Howard Johnson at 75

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem – 2:30 PM
Jan 29, 2017

Seed Artists is proud to partner with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem to celebrate our friend Howard Johnson’s 75th year. Johnson has built a deep (deep) resume as a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger over the last 50-plus years. Beyond revolutionizing the tuba as a solo jazz instrument since the early ’60s, the versatile Johnson plays baritone sax and other reeds, cornet, and pennywhistle. His dizzying credits range from Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Gil Evans, Archie Shepp and Jaco Pastorius to John Lennon and The Band. Johnson’s four-tuba group Substructure performed with Taj Mahal, and in the late ’70s he formed a second tuba ensemble, the famed GRAVITY. This extended celebration of Howard’s 75th birthday features his quartet, Howard Johnson’s Friends and Family.

Howard Johnson – baritone sax, tuba, penny whistle
Yayoi Ikawa – piano
Melissa Slocum – bass
Newman Taylor Baker – drums