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Darren Johnston

Canada-born trumpeter/composer/educator Darren Johnston’s interests rotate primarily between performing all styles of jazz, purely improvised music, new music, and various other traditional musics, especially that of the Balkans, Greece, and Macedonia. He is especially drawn to music that tends to defy categorization, and is also generally open to further suggestions. After twenty one years in the Bay Area, Johnston recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY in 2019. In the time since moving there, he has played and/or recorded withChes Smith, Dayna Stephens, Carmen Staaf, Michael Formanek, Tony Malaby, Michael Attias, Slavic Soul Party!, Raya Brass Band, The Peter Hess Quartet, Michael Vatcher, and many more. As a composer he has written for ensembles ranging from small jazz groups, to big-bands, brass bands, string quartets, choirs, rock bands, and countless combinations thereof


Life in Time

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Asherah; Little Gold Fish; Intention and Commitment; Life in Time; Lost and Found; Shade; Guimaraes; Locomotive Sunflower; The Color of the Wall of the Room That Reminded Me; Song for Kamala.


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All About Jazz Top 10 Songs: March 2022

All About Jazz Top 10 Songs: March 2022

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the tracks featured in March, these ten represent our reader's favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here. Enjoy! Top Tracks Rio Crystal Paul Colombo From: ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Darren Johnston, Jazzanova, Ezra Collective, Minino Garay & More New Releases

Read "Darren Johnston, Jazzanova, Ezra Collective, Minino Garay & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

May the fun be with you, and the Funk of the Ezra Collective too, as well the speaking Tango of Minino Garay, the Strata records vault-digging of Jazzanova and much more!Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Ezra Collective “May the Funk Be with You" ...


Article: Album Review

Darren Johnston: Life in Time

Read "Life in Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Brooklyn-based trumpeter Darren Johnston traveled to Chicago in May 2021 to record Life in Time with three of his favorite musicians: saxophonist Geof Bradfield, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Dana Hall who form their own working trio in the Windy City. The generally charming studio date encompasses ten original compositions, six by Johnston, four by Bradfield. ...


Song of the Day

Little Gold Fish

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 05:14


Songs From The Urban Forest

Label: Gold Lion Arts
Released: 2021
Track listing: Joe Hill's Last And Final Will; Cries From The Central Valley; Light And Sound On The River; The Aural Dialogues; The King Of Boulevard Park; Valley Clouds In Winter.


Article: Album Review

The Flatland Quartet: Songs From The Urban Forest

Read "Songs From The Urban Forest" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The members of The Flatland Quartet are not only accomplished improvisers, they are socially aware artists. Their activism permeates Songs From The Urban Forest. This is not only because the proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Sacramento Food Bank. All six interrelated pieces are simultaneously abstract and earthy, marked by a sublime balance ...

Article: Album Review

Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Ryan Packard: The Early Bird Gets

Read "The Early Bird Gets" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Musicista molto attivo sulla scena fremente di Chicago, Dave Rempis si mise in luce poco più che ventenne accanto a Ken Vandermark, nel 1997, abbinando i propri sassofoni alle ance del leader nella formazione The Vandermark 5, attiva fino al 2010 con sedici lavori pubblicati soprattutto dall'etichetta Atavistic. Nel contempo, alimentò formazioni proprie o a nome ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Rempis/ Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs: Empty Castles

Read "Empty Castles" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The trio Spectral might best be examined in the aviary of your local zoo. Trumpeter Darren Johnstonand saxophonists Dave Rempis and Larry Ochs are like three different bird species, but share the same genus. Their “song" is built from the unique coop in which they find themselves. The music on “Empty Castles," their third ...


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