Throughout 2019, NBJP celebrates the 125th Birthday of New Brunswick's own James P. Johnson
February 1, 1894 - November 17, 1955
Around 1919, James P Johnson looked after 15 year old Thomas Waller whose mother had just died. Over the course of several years he gave piano lessons to the young man, later known as Fats, and helped launch his extraordinary career.
We look forward to sharing the music of James P. Johnson with you this year!
Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians ... the future "greats!" This is a chance to see them NOW! Trombonist Dave Mosko leads the band and session-special guest, trumpeter Ted Chubb.
Two-time Grammy-nominated organist and winner of Downbeat Magazine's 2016 rising star poll Pat Bianchi, has established himself as one of the most in demand organists on the scene today. His command of the instrument, harmonic prowess, rhythmic intensity and versatility are rivaled by few. While still actively performing with both Pat Martino and Lou Donaldson, Bianchi also collaborates with many well known musicians, he is also on the faculty of Temple University and Queens College. Bianchi's latest release, "In The Moment" features an array of special guests including Pat Martino and the late Kevin Mahogany.
Josh Evans was born and raised in Hartford, CT. Josh began studying with Raymond 'Dr. Rackle' Williams and within a year he began performing regularly with Dr. Rackle's Sound Griot Brass Band. The experience would blaze the path for performances with Jackie McLean which included New York based venues known as the Blue Note, Iridium, the Regattabar located in Boston, MA, and the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. He recently led his own big band at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola.
It was an invitation to sing with a local jazz trio that got her hooked. While studying classical piano at the Janacek Conservatory in the Czech Republic, Emma Larsson sat in with the group on one of their gigs and never looked back. Emma signed her first recording contract with Imogena Records while working towards her Masters Degree at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.Since moving to New York, Emma has performed regularly around the city including headlining at the Blue Note.