August 24, 1987 |
J. J. Johnson, active mainly as a studio composer in recent years, made a rare playing appearance Saturday at the Loa, where the capacity house accorded him the very warm welcome he deserved. As a young trombonist in the bebop era, Johnson managed to adapt this technically demanding horn to the values that had been established by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.
November 15, 1987 |
Whatever happened to the jazz trombone? This may seem like a loaded question, unfair to those who still practice their profession on this horn; yet it is undeniable that trombonists are no longer in the forefront of the scene. For every youngster who decided to take up this difficult instrument, there must be a hundred who pick up a guitar, learn a few chords and rush headlong into a career. Among the Swing Era and post-swing giants, long gone are Tommy Dorsey and Jack Teagarden.
August 25, 2000 |
Miami Dolphin running back J.J. Johnson won't be suspended for violating the NFL's steroid policy, the league said Thursday. Johnson faced a possible suspension for the first four regular-season games, pending an appeal, a source familiar with the case said Monday. He apparently won that appeal. The NFL issued a statement Thursday saying reports are not true that Johnson would be suspended. The league would not elaborate and declined to say whether Johnson's appeal had been upheld.
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February 6, 2001 |
J.J. Johnson, a singular figure in jazz whose innovative trombone play in the bebop era expanded the boundaries of his instrument, died Sunday in Indianapolis. He was 77. In ill health for several months, Johnson committed suicide, according to a report from the local sheriff. An excellent composer and arranger as well as an extraordinary musician, Johnson's career spanned six decades.
September 23, 1988 |
Everything worth doing right takes time, even for someone as gifted as J. J. Johnson. The undisputed father of modern jazz trombone, Johnson about a year ago decided to put down his pen and pick up his horn full-time--he'd spent about 20 years writing for, and playing in, the studios--and it's taken him a year to get back on track. The set Johnson delivered Tuesday at Catalina Bar & Grill was the kind one would expect to hear from a reigning jazz master.
March 1, 1996 |
The lineup for the 18th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on June 15 and 16 has some new faces, old faces, a few surprises and one unanswered question. The program, announced today, includes such major jazz names as trombonist J.J. Johnson, saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Joe Lovano, bassist Stanley Clarke, singers Tony Bennett, Dianne Reeves and Gladys Knight and contemporary groups Fourplay and the Yellowjackets.