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The Jazz Room @ the Stage Door Theater

Mitch Butler plays JJ Johnson

Aug 21 , 2015 STAGE DOOR THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

  • $12 in advance; $15 at the door

Overview

After much-acclaim and sold-out performances, Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative’s (JAI) monthly series—The Jazz Room @ The Stage Door Theater – is swinging through the summer on Friday, August 21st with renowned trombonist Mitch Butler paying tribute to the great JJ Johnson. The Stage Door Theater is part of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, at the corner of 5th and College in Uptown Charlotte.

With unprecedented execution and imagination, JJ Johnson brought bebop to the trombone and revolutionized the way the instrument was played.  During 1946-1950, he played with all of the top bop musicians, including Charlie Parker, the Dizzy Gillespie big band, Illinois Jacquet, and the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool Nonet. He has long been regarded as one of the leading trombonists of the post-swing era, exerting a pervasive influence on other jazz musicians.

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