FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION FOR THE 62nd GRAMMY AWARDS
JOHN MINNOCK - RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
JOHN MINNOCK - RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
Jazz Vocal Album
DAVE LIEBMAN - "NEW YORK, NEW YORK"
Instrumental Jazz Solo
On his sophomore effort, new breed vocalist John Minnock presents jazz, blues and cabaret classics in a way that has never been heard before with the help of special guest, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Dave Liebman on saxophone on his new album Right Around The Corner. John’s experiences as an openly gay man gives way to a unique perspective that is at once eye-opening, touching and down right fun. Supported by a stellar rhythm section including pianist/arranger Enrique Hanenine bassist Carlos Mena and drummer Pablo Eluchans, John's new "gay-ahead jazz album" is a groundbreaker as it explores LGBTQ subject-matter in a jazz setting.
John Minnock’s first album, Every Day Blues, introduced his signature wit and candor as he explored the American songbook from the perspective as a gay man in today’s world. His long-running show of the same name, presented through the years at the Metropolitan Room, the Triad Theater and, most recently, Don't Tell Mama, has been an audience favorite, attracting a diverse cast of attendees from inquisitive cabaret fans to serious jazz listeners. Right Around The Corner features a mix of material frequently performed at his live show (“Skylark”, “Moon River”, “I Love Being Here With You”, “You Don’t Know What Love Is”, “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans”) and impressive original compositions that tell stories of gay life that are seldom heard on the bandstand.
John Minnock is a native New Yorker who has been “telling it like it is” in the cabaret and vocal jazz scene for over a decade. Recipient of the Hot House Jazz Fans Decision Award in 2016, John is a classically trained musician who immediately blossomed when he saw Ruth Brown's live show, which incorporated energy, enthusiasm, and her personal life experiences. While John has performed myriad styles from r&b, funk, soul and classical, jazz and blues have been the genres in which he is most comfortable.
Jazz and blues were, essentially, borne of the life experiences of an oppressed and discriminated against group - African Americans. The sound developed in and around New Orleans. Various cultures (beyond African Americans) have contributed their own experience and styles to the art form - and for John as a gay man, this same thing occurred in an evolutionary manner. "I personally understand oppression and have experienced discrimination. I believe this is an underlying reason I gravitate toward the music."
On Right Around The Corner, John brings a much-needed, fresh perspective to the vocal jazz genre. In John’s own words: “In writing the original songs, it became clear ‘it had to be jazz”. This genre offers the flexibility to fully express yourself (as Madonna might say). At one point in writing, I had a specific question and I asked Enrique “can I do this..?” and he responded “you can do anything, it’s jazz”’.
"At 54 Below, Minnock's outstanding technical ability, paired with evocative lyrics and superb showmanship proved that he is a dynamic musical force to be reckoned with in New York City."
DEE DEE MCNEIL
"On this recording, Minnock shows us he can sing it all. He is clearly an artist who pushes the boundaries of music and art with his vocal instrument."
C. MICHAEL BAILEY
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Right Around the Corner is a welcome addition to male jazz vocals, a subgenre in need of greater membership like this."
"This guy works without a net, but never falls off the trapeze!"
D. OSCAR GROOMES
O'S PLACE JAZZ NEWSLETTER
"Jazz vocalist John Minnock is a true entertainer infusing elements of jazz, blues, funk and R&B into his passionate, baritone repertoire."
"Mixing some of his favorite covers with new original works, John paints a very personal picture in the music, exploring LGBTQ subject matter and telling stories of his life in the city."