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John Dokes - new album and US tour dates, April - July 2024.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Baritone jazz vocalist John Dokes will release his new album "Our Day" on May 10th 2024. His touring schedule includes three dates in New York City. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

Vocalist John Dokes Performs Two Dates in NYC; April 28 at Swing 46 and May 16 at Mezzrow.


Jazz Vocalist John Dokes Performs Two Dates in NYC Surrounding the Release of His New Album, “Our Day”.


Sunday, April 28 at Swing 46 with George Gee Swing Orchestra




Thursday, May 16 at Mezzrow


John Dokes Brings New Life to the Deep-Souled World of Baritone Jazz Vocals on His Elegant New Album, “Our Day” featuring The George Gee Orchestra and
arrangements by David Gibson


Available May 10 via Swing Theory Entertainment


Arriving just in time for spring, soulful, baritone jazz vocalist John Dokes, will be performing two dates in NYC previewing his upcoming release, Our Day. He will beappearing at Swing 46 with the George Gee Swing Orchestra in NYC on Sunday, April 28, and at Mezzrow, with his trio, comprised of Steve Einerson (piano) Jay Sawyer (drums) and Alex Claffy (bass), on Thursday, May16.


Swing 46 - Sunday, April 28
with George Gee Swing Orchestra
9:00PM - 12:00AM
Tickets available here.


Mezzrow - Thursday, May 16
Sets at 7:30PM and 9:00PM
Tickets available here.


With inspiration from his stylistic ancestors Nat King Cole and Joe Williams, he brings new life to the deep-souled world of baritone jazz vocals on his elegant forthcoming album, Our Day, set for May 10 release on the Swing Theory Entertainment imprint.

In delivering a distinctive post-pandemic outing of classic songs embodied with hopeful passion, Dokes—once a champion Lindy Hop dancer—also promises that his new endeavor is “an album that will make you move.”

Our Day features songs associated with Cole (such as the smooth low-toned “Almost Like Being in Love,” the delightful Rodgers and Hart gem, “This Can’t Be Love,” the Latin-vibed “L.O.V.E.” that elicits dancing), two vocalese numbers (Jon Hendricks’ take on one-time Jazz Messenger composer Bobby Timmons’ “Moanin’,” Mark Murphy’s swinging run through Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay”), the full-energy pop vibe on Billy Ocean’s hit “Suddenly,” and the calming Michel Legrand tune “I Will Wait for You” made famous from the Frank Sinatra songbook.

“Even though I grew up with hip-hop, I made a transition to something that I could do for a longer time in my life,” Dokes says. “I switched to swing. I came to singing later in my life, but I gravitated to the music I was most passionate about—the eras of the ‘40s, ‘50s, early ‘60s. I started picking songs that really moved me. Over the years, I’m still learning how to get the best of my voice so I’m going deeper which shows me more of who I am.”


Our Day will be Available May 10 via Swing Theory Entertainment.




April 28: Swing 46, NYC. Pre-release performance at with George Gee Swing Orchestra.

May 10: Winters Jazz Club, Chicago. Official Chicago release event with Nonet. Including David Gibson, Freddie Hendrix, Malik McLaurine from New York and Chicago jazz all stars - Marquees Carrol, Lenard Simpson, Scott Burns, Ben Paterson, Ted Hogarth, Greg Artry.


May 16: Mezzrow, NYC. With Quartet featuring Steve Einerson on piano, Jay Sawyer on drums, and Alex Claffy on bass.


May 17: Monks Jazz Club, Austin, TX. With Nonet featuring Mike Sailors.


June 13: Keys Jazz Bistro, San Francisco with Quintet featuring Brian Fishler on drums, David Gibson on trombone, Art Khu on piano, and John Wiitala on bass.


July 7: Birdland, NYC. With George Gee Swing Orchestra.