Noted saxophonist Lou Donaldson called Johnny, “the king of the piano”.
Celebrate International Jazz Day with the Johnny O'Neal Trio
Central PA Friends of Jazz Spring Concert Series - Sunday, April 30th, 2017 - 3pm
Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, Capiral Room, 1110 N 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
Price: $20 Adults $10 students
Johnny O'Neal, born October 10, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, is an American neo-bop jazz pianist and vocalist. His playing ranges from the technically virtuosic to the tenderest of ballad interpretations. Though unique in style, he is influenced by many jazz elders, including Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum. In his career, Johnny has played and reecorded with Russell Malone, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Nancy Wilson, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. He was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers for two years from 1982-1983 and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985. On the recommendation of Oscar Peterson, O'Neal portrayed Art Tatum in the 2004 movie Ray, convincingly recreating Tatum's sound on the song "Yesterdays". In an interview, pianist Mulgrew Miller said, "In my generation of musicians there are two artists who are probably the most naturally talented. They both happen to be from Detroit. One is Kenny Garrett, the saxophonist. The other is pianist Johnny O’Neal. There are so many outstanding things about Johnny’s playing. Number one, the touch. Johnny has a million dollar touch. Very few people touch the piano like that to get that kind of sound and feeling. The other thing is his feeling of swing, which is so natural. Then there’s Johnny’s personality, so engaging. And Johnny can play a ballad like few people, if any. I’ve always held his talent in the highest regard, and I think he’s a very special artist." Pianist and jazz luminary Barry Harris stated, “ Johnny is a very special cat - if ever somebody sounded like Art Tatum, it’s him - he’s got it all.” Noted saxophonist Lou Donaldson called Johnny, “the king of the piano”.
We hope you will come out and hear this wonderful artist in the unique Capitol Room at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center - food and drink will be available in the concert’s cabaret setting..All tickets are General Admission. FREE VALET PARKING.