Divine Jazz Vocals
Acclaimed vocalist Prudence Johnson returns to the Dakota stage with pianist Dan Chouinard to perform beautifully spare renditions of one of the great American songbooks: the songs of George and Ira Gershwin.
Prudence Johnson’s career has taken her from honky-tonks to Carnegie Hall, from the theater stage to the silver screen, from the Midwest to the Middle East. She is a regular guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the country, and appears as one of the “regulars” in Robert Altman’s 2006 A Prairie Home Companion movie. Her film credits also include Robert Redford’s A River Runs Through It in a role she was born to play-a singer!
Prudence lives in Minneapolis and is working on a play and a few new recording projects, enjoying her work with A Prairie Home Companion, and having a wonderful time bringing the music she loves to new audiences.
Pianist, accordionist and occasional storyteller Dan Chouinard is a Minneapolis native who plays, tours and records regularly with an ever-expanding roster of musicians and writers.
Dan regularly creates special programs which blend storytelling, interview and music, many of these for Minnesota Public Radio. Two recent shows, “Cafe Europa” (2005, 2008) and “Mambo Italiano” (2006) have been aired on Twin Cities public televison and broadcast statewide on MPR, as have his frequent radio collaborations with Ann Reed, Peter Ostroushko and Patricia Hampl. He also works occasionally on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Johnson’s voice, itself a finely tuned instrument… it’s clear, resonant, and expressive” – Bebopified
“These jazz (and) blues-tinged songs sit perfectly on Johnson’s voice of liquid gold….The musical values are first-rate.”
– Star Tribune