Written by from WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center
The trombone virtuoso J.J. Johnson was among the first to adapt the challenge laid down by bebop saxophonists and trumpeters to his more ungainly instrument. Among the recordings he left as evidence was a series of albums partnering with fellow trombonist Kai Winding. In a concert at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner recently took on that “Jay and Kai” repertoire, joined by sectionmate Elliot Mason, other members of the JLCO and special guests.
Jazz Night in America hears the music of J.J. Johnson, as heard through Vincent Gardner, and pulls back the curtain on the trombone pioneer with biographer Joshua Berrett and widow Carolyn Johnson.