Johnny Morris is back playing everyone's favorite standards at Backstreet Bistro on Monday nights from 6:00pm until 9:00pm to the delight of all lovers of the "Great American Songbook". My appreciation for Johnny's playing and singing skills increase every time I go to hear him. Don't make the mistake of thinking that Johnny plays "Elevator Music". Johnny is a superb Jazz pianist who has played with some of the greatest Jazz performers in the country. He toured with The Buddy Rich Band for years including many sessions with him at Birdland in NYC. The great Alto Sax man, Cannonball Adderley, tried repeatedly to get Johnny to tour with him, but Johnny like the venues he was playing in NYC at the time.
Tonight Johnny was in fine form, playing great standards beautifully, singing the lyrics we all love and to top it off, telling wonderful stories about his experiences with many favorite musical giants of the past who performed with him.
You just can't find venues like Backstreet Bistro where you can have an intimate dinner on the outside terrace and listen to some of the best sounds this side of heaven! Please do your self a favor and go hear Johnny's wonderful performance every Monday at Backstreet Bistro in Palm Desert.
Continuing my effort to attach music to my postings, I recorded a video of Johnny playing the great standard "Stella By Starlight" live at Backstreet Bistro in Palm Desert. I apologize for the poor visual in the "YouTube" as I am still in the learning stage of movie making. I thought the sound was ok.