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Fall ’19 Gig Calendar

SEP 1 Russ Johnson Quartet @ Chicago Jazz Festival!!! Von Freeman Pavillion – Millennium Park 1:50pm  NEW BAND – NEW MUSIC!  rj – trumpet/compositions; Greg Ward – alto; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Sep 6 w/ Geof Bradfield Quintet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  GB – tenor/compositons; rj – trumpet; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Sep 10 Solo Improvisations based upon the photography of Stephen Foster @ St. Kate’s Arts Hotel – Milwaukee, WI 7:30

Sep 13 w/ Paul Silbergleit Quartet @ Carolines – Milwaukee, WI  PS – guitar/compositions; rj – trumpet; Jeff Hamman – bass; todd Howell – drums

Sep 14 w/ Tim Hagans, Charles Tolliver & big band @ Carmine Caruso trumpet competition – DePaul University – Chicago, IL

Sep 15 duo with Silvia Bolognesi @ Woodland Pattern – Milwaukee, WI

Sep 25 playing the music from Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction” w/ Geof Bradfield @ Fulton St. Collective – Chicago, IL  GB – tenor; Dee Alexander – voice; Nick Mazarella – alto; rj – trumpet; Joshua Abrams – bass; Mike Reed – drums, Dana Hall – percussion/electronics/recitation

Sep 27 w/ Eric Hochberg Trio featuring Steve Million @ Catch 35 – Chicago, IL

Oct 5 – 13 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet Swiss Tour  featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums

Oct 5 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @ Zentrum fur Gegenwartskunst – Scuol, Nairs Switzerland

Oct 6  w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @ Stanzeri – Baden, Switzerland

Oct 10 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @  Humbug – Basel, Switzerland

Oct 11 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @ BeJazz – Bern, Switzerland

Oct 12 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @ Atelier Marcel Blum – Langethal, Switzerland

Oct 13 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @ Moods, Zurich, Switzerland

Oct 17 w/ Matt Ulery @ Constellation – Chicago, IL

Oct 21 w/ Devin Drobka Trio @ Boone & Crockett – Milwaukee, WI

Oct 25 duo w/ Timothy Daisy @ The Threshold – Madison, WI

Nov 4 – 16 w/ Geof Bradfield Quintet @ Guimaraes Jazz Festival – Portugal  GB – tenor/compositions; rj – trumpet; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums  House band nightly!

Nov 16 w/ Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble @ Guimaraes Jazz Festival – Portugal

Nov 16 w/ Geof Bradfield Quintet @ Guimaraes Jazz Festival – Portugal  GB – tenor/compositions; rj – trumpet; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Nov 22 w/ Chicago Yestet @ Fulton St Collective – Chicago, IL

Nov 29  Russ Johnson Quartet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  NEW BAND – NEW MUSIC!  rj – trumpet/compositions; Greg Ward – alto; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

 

 

 

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Summer 2019 Calendar

May 23 – 28 Artist in Residence at AMR Geneva, Switzerland  http://www.amr-geneve.ch/stage-avec-russ-johnson-2

May 31 w/ Russ Johnson’s “Meeting Point” at Bay View Jazz Fest – Milwaukee, WI  rj – trumpet/compositions; Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Anton Hatwich – bass; Timothy Daisy – percussion

Jun 8 – 19 teaching at Jianghan Univesity – Wuhan & Beijing, China

Jun 23 – 28 teaching @ UW Madison Summer Music clinic

Jun 30 – Jul 12 teaching @ Litchfield Jazz Camp

Jul 19 – 20 w/ Geof Bradfield’s Nonet @ Green Mill – Chicago, IL

Jul 21 – 26 teaching @ Litchfield Jazz Camp

Jul 26 @ Litchfield Jazz Fesival w/ Litchfield Jazz Orchestra featuring Alexis Cole Litchfield, CT

