar Raheem, the Arpeggio Ensemble, Denise King, Val-Ray, and as bandleader on PTME’s next release, Lucky Thompson’s DNA.

Philadelphia Drummer 
Lucky Thompson Drum Lesson (Funk)

Philadelphia Drummer 
Lucky Thompson Drum Lesson (Shuffles)

GEORGE V JOHNSON JR - Leader & Vocalist 

George V Johnson Jr is a Master of the Art of Jazz Vocalese.  This lyricist, actor, playwright, producer, promoter, composer and contributing editor was born in Washington DC on December 20 1950.  He graduated from Spingarn Hiigh School in 1968, also attended Prince George's Community College and Howard University School of Fine Arts. George is the CEO and Founder of the Washington DC Jazz Network.

Johnson's career began at the jazz club owned by Bill & Fanny Harris called PIGFOOT. At the workshops he was mentored by John Malachi and later Shirley Horn.  His career spas over 45 years. After 3 years of close guidance, mentorship on and off stage in 1977 he was named heir apparent and Next In Line by the Father of Vocalese Eddie Jefferson. He has shared the stage with many jazz griants including James Moody, Lou Donaldson, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Harris, Harold Mabern,  Wallace Roney, Bobby Watson, Benny Golson, Keter Betts, Rodney Whitaker, CD Next In LIne featuring Herman Foster & Arnold Sterling, also Jimmy Heath, Buck Hill, Clifford Jordan, Harold Vick,  Marcus Belgrave, Donvonte McCoy
Cliff Monear and more...

George was privileged to make his recording debut with the legendary Pharoah Sanders on the LP "Rejoice" in 1981 featuring original lyrics to John Coltrane's Classic Moments Notice.  Since retiring from New Jersey Transit Rail as a train conductor several years ago Johnson's career is on the move. Washington City Paper 2016 Best Vocalist of the Year.  His recent tours and performances include 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival "Hank's Symphony", Steinway Jazz Cafe * Chicago Jazz Showcase, Denmark, Israel, Parma Italy, Atlanta, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Jazz Mobile New York, Philadelphia, Montenegro with Madeinnyintl Jazz All-Stars performance for President Filip Vujanovic, Charlie Parker Celebration * Blue Room American Jazz Museum and the DC Jazz Festival at the National Gallery of the Art Sculpture Gardens entertaining more than 16,000 fans. He has produced "MONK" starring 5 time Adelco Award winning Actor Rome Neal @ Blair Mansions, Black Angels Over Tuskegee by Layon Gray @ Navy Memorial Museum, TUNISIA by Smokey Stevens and more..

In 2003, George V Johnson Jr. was commissioned by Don Sickler of Second Floor Music to pen lyrics to the music of jazz legend and saxophonist, Hank Mobley. Since taking on the project Johnson has skillfully, completed over 40 of Mobley’s classic compositions and still counting. Some with complete solo’s. Critics are already saying this is one of the most important and extensive projects to be presented to the public from the jazz vocalese realm in many, many years. With Jazz Vocalese, still in a state of infancy.

GEORGE V JOHNSON JR., whose marvelous lyrics and viocal work are truly auspicous! He sngs with James Moody on ocassion and is happily remindflul of the insistent giftness of the late EDDIE JEFFERSON. Johnson’s three stanzars close with ”Relax dig the sounds of Coltrane’s Music. Coltrane fills your heart with love and harmony. Trane played with magic. Listen to the melodies and you will see momently. When you here the message of his song!”. There’s no doubt in my mind that henceforth George V Johnson should and will be sought for his own gift to the music. He sang the song for Sanders at the Village Vanguard, and Sanders “felt that George ought to be heard”.

Thank you, Pharoah Sanders for your spirit of sharing! Wheeeeee....what a dynamite track this is~~~~HERBIE WONG!

Moments Notice 
Music John Coltrane 
Lyrics by GVJ

NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson on the Artistry of George V Johnson Jr.

East of the Village 
Music Hank Mobley 
Lyrics by George V Johnson Jr 
Live @ DC Jazz Festival

Earlier Event: February 8
RED ~ A Play About Mark Rothko
Later Event: March 15
Olympus On My Mind