Howard Johnson and Gravity at Winter Jazzfest at The Bitter End

Joseph Daley uploaded this event on January 9, 2014


The Bitter End
Winter Jazzfest

147 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
(212) 673-7030


Sat, January 11, 2014



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Howard Johnson and Gravity

For the listener, there is nothing quite as exciting as the sound of a tuba orchestra, a bone-deep thrill as a battalion of those deeply resonant instruments carry the song’s melody instead of merely supporting it. Acclaimed horn man Howard Johnson recognized the possibilities more than 45 years ago when he conceived of the ensemble that has become GRAVITY.

“In 1967, there were getting to be tuba players with solid high and low registers, and I began to think of writing for a multiple tuba ensemble,” he said. “It could encompass at least three-and-a-half octaves and allow tuba players the jazz expression I had always encouraged.”...

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