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Take Five With Aaron J Johnson

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Meet Aaron J Johnson: Born in Washington, D.C. Johnson studied piano and drums before taking up the trombone at age 12. While in high school, Aaron frequently performed with area funk bands. He also conducted and arranged for student ensembles under the direction of noted trumpeter Peter D. Ford. It was Ford who gave the budding young talent his first professional gigs and introduced him to Ellington alumni, bandleader and alto saxophonist Rick Henderson.

Although pursing a degree in electrical engineering, Johnson remained active as a trombonist and bass trombonist throughout his college years. He had the good fortune to ...

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Aaron J. Johnson: Songs of Our Fathers

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Aaron J. Johnson serves as a reminder that the trombone is still a relevant member of the jazz family of instruments. In addition to being well-suited to larger ensembles, it can be a powerful lead instrument as well. A Washington, D.C. native, Johnson studied piano and drums before turning to the trombone. He performed with area funk bands and later became a member of the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble. Since then, he has worked alongside such artists as Jimmy Heath, the Mingus Big Band, the Count Basie Orchestra and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His debut as ...



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