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How a Columbia Musician’s Dedication Inspired the Tina Turner Tribute Show

Tina Turner performs during the 50th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, 2008.

Some artists appear as tall as trees, stretching out and refreshing the landscape.

Others live as perpetual seeds, opening, creating new growth.

For Phylshawn Johnson, Tina Turner remains both a tree and a seed. The late rock’n’roll icon charted her path to becoming a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, independent record label founder and music educator. And Turner’s vast discography fuels Johnson’s sense of discovery even today, decades after he fell in love with the music.

This outsized influence and intimate connection inspired Johnson to pay tribute to Turner, assembling a who’s who of Columbia musicians for a months-long investment of time, talent and soul. Their work will pay off at the Blue Note later this month, culminating with a tribute show to Turner on the first anniversary of his death.