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  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston) 1934 Dempster Street Evanston, IL, 60202 United States (map)

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Richard D. Johnson, piano
Dennis Carroll, bass
Charles Heath, drums

I asked Richard for a few words to describe this performance and he sent back a fabulous statement: “The evening’s presentation will involve lots of swinging, toe tapping and hand clapping music for all. You will be transported to the future of jazz using all the techniques of the past!”

Who doesn’t want to be there for that? This is Richard’s first appearance at Studio5 so I thought you might want to know a little bit about this impressive artist. You can read it … or you can just click on the video below. That’s all I needed. What a player!

Born in Pittsburgh, Richard was introduced to the piano at the age of five by his father, a gospel pianist in the church. Since then he has cultivated a rich, pedigreed musical background, schooled by some of the most legendary jazz musicians and trained at the most esteemed music institutions. He graduated from the Berklee School of Music in two years, earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory, and received an Artist Performance Diploma at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory under the direction of Ron Carter. He was a member of Wynton Marsalis' Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 2000-2003. He has shared jazz worldwide as a United States Musical Ambassador by the U.S. State Department, and started the Reach Afar program for young people ages 7-17, educating them about elements of jazz in hip-hop.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.