Howard Johnson & Friends
Tickets: $15/$10 full-time students with valid id
Tubist/baritone saxophonist Howard Johnson is much more than arguably jazz's best and most comprehensive tuba stylist for the past 45 years, he can throw down with the best on baritone saxophone and many other instruments including cornet, flugelhorn, four different clarinets, bass sax, electric bass and even pennywhistle.
A self-taught musician, Johnson picked up the baritone at age 13 and the tuba a year later. His prodigious advancement on both instruments shocked his fellow school band mates. Johnson arrived in New York City and was quickly snatched up by noted band leaders Charles Mingus and Gil Evans. Although the great majority of his career to date has been served as a sideman, a term Johnson dislikes, preferring the term freelancer, he has recorded 3 albums as a leader and head's a number of groups, most notably GRAVITY, a band that includes 6 tubas.
Over the years, he has proven to be one of the most flexible and talented musicians in the industry, highly sought out by bandleaders such as John Lennon, Taj Mahal, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Buddy Rich, Quincy Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, George Gruntz, Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jimmy Heath, Hank Crawford, Archie Shepp, Oliver Nelson, Charlie Haden, Gato Barbieri, Paul Butterfield, JJ Johnson, Levon Helm and John Scofield, recorded with The Band and led the Saturday Night Live Band for years.