Music & Events
BRUCE JOHNSTONE WITH STRINGS
Sunday, April 17 at Blasco Library
SUNDAY, APRIL 17 A Concert featuring Bruce Johnstone with Strings,
Blasco Library, 160 East Front St., Erie Concert at 2:00 p.m.
Suggested Donation: JazzErie Members $10, Adult non-members, $15, Students $5.
Bruce will bring a small string orchestra for the occasion: an eight person string section, plus piano, bass & drums. They will be playing a range of jazz standards, noted Brazilian compositions and some original material. In addition to Bruce, members of the group will also solo.
The program is sponsored by JazzErie, the Erie County Public Library, Erie Arts * Culture and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
There will be a free workshop at 1:00 p.m. at the library prior to the concert.
New Zealand-born Johnstone earned a continent-wide reputation in Australia before emigrating to Europe as a young adult. He played with Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon in Copenhagen, Denmark, and worked in London as a studio musician and playhed with Stan Kenton before coming to the U.S.
From 1972 until 1976 Johnstone was a featured soloist with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra. During this time he became familiar to American jazz fans, and placed #3 among Baritone saxophonists in Downbeat's Readers' Poll for ten years, behind only Gerry Mulligan and Pepper Adams.
Johnstone settled in NYC in 1976, playing with a variety of bands including Anthony Braxton and blues singer Luther Williams, and Michael and Randy Brecker. He went on the road again with the Woody Herman Orchestra in 1977 for a year, then settled in western New York State.
Johnstone maintains a busy schedule, between leading the jazz music program at SUNY Fredonia and performing in the Western New York, Buffalo,Erie region. In addition to innumerable small groups, He has performed with the Erie Philharmonic Pops, the Buffalo Brass, Beamus Bay Pops, the Misery Bay Big Band, and others.
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