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Johnny Sansone
Johnny Sansone
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Background information
John Sansone
Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
Born (1957-09-27) September 27, 1957 (age 60)
West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Genres Electric blues[1]
Singer, songwriter, harmonicist, accordionist
Instruments Harmonica, accordion, guitar, piano, vocals
1980s-present
Labels Various
Website Official website

John "Johnny" Sansone (born September 27, 1957),[2][3][4] also known as Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, is an American electric blues singer, songwriter, harmonicist, accordionist, guitarist and piano player. He was nominated for seven music awards in 2012, including a Blues Music Award which he won.[5] To date, he has been involved in the release of eleven original albums.

Sansone's major influence was his fellow blues musician and songwriter, Jimmy Reed.[6]

Life and career

Sansone was raised in West Orange, New Jersey, United States.[6][7] His father had played the saxophone in Dave Brubeck's band during World War II, and by the time he was age 12, his son had learned to play the saxophone, guitar and harmonica and seen Howlin' Wolf in concert.[8] He later studied blues harmonica playing by studying both Junior Wells and James Cotton. Sansone attended West Orange High School.[9] He left New Jersey in 1975 on a swimming scholarship at a college in Colorado.[1] Sansone toured in the 1980s supporting Robert Lockwood, Jr., David "Honeyboy" Edwards and Jimmy Rogers.[8]

Sansone moved between Colorado, Austin, Texas, Florida, Chicago, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, before settling in 1990 in New Orleans, which has been his home base ever since. His original touring band, known as Jumpin' Johnny & the Blues Party, recorded their debut album, Where Y'at in 1987, which was released by the independent record label, Kingsnake Records, based in Sanford, Florida.[1]Mr. Good Thing (1991) followed, before Sansone got inspired to try his hand at playing the accordion after attending the funeral of Clifton Chenier.[8]

By the second half of the 1990s, Sansone had embraced Cajun, Southern soul, Chicago and Delta blues into his style and songwriting.[10] The resultant recording, Crescent City Moon (1997), was mainly his own work; although it included a cover version of Ted Hawkins' "Sweet Baby", which featured Sonny Landreth playing slide guitar. The collection included liner notes from Greg "Fingers" Taylor.[10][11] It received widepread critical approval and several awards,[1] including scooping several Offbeat magazine's 'Best of the Beat' accolades.[8]Rounder Records subsidiary label, Bullseye Blues, issued Waternelon Patch (1999), which saw guest appearances by Jon Cleary (piano) and Joe Krown (organ).[12]

Sansone lost momentum in the early 2000s, although he continued to perform in various musical ensembles, as well as working during the week in construction.[1] He started to play in a trio with Joe Krown and John Fohl. They played traditional blues with Krown on piano, and Fohl and Sansone sharing the vocal duties. This trio Sansone, Krown & Fohl released a self-titled album from Sansone's label ShortStack Records in 2004.[13][14]

In 2005, Sansone joined the Voice of the Wetlands Allstars (which variously incorporated Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Vidacovich, Anders Osborne, George Porter, Jr., Waylon Thibodeaux, and Tab Benoit),[15] who were interested in promoting local environmental issues. The band became a regular feature at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.[16] Having to vacate his home in the legacy of Hurricane Katrina, Sansone continued to tour and perform with the Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, wherein he befriended Anders Osborne.[8]Poor Man's Paradise (2007) was Sansone's first solo album for eight years and was produced by Osborne who also played clavinet and slide guitar on two of the tracks. Joe Krown also contributed on the electric organ.[17] In 2009, Sansone played the accordion on Mike Zito's album, Pearl River.[18][19]

By then playing in another acoustic trio setting, this time with Osborne and Fohl, Sansone was inspired to write the track, "The Lord Is Waiting and The Devil Is Too". It turned in to the title track of his 2011 album, and won the 'Song of the Year' title at the 2012 Blues Music Awards.[8][20] It provided a release from the stresses of a marital break-up, and the record's producer Osborn pushed Sansone's music towards a more commercial, rock influenced, direction.[21] In October 2012, Sansone performed at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, and in December that year, Sansone appeared at the inaugural Bradenton Blues Festival.[22]

After a couple of live album releases, Sansone's next studio based creation was Once It Gets Started (2013).[8] Sansone then gave "one of the best individual performances of the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival," according to Offbeat magazine.[5]

His latest issue, Lady on the Levee (2015), was another Osborne production and included a guest appearance from Monk Boudreaux.[8][23]

Discography

Albums

Year Title Record label Credited to
1987 Where Y'at Kingsnake Records Jumpin' Johnny & the Blues Party
1991 Mr. Good Thing Kingsnake Records Jumpin' Johnny & the Blues Party
1997 Crescent City Moon Rounder Records Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
1999 Watermelon Patch Rounder Records Johnny Sansone
2004 Sansone, Krown & Fohl ShortStack Records Sansone, Krown & Fohl
2007 Poor Man's Paradise CD Baby Johnny Sansone
2011 The Lord Is Waiting and The Devil Is Too ShortStack Records Johnny Sansone
2011 Live at Jazz Fest 2011 Homegrown Distribution Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
2012 Live at JazzFest 2012 MunckMix Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
2013 Once It Gets Started ShortStack Records Johnny Sansone
2015 Lady on the Levee ShortStack Records Johnny Sansone

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See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Richard Skelly. "Jumpin' Johnny Sansone | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Johnny Sansone, September 27, 2013 | WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM". Wwoz.org. 2013-09-27. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "New Orleans music 'Hot Picks' for Friday, Sept. 27, 2013: Funky Meters, Ana Popovic". Nola.com. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Jumpin' Johnny Sansone all the albums and all the songs". Metunes.ru. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ a b "Johnny Sansone Homepage". Johnnysansone.com. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ a b "Crescent City Moon : Jumpin' Johnny Sansone". Rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ Skelly, Richard. "Jumpin' Johnny Sansone bringing the blues to Red Bank", Asbury Park Press, June 30, 2017. Accessed November 21, 2017. "Harmonica player-vocalist-accordionist "Jumpin' " Johnny Sansone, a West Orange native, will be accompanied by guitarist John Fohl, who rose to prominence as an excellent ensemble lead guitarist with Dr. John's Lower 911 small group."
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Johnny Sansone Bio". Johnnysansone.com. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "West Orange High School class lists - contact old friends". Old-friends.co. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ a b Cub Koda. "Crescent City Moon - Jumpin' Johnny Sansone | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Crescent City Moon - Jumpin' Johnny Sansone | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Ann Wickstrom (1999-10-26). "Watermelon Patch - Jumpin' Johnny Sansone | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Chris Ryan. "Bio". Joekrown.com. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ a b "Sansone, Krown and Fohl - John Fohl | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "Details". Baevents.com. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Voice of the Wetlands Allstars perform and persuade at New Orleans Jazz Fest". Nola.com. 2011-05-07. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ Hal Horowitz (2007-03-19). "Poor Man's Paradise - Jumpin' Johnny Sansone | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "Review: Mike Zito - Pearl River". Bluesinthenorthwest.com. 2009-11-11. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ "Pearl River - Mike Zito | Credits". AllMusic. 2009-09-22. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "2012 Blues Music Award winners". Communityvoices.post-gazette.com. 2012-05-12. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "Johnny Sansone digs deep on his excellent new CD of harmonica blues". Nola.com. 2011-05-12. Retrieved . 
  22. ^ "Bradenton Blues Festival musicians elate capacity crowd | Bradenton Herald". Bradenton.com. 2012-12-02. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ Swenson, John (2015-04-20). "Johnny Sansone, Lady On the Levee (Album Review)". Offbeat.com. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "Jumpin' Johnny Sansone | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ "Where Y'at : Jumpin' Johnny Sansone". Rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "Discography: SHORTSTACK Records". Monola.net. Retrieved . 

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