The Jazz Edge, Inc. will present a musical tribute to legendary jazz trombonist James Louis “J. J.” Johnson. “A Tribute to J. J. Johnson” will feature jazz compositions and arrangements by our honoree. Also, The Jazz Edge Orchestra has scheduled guest artists such as Steve Davis (jazz trombone professor at the Hartt School of Music), Andre Hayward (former jazz trombone professor at the Butler School of Music), and Steve Turre (trombonist with Saturday Night Live Band and jazz trombone instructor at Juilliard).
“A Tribute to J. J. Johnson” will be presented at The Emerson Performance Center in June of 2018. The concert will feature the above guest artists along with St. Louis diva Marsha Evans and male vocalist Ron Wilkinson singing various musical selections. The printed program and M.C’s Marsha and Ron will inform audience members, through a slide presentation, of J. J. Johnson’s musical legacy.