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Feb 25th Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band with guests Howard Johnson and Charlie Dougherty

Howard JohnsonOn Feb 25th at Trumpets Jazz Club, the CBB welcomes back the amazing tuba and bari sax virtuoso Howard Johnson and welcomes for the first time emerging composer Charlie Dougherty. Howard Johnson is universally known as the finest proponent of the jazz tuba. He has pioneered the jazz vocabulary for the tuba through his work with:Charles Mingus, Gil Evans,Archie Shepp, Buddy Rich, Oliver Nelson, Gerald Wilson, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, Miles Davis, Taj Mahal, John Lennon, Levon Helm and many, many more. He was the conductor for the Saturday Night Live band in the 1970’s and for 4 years he was associated with the NDR Big Band in Hamburg, Germany. Howard’s first appearance with the CBB was August 29th, 2001. Since then, he has been an ardent supporter of the band, coming in as guest soloist for many projects, and as guest composer for the May 2009 benefit concert for Diane Moser, during her recovery from GIST cancer. Check out this interview with Howard and hear about his life story from Liner Note Legends.

Charlie DoughertyOur second guest is Charlie Dougherty, bassist, composer/arranger, scholar, and educator in the New York City area. He is a co-founder and co-leader of Big Beat, a big band that blends jazz with soul and R&B music. Charlie’s performance experience is wide-ranging; he has performed at jazz festivals and with modern dance companies, and he has played everything from gospel music to the contemporary classical music of Louis Andriessen, Kyle Gann, and Judd Greenstein. As a composer/arranger, Charlie has written at the high school level and above for a variety of instrumentations, ranging from solo bass to saxophone ensemble to full big band. His writing experience includes arranging a piece for Joe Lovano and having a composition featured in a performance with the José Limón Dance Company.

Come on out of the cold and listen to an evening of great jazz music!