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Aaron J Johnson

Aaron J. Johnson (Composer, Arranger, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, and Tuba) is a native of Washington, DC, but currently works in the New York City area and lives in Irvington, New Jersey. A familiar sight in the large ensembles of Jimmy Heath, Charles Tolliver, Charlie Persip, Frank Foster, Muhal Richard Abrams, Eddie Allen, Chico O'Farrill, as well as the Mingus Big Band, he also performs frequently with the Charles Tolliver Big band, Steve Turre and Sanctified Shells, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Ebony Brass Quintet, Frank Lacy's Vibe Tribe, The LaBamba Big Band, the Reggie Nicholson Brass Concept, Paradigm Shift, and Reggie Workman's Legacy Ensemble

This Bitter Earth

Label: Mack Avenue Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: This Bitter Earth; How Lovely to Be a Woman; You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught; Getting to Know You; The Man I Love; You’re the Dangerous Type; Trust in Me; He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss); As Long as He Needs Me; Everybody Has the Right to Be Wrong; Prisoner of Love; The Sports Page; Sing.

Songs of Our Fathers

Label: Bubble-Sun Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: A Fuller Life; The Message; Cannonball; So Long / I Can Wait; Folk Forms; Reconstruction (Minus 1); Yes, You May (Ded. to U.K.); Big Fun Blues; Shamba; Our Thing.

Take Five With Aaron J Johnson

Read "Take Five With Aaron J Johnson" reviewed by AAJ Staff

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 ...

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Aaron J. Johnson: Songs of Our Fathers

Read "Songs of Our Fathers" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

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 ...


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