Aug 16 w/ David Bixler Quartet @ Cafe Coda – Madison, WI  DB – alto; rj – trumpet; Ethan Philion – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Aug 17 w/ David Bixler Quartet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  DB – alto; rj – trumpet; Ethan Philion – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Aug 18 w/ David Bixler Quartet @ Hungry Brain – Chicago, IL  DB – alto; rj – trumpet; Ethan Philion – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Aug 21 w/ Mai Sugimoto Quartet @ Hungry Brain – Chicago, IL  Mai Sugimoto – alto/compositions; rj – trumpet; Katie Ernst – bass; Charles Rumback – drums

Aug 28 w/ Johannes Wallmann Quintet featuring Dayna Stephens @ Jazz at Five – Madison, WI

Aug 29 w/ Mai Sugimoto Quartet @ Chicago Jazz Festival – Claudia Cassidy Theater – Chicago Cultural Center   Mai Sugimoto – alto/compositions; rj – trumpet; Katie Ernst – bass; Charles Rumback – drums

Aug 29 w/ Lenard Simpson @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  LS – alto/compositions; rj – trumpet; John Christensen – bass; Devin Drobka – drums

SEP 1 Russ Johnson Quartet @ Chicago Jazz Festival!!! Von Freeman Pavillion – Millennium Park 1:50pm  NEW BAND – NEW MUSIC!  rj – trumpet/compositions; Greg Ward – alto; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Sep 6 w/ Geof Bradfield Quintet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  GB – tenor/compositons; rj – trumpet; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Sep 13 w/ Paul Silbergleit Quartet @ Carolines – Milwaukee, WI  PS – guitar/compositions; rj – trumpet; Jeff Hamman – bass; todd Howell – drums

Sep 14 w/ Tim Hagans & big band @ Carmine Caruso trumpet competition – DePaul University – Chicago, IL

Sep 15 duo with Silvia Bolognesi @ Woodland Pattern – Milwaukee, WI

Sep 20 w/ Geof Bradfield Quintet @ Merriman’s Playhouse – South Bend, IN  GB – tenor/compositons; rj – trumpet; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Sep 25 playing the music from Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction” w/ Geof Bradfield @ Fulton St. Collective – Chicago, IL  GB – tenor; Nick Mazarella – alto; rj – trumpet; Joshua Abrams – bass; Mike Reed – drums

Oct 5 – 13 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet Swiss Tour  featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums

Oct 5 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @ Zentrum fur Gegenwartskunst – Scuol, Nairs Switzerland

Oct 6  w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @ Stanzeri – Baden, Switzerland

Oct 10 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @  Humbug – Basel, Switzerland

Oct 11 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @ BeJazz – Bern, Switzerland

Oct 12 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @ Atelier Marcel Blum – Langethal, Switzerland

Oct 13 w/ Co Streiff/Russ Johnson Quartet featuring Christian Weber – bass; and Gerry Hemingway – drums @ Moods, Zurich, Switzerland

Nov 4 – 16 w/ Geof Bradfield Quintet @ Guimaraes Jazz Festival – Portugal  GB – tenor/compositions; rj – trumpet; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums  House band nightly!

Nov 16 w/ Andrew Rathbun Large Ensemble @ Guimaraes Jazz Festival – Portugal

Nov 16 w/ Geof Bradfield Quintet @ Guimaraes Jazz Festival – Portugal  GB – tenor/compositions; rj – trumpet; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

 

 

Spring 2019 gig calendar

Mar 29 w/ Geof Bradfield’s “Yes…and…Music for 9 improvisers” @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  Geof Bradfield – tenor/compositions; Greg Ward – alto; Anna Webber – flute/bass flute/tenor – rj & Marquis Hill – trumpet; Joel Adams – trombone; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Mar 31 w/ Geof Bradfield’s “Yes…and…Music for 9 improvisers” @ Adventure Music Series – Grand Rapids, MI  3pm  Geof Bradfield – tenor/compositions; Greg Ward – alto; Anna Webber – flute/bass flute/tenor – rj & Marquis Hill – trumpet; Joel Adams – trombone; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Mar 31 w/ Jeremy Cunningham, Joshua Abrams, & Josh Berman @ Hungry Brain – Chicago, IL

Apr 6 Russ Johnson’s Headlands @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  rj – trumpet/compositions; Rob Clearfield – keyboard; Matt Ulery – bass; Jon Deitemyer – drums

Apr 12 w/ Paul Dietrich Large Ensemble – cd Release Show @ Constellation – Chicago, IL

Apr 15 w/ New Standard Jazz Orchestra @ Jazz Showcase – Chicago, IL

Apr 19 w/ Chicago Yestet @ Fulton St Collective – Chicago, IL  Joel Adams – trombone/compositions; Tom Garling – trombone; Chuck Parrish & rj – trumpet; Nick Mazarella, Geof Bradfield, Chris Madsen – saxophones; Mike Allemana – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Xavier Breaker – drums

Apr 22-23 recording w/ Chicago Yestet Joel Adams – trombone/compositions; Tom Garling – trombone; Chuck Parrish & rj – trumpet; Nick Mazarella, Geof Bradfield, Chris Madsen – saxophones; Mike Allemana – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Xavier Breaker – drums

Apr 28 duo w/ Devin Drobka @ ALL – Madison, WI

May 1 w/ Tom Garling Jazz Orchestra @ Hey Nonny – Arlington Heights, IL

May 11 – 12 w/ JC Sanford Minneapolis, MN

May 24-28 Artist in Residence @ AMR – Geneva, Switzerland

Jun 8 – 19 Wuhan & Beijing, China w/ UW Parkside

Jul 19 – 20 w/ Geof Bradfield @ Green Mill – Chicago, IL

Winter 2019 Gig Calendar

Jan 16 w/ New Standard Jazz Orchestra @ University of Illinois – Chicago

Jan 17 w/ Eric Hochberg Trio @ Catch 35 – Chicago, IL  EH – bass; Steve Million – piano; rj – trumpet

Jan 25 w/ Andy Baker Quartet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  Andy Baker – trombone/compositions; rj – trumpet; Larry Kohut – bass; Todd Howell – drums

Feb 9 special guest with Billy Childs & the UW Madison Jazz Orchestra @ Frederic March Play Circle – Madison, WI

Feb 12 w/ Jeremy Cunningham Quartet @ Whistler – Chicago, IL  JC – drums; Joshua Abrams – bass; Dave Rempis – saxophones; rj – trumpet

Feb 15 w/ John Christensen Trio @ Arts & Literature Lab – Madison, WI JC – bass/compositions; Timothy daisy – drums; rj – trumpet

Feb 21 w/ Tim Daisy @ Woodland Pattern Bookstore – Milwaukee, WI (as part of the Formations Series for New & Improvised Music)

Feb 23 w/ Tim Daisy Trio @ Chicago, IL  Tim Daisy – pecussion; Katie Ernst – bass; rj – trumpet

Feb 25 w/ New Standard Jazz Orchestra @ Jazz Showcase – Chicago, IL

Feb 28 w/ Matt Ulery’s “Loom” + Atom (Poland) String Quartet @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  Matt Ulery – bass/compositions; Paul Bedal – piano; Jon Deitemyer – drums; Geof Bradfield – bass clarinet; rj – trumpet

Mar 9 w/ Pat Mallinger “After Hours Jazz Party” @ Green Mill – Chicago, IL  PM – saxophones; rj – trumpet; Pete Benson – organ; Isaiah Spencer – drums

Mar 13 w/ Nick Mazarella playing the music of Ornette Coleman’s “Crisis” @ Jazz Record Art Collective – Fulton St Collective – Chicago, IL  Nick Mazarella – alto; Nate Lepine – tenor; rj – trumpet; Matt Ulery – bass; Jeremy Cunningham – drums

Mar 15 w/ Chris Rottmayer Quintet @ Madison (WI) Central Library as part if the Indigenous Jazz Series

Mar 18 – 23 curating the UW Parkside Jazz Week @ University of Wisconsin Parkside – Kenosha, WI  18 – Adam Nussbaum’s “Leadbelly Project” 19 – Josh Berman Quartet; 20 – Kris Davis, Stephan Crump, Eric McPherson “Borderlands Trio” 21 – Greg Ward’s “Ten Tongues” + Onye Ozuzu Dance Company “Touch My Beloved’s Thought” 23 – Henry Johnson

Mar 29 w/ Geof Bradfield’s “Yes…and…Music for 9 improvisers” @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  Geof Bradfield – tenor/compositions; Greg Ward – alto; Anna Webber – flute/bass flute/tenor – rj & Marquis Hill – trumpet; Joel Adams – trombone; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Mar 31 w/ Geof Bradfield’s “Yes…and…Music for 9 improvisers” @ Adventure Music Series – Grand Rapids, MI  3pm  Geof Bradfield – tenor/compositions; Greg Ward – alto; Anna Webber – flute/bass flute/tenor – rj & Marquis Hill – trumpet; Joel Adams – trombone; Scott Hesse – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Mar 31 w/ Jeremy Cunningham, Joshua Abrams, & Josh Berman @ Hungry Brain – Chicago, IL

Apr 6 Russ Johnson’s Headlands @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  rj – trumpet/compositions; Rob Clearfield – keyboard; Matt Ulery – bass; Jon Deitemyer – drums

Apr 12 w/ Paul Dietrich Large Ensemble – cd Release Show @ Constellation – Chicago, IL

Apr 15 w/ New Standard Jazz Orchestra @ Jazz Showcase – Chicago, IL

Apr 19 w/ Chicago Yestet @ Fulton St Collective – Chicago, IL  Joel Adams – trombone/compositions; Tom Garling – trombone; Chuck Parrish & rj – trumpet; Nick Mazarella, Geof Bradfield, Chris Madsen – saxophones; Mike Allemana – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Xavier Breaker – drums

Apr 22-23 recording w/ Chicago Yestet Joel Adams – trombone/compositions; Tom Garling – trombone; Chuck Parrish & rj – trumpet; Nick Mazarella, Geof Bradfield, Chris Madsen – saxophones; Mike Allemana – guitar; Clark Sommers – bass; Xavier Breaker – drums

Apr 28 duo w/ Devin Drobka @ ALL – Madison, WI

May 11 – 12 w/ JC Sanford Minneapolis, MN

May 24-28 Artist in Residence @ AMR – Geneva, Switzerland

Fall 2018 Calendar

Sept 28  w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ UW Parkside – Kenosha, WI 12:00  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Ron Wiltrout – drums

Sept 28 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Ron Wiltrout – drums

Sept 28 w/ Matt Ulery’s “By A Little Light” @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  Matt Ulery – bass/compositions; Rob Clearfield – piano; Jon Deitemyer – drums; Doug Perkins – vibraphone; Yvonne Lam – violin; Nick Photinos – cello; Ken Thomson – clarinet; Anna Webber – flute; rj – trumpet

Sept 29 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Ron Wiltrout – drums

Sept 30 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ UW Whitewater – WI  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Ron Wiltrout – drums

Oct 1 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Icehouse – Mionneapolis, MN  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Ron Wiltrout – drums

Oct 2 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Lawrence University – Appleton, WI  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor- drums

Oct 3 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Bop Stop – Cleveland, OH  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Oct 4 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Toledo Art Museum – Toledo, OH  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Oct 5 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Bop Shop – Rochester, NY  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Oct 7 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Roulette – Brooklyn, NY  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Oct 13 cd release concert for “Headlands,” my new recording on Woolgathering Records!!! @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  rj – trumpet/compositions; Rob Clearfield – keyboard; Matt Ulery – bass; Jon Deitemyer – drums

Oct 19 & 20 w/ Matt Ulery Shifting Stars Ensemble @ Green Mill – Chicago, IL  Matt Ulery – bass/compositions; Rob Clearfield – piano; Jon Deitemyer – drums; Russ Johnson – trumpet; Geof Bradfield – clarinet; Katie Ernst – voice &  KAIA String Quartet featuring: Victoria Moreira – violin; Naomi Culp – violin; Amanda Grimm – viola; Hope Shepherd DeCelle – cello

Nov 2