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Tuesday 9/17/2019 Show: Howard Johnson

Photo: Howard Johnson at Winter Jazz Festival 10 @Suga’ Bowl Photography. Used with permission.

Program note: we’re in a new weekly Tuesday night slot from 10-12 midnight!

The next show will air on Tuesday September 17, 2019 from 10:00 PM – 12 Midnight Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This installment of the program will feature tubist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer Howard Johnson.

 

One of the top tuba soloists since the early ’60s, Howard Johnson is a very versatile player who not only plays tuba and baritone but other reeds and trumpet. He moved to New York in 1963, where he worked with Charles Mingus (1964-1966), Hank Crawford, and Archie Shepp. In 1966, he started a 20-year off-and-on association with Gil Evans. Johnson’s four-tuba group Substructure performed with Taj Mahal, and, in the late ’70s, he formed a different tuba band called Gravity that, in 1996, finally had the opportunity to record (plus play at the Monterey Jazz Festival). Howard Johnson’s résumé is extensive and includes recording stints with Crawford (1983-1984), Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Jimmy Heath, John Lennon, Bob Moses, and George Gruntz’s Concert Jazz Band. He performed with The Band during the 1970s, appearing on both “Rock of Ages” and “The Last Waltz,” and his association with Levon Helm extended into the 2000s, during which period he often toured alongside the drummer.

(Bio adapted from Johnson’s website)

This program is hosted, engineered, produced, and edited by Joyce Jones. Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.

Merkin Hall is hosting a tribute to Johnson on September 18 featuring a performance by his band Gravity.

Web Extras:

Watch Johnson and Gravity take on McCoy Tyner’s standard “Fly With the Wind,” recorded live at New York’s Winter Jazz Fest

Hank Williams is assistant producer for Suga’ in My Bowl and produces the weekly “On the Bandstand” segment as well as running the show’s website and blog, where he has reviewed several jazz festivals. His writing has also appeared in Left Turn magazine and American Music Review. He teaches at Lehman College in the City University of New York system.

Sunday 11/30/2014 Show: Joe Daley, Part 2

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Photo: Joe Daley | Giovanni Balossini/Flickr. Creative Commons licensed.

The next show will air on Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast features the second part of an interview with Low Brass Specialist Joesph (Joe) Daley. Best known for playing the tuba, Daley also plays euphonium and valve trombone; but these days his growing reputation as a visionary composer is bringing him worldwide acclaim. You can hear a short preview below.

Born in New York City’s Harlem, Joe Daley began his musical studies in elementary school and received high honors and recognition throughout his school years (including the renowned High School of Music and Art), and was a member of the most prestigious ensembles in the New York City school system.

A scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music resulted in his Bachelor’s degree in Performance and a Master’s degree in Music Education and led to a career as an educator in the New York and New Jersey school systems from 1976 until his retirement in 2005.

Daley contributed heavily to groups led by other major artists including Sam Rivers, Muhal Richard Abrams, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Taj Mahal, Jason Hwang and Dave Douglas, and was an original member of Howard Johnson’s groundbreaking tuba ensemble, Gravity. He has also been a longtime collaborator with the highly respected composer/ethnomusicologist and master of non-Western instruments, Bill Cole, a relationship that is still intact.

Daley is also currently a member of the highly eclectic ensemble Hazmat Modine, under the direction of musician and visual artist Wade Schuman.

After nearly 40 years of recognition as one of the consummate sidemen on the adventurous music scene – with remarkable artists like Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Taj Mahal and so many more – Daley stunned musicians and fans alike with his brilliant CD of compositions, The Seven Deadly Sins, released in 2011.

The Seven Heavenly Virtues (CD Baby, 2013) was Daley’s sophomore release.

Daley’s latest release is Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love (CD Baby, 2014). All Daley’s recordings are available on CD Baby.

This show will go deeper into Daley’s experience teaching and his collaborations with musicians Bill Cole, Charlie Haden, and Sam Rivers. We’ll also discuss his work with the late poet Jayne Cortez (who we profiled in an earlier show) and her backing band The Firespitters and what it was like to work with the play Jelly’s Last Jam. We’ll wrap, appropriately enough, with Daley’s current work with Hazmat Modine.

Show engineered, produced, hosted, and edited by Joyce Jones. Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.

Our first show featuring Joe Daley aired on November 16th.

Web Extras:

Watch the short trailer for Earthtones featuring Daley and music from his The Seven Deadly Sins release.

Sunday 11/16/2014 Show: Joe Daley, Part 1

Joe Daley-crop

Photo: Joe Daley | Giovanni Balossini/Flickr. Creative Commons licensed.

The next show will air on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast features the first of two parts of an interview with Low Brass Specialist Joesph (Joe) Daley. Best known for playing the tuba, Daley also plays euphonium and valve trombone; but these days his growing reputation as a visionary composer is bringing him worldwide acclaim. You can hear a short preview below.

Born in New York City’s Harlem, Joe Daley began his musical studies in elementary school and received high honors and recognition throughout his school years (including the renowned High School of Music and Art), and was a member of the most prestigious ensembles in the New York City school system.

A scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music resulted in his Bachelor’s degree in Performance and a Master’s degree in Music Education and led to a career as an educator in the New York and New Jersey school systems from 1976 until his retirement in 2005.

Daley contributed heavily to groups led by other major artists including Sam Rivers, Muhal Richard Abrams, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Taj Mahal, Jason Hwang and Dave Douglas, and was an original member of Howard Johnson’s groundbreaking tuba ensemble, Gravity. He has also been a longtime collaborator with the highly respected composer/ethnomusicologist and master of non-Western instruments, Bill Cole, a relationship that is still intact.

Daley is also currently a member of the highly eclectic ensemble Hazmat Modine, under the direction of musician and visual artist Wade Schuman.

After nearly 40 years of recognition as one of the consummate sidemen on the adventurous music scene – with remarkable artists like Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Taj Mahal and so many more – Daley stunned musicians and fans alike with his brilliant CD of compositions, The Seven Deadly Sins, released in 2011.

The Seven Heavenly Virtues (CD Baby, 2013) was Daley’s sophomore release.

Daley’s latest release is Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love (CD Baby, 2014). All Daley’s recordings are available on CD Baby.

Show engineered, produced, hosted, and edited by Joyce Jones. Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.

Part 2 of our exploration of Joe Daley’s work will air on the November 30th show.

Web Extras:

Watch the short trailer for Earthtones featuring Daley and music from his The Seven Deadly Sins release.

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