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Marcus Johnson's jazz trio instrumental album Quarantine Sessions is available now.
Special thanks to Spotify for including the opening track Road to Los Suenos on the State of Jazz Spotify playlist.
Jazz Trio Album
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Marcus Johnson's Quarantine Sessions is an upbeat, soulful, jazz trio style instrumental album that taps into the electrifying power of music. No matter your walk of life, your journey has purpose. Live your life with a positive bounce and FLO.
From Billboard chart topping jazz pianist, Marcus Johnson, who has worked with jazz legends Paul Jackson Jr. and Greg Adams, among others. This album's trio is rounded out by Antoné "Chooky" Caldwell on bass and Chris "Biscuit" Bynum on drums.
WHO IS MARCUS JOHNSON?
Marcus Johnson is an independent Billboard-ranked musician, NAACP Image Award nominee, owner of FLO Brands and FLO Wine, JD and MBA, philanthropist, father, and friend. MJ's brand FLO (For the Love Of) represents the journey through which we discover those things in life that fulfill us and make each experience a little better. For the love of life, self, happiness, passion, joy, and love itself.
While pursuing his JD and MBA at Georgetown, he independently produced and distributed his first CD (Lessons in Love), which sold more than 40,000 units; a phenomenal success for an unknown independent artist’s debut release. This album helped him launch his career as a renowned jazz keyboardist/pianist, and later, he released his second CD (Inter Alia), with staggering success. This success caught the attention of Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder and businessman Robert L. Johnson, who invested and partnered with Marcus to establish Marimelj Entertainment Group. Under their partnership, MEG’s label Three Keys Music housed Studio 8121, a full-service recording studio, and two music publishing companies: Marimelj Music Publishing and Three Keys Music Publishing.
As head of Three Keys Music, Johnson produced and released on the Three Keys Music label national jazz artists: Michael Lington, Jaared Arosemena, Bobby Lyle, Nick Colionne, R&B singer, Alyson Williams, neo-soul songstress, Zahzarah, and smooth jazz Saxophonists Phillip Martin and Brian Lenair. To date, Marcus has released more than fifteen Billboard charted CDs, and has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Top 20 Contemporary Jazz FLO (For the Love Of) Anthology, which consisted of three distinct CDs -- FLO Chill, FLO Romance and FLO Standards - all chart Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts simultaneously.
The release of Poetically Justified (2009) and This is How I Rock (2011), which were Top 20 Contemporary Jazz CDs, solidified Marcus Johnson as the heir apparent to the funky urban groove music style and sound made famous by legendary jazz greats, George Duke and Herbie Hancock.
In 2022, Marcus Johnson's Quarantine Sessions album garnered much praise, including being featured on the Spotify curated playlists "All New Jazz" and "State of Jazz".
Marcus Johnson has collaborated with Greg Adams, Paul Jackson Jr., Masa Takumi, and Matthew Shell, among others.
Lessons in Love (1997),
Inter Alia (1997; re-released in 2000),
Chocolate City Groovin' (1998),
Urban Groove (2000),
Comin' Back Around (2001),
In Person - Live at Blues Alley (2002),
Just Doing What I Do (2004),
Smooth Jazz Christmas (2005),
In Concert for a Cause (2008),
Flo: Chill (2008),
Flo: Romance (2008),
Flo: Standards (2008),
Poetically Justified (2009),
This Is How I Rock (2010),
Flo Chill, Vol. 2: Juris (2010),
Flo (For the Love Of) Holiday (2011),
This Is How I Rock (2011),
Capital w/Young Pulse (2013),
Live and Direct-DVD (2014),
Live and Direct (2015),
Ballads: In My Voice (2019),
Live In Person (2020), and
Quarantine Sessions (2022).
Online exclusive bonus remixes by Erik Fredriksen, Matthew Shell, and Masa Takumi (among others) have been a factor in this album's rollout and growing success.