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Sat., Mar. 26, 1 p.m.: Bob Stewart Jazz Clinic
Sun., Mar. 27, 6 p.m.: Howard Johnson & Scott Robinson Multi-Instrument Salon
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is delighted to present two free, educational events for students, musicians, families and music lovers. Highly acclaimed tuba player Bob Stewart will present an educational clinic on Saturday. On Sunday, Howard Johnson and Scott Robinson will present a multi-instrument salon featuring rare and unique instruments. Both events present an opportunity to see master musicians at work in an intimate, conversational setting. Open to the public, free admission.
Bob Stewart Clinic
Saturday, Mar. 26, 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public and students, the clinic will focus on Bob Stewart’s educational concepts and those used by famed tuba player, Howard Johnson. Stewart has toured and recorded with such artists as Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Carla Bley, David Murray, Taj Mahal, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Arthur Blythe, Freddie Hubbard, Don Cherry, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Haden and many others both in the United States, Europe and the Far East.
“Bob Stewart brings agility and wit to the art of jazz tuba”
-New York Times
Saturday, March 26, 7:30 and 9 pm: Howard Johnson, “Gravity,” Brooklyn Conservatory Concert Hall
Tickets: $25 / $15 students and seniors
Sun., Mar. 27, 6 p.m., free:
Howard Johnson & Scott Robinson Multi-Instrument Salon
Open to the public, this salon will focus on multi-instrumentalists Howard Johnson and Scott Robinson. Both musicians will explore and explain how they move from one instrument to another seamlessly demonstrating technique while showcasing a wide range of rare and unique instruments. The salon will involve discussion and live performance.
Howard Johnson was born in Montgomery, Alabama on August 7, 1941. He taught himself the baritone sax in 1954 and the tuba a year later. He moved to New York in 1963 at a time when the tuba was not a fashionable jazz instrument (outside of the New Orleans-style bass-line chores, the only visible player was Ray Draper) but Charles Mingus welcomed Howard into his workshop in 1964. In 1965 he toured with soul jazz alto saxophonist Hank Crawford, playing baritone sax, but returned to the Mingus’ workshop for a year beginning in July 1965. In 1966 he played with the Archie Shepp band for some months and appeared with him at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1966 and 1968. Gil Evans used his multi-instrumental capacity at various points between 1966 and 1988.
One of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists, Scott Robinson has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton’s band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton’s quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D’Rivera’s clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz’s greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Scott has been heard numerous times on film, radio and television, and his discography now includes more than 190 recordings.
This project has been made possible be the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.
Brooklyn Conservatory Concert Hall
58 Seventh Avenue, at Lincoln Place, near Grand Army Plaza