Greg Johnson Contemporary Big Band feat. Bob Mintzer
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Thursday, June 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$15 - $20
Dr. Greg Johnson is quickly becoming recognized as a luminary figure in the Jazz community. Equally at home in multiple genres, Greg has developed a unique musical style that combines Jazz, Classical, and Popular music. As a saxophonist, he has appeared in concert and on mainstream recordings with Jazz greats like Curtis Fuller, Billy Taylor, Dick Oatts, Alan Pasqua, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, and many more. He’s also appeared on stage with Pop and Rock acts, such as Saint Motel, Robin Thicke, and Barry Manilow at some of the biggest festivals and venues in the world. As a composer, Greg’s music has been heard and performed around the world in both Jazz and Classical contexts in small groups, big bands, and symphonic formats. Currently the Director of Jazz Studies at the Marin School of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay area, Greg Johnson was added to the 2017 GRAMMY ballot in the category for “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” for his work on Aaron Serfaty’s album, In the Game.
As a saxophonist, Greg has appeared in concert and on mainstream recordings with Jazz greats Curtis Fuller, Billy Taylor, Dick Oatts, Alan Pasqua, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer and many moreHe has appeared on stage with with Pop and Rock acts such as Saint Motel, Robin Thicke and Barry Manilow at some of the biggest festivals and venues in the world. Greg’s music has been heard and performed around the country and the world in both Jazz and Classical contexts in small group, big band and symphonic formats. Greg is now the Director of Jazz Studies at the Marin School of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Greg has released three recordings “Invisible” “GJ3” and “City People” under his name and has contributed to dozens more. Recently, Greg was added to the 2017 GRAMMY ballot in the category of “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” for his work on Aarón Serfaty’s “In the Game.”
Saxophonist Bob Mintzer is a twenty six year member of the Grammy award winning Yellowjackets who also leads a Grammy winning Big Band, travels with his own Quartet, and plays with numerous bands globally.Bob recently became the chief conductor of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany. A respected educator, Bob is the recipient of the Buzz McCoy endowed chair of jazz studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Based in Los Angeles, Bob continues to conduct clinics and workshops worldwide. He has also written nearly twenty books which are an important part of the curriculum of Jazz education worldwide.Bob writes for orchestra, concert band and big band, with over three hundred charts to his credit. His big band music is performed by groups all over the planet. Bob honed his big band writing and playing skills in the bands of Tito Puente, Buddy Rich and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis.
He has also written works for the National Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra of the Netherlands. WDR Big band in Cologne, HR Big Band in Frankfurt, and was commissioned to write a piece for concert band and tenor sax (“Go”) by a consortium of 50 universities.As an instrumentalist Bob has worked with Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Sam Jones, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, the Yellowjackets, GRP All Star Big Band, Mike Manieri, and The New York Philharmonic, to name a few. He has done session work for James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Queen, Donald Fagan, Milton Nascimento, and countless others.