New York City’s Aaron Johnson is a saxophonist and young scholar of jazz history and culture whose music and unrelenting energy have captivated listeners and musicians. A disciple of Charlie Parker and the bebop era, Johnson possesses a wild musical imagination, a fearless heart and a probing intellect.
He with his quintet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St., in a concert sponsored by Whatcom Jazz Arts Music Project. Entrance is the side door on Maple Street.
Johnson has lectured, given talks and moderated panels about the state of jazz, its history, identity, culture and function at such notable institutions such as New York University, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The National Jazz Museum of Harlem.
He has performed as a sideman with such jazz artists as Jonathan Batiste, Connie Crothers, Bruce Harris, Michael Mwenso, James Langton’s NY All Star Big Band.
He’s currently touring with his Reboppers, a quintet comprised of Gregory Chen, piano; Ben Rubens, bass; Scott Lowrie, drums; and Danny Brown, tenor sax.
Admission is $10; $5 students; free for Music Project members. Details: 206-612-5967.