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Allan Johnson

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by GuitarT, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. GuitarT


    Nov 22, 2010
    Kitchener, Ontario
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  2. greco

    greco Gold Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Kitchener, Ontario
    My best friend, @Hamstrung, sent me an email this morning about Allan's passing.

    Allan was at the The Jazz Room regularly and had a gig there on January 17th.

    Here is the introduction for his gig...
    Allan Johnson is a jazz guitarist and vocalist who we often see sitting near the stage of the Jazz Room, but it is our good fortune that he will be sitting on the stage this time. His taste and repertoire includes the American songbook, gypsy swing, Latin, French, Spanish ballads, Brazilian, and Portuguese. Jazz Festival experiences include the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, Toronto’s Kensington Market Jazz Festival , Beaches International Jazz Festival and the Guelph International. Allan continues to lead his JAZZCAFÉNOIR Ensemble. He has also made guest appearances at The Rex, Jazz Bistro and the 120 Dinner in Toronto.

    RIP Allan Johnson

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  3. greco

    greco Gold Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Kitchener, Ontario

    On Thursday, join us from 8:00 to 10:00 PM to celebrate the life of Allan Johnson, musician and friend.

    Thursday, FEB 20 2020 8:00 pm in the Jazz Room
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    A Memorial and Concert

    Celebrating the Life of Allan Johnson

    We will celebrate the life of Allan Johnson, who was a fixture in the Jazz Room for many years and a well-known local musician. Johnson died on February 9th at the age of 70. Regular patrons of the Jazz Room will know Allan as a well-dressed jazz lover who usually sat in the front row for jazz concerts. Allan loved the Jazz Room community and was an intimate storyteller and community builder. He played all types of guitar, including Django Reinhardt type music. He sang in four languages and charmed audiences with his Jazz Café Noire shows. Allan and his long-time musical partner Robert Reid have played in numerous venues, including the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival, Café 22, and the Jazz Room. Allan Johnson’s family have held a private funeral. The Grand River Jazz Society is honoured to be hosting this Memorial and Concert.

    All friends of Allan are invited to share a short positive memory (one or two minutes) and/or to play a (one) song in memory of him. Django Reinhardt and vocal latin jazz were some of Allan’s favorite styles of music.

    Terry Pender’s front page article from “The Record” from February 12th

    Donations to support Allan’s family and jazz education will be welcomed.

    The Jazz Room
    is a welcoming music venue dedicated to the best in Jazz music presentation. Home to the Grand River Jazz Society (GRJS), the club has a dual mandate: 1) to support exceptional musicians from our own community; and 2) to invite talent from elsewhere for local audiences to hear. All seats in the Jazz Room have excellent sound. To sit up front, plan to arrive an hour before the concert begins. The Jazz Room is a family friendly venue. It is located on the first floor of the Huether Hotel (59 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario, N2J 2X2, Canada) in Uptown Waterloo.

    The Grand River Jazz Society (GRJS) is an all volunteer, not-for-profit organization. GRJS Board members plan, prepare, promote and host the concerts to help build our local musical culture and concert scene.
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