A recent Midwest transplant after spending 23 years as an important member of New York City’s jazz community, trumpeter and composer RUSS JOHNSON has 7 recordings as a leader or co-leader and more than 75 recordings as a sideman. He has worked alongside many of the legendary figures in jazz including Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Bill Frisell, and Joe Lovano. In addition, Russ has played in more than 40 countries across the globe and has recorded and/or performed with a long list of the most prominent musicians currently on the international jazz scene, including Myra Melford, Ken Vandermark, and Tony Malaby. The Russ Johnson Quartet performed at the 2013 Umbrella Festival in Chicago and the 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park. Its recording Meeting Point received 4½ stars in DownBeat Magazine and has been listed on its “Best CD’s of 2014.”
HEADLAND is comprised of RUSS JOHNSON, trumpet/compositions; ROB CLEARFIELD, keyboard; MATT ULERY, electric bass; and FRANK ROSALY, drums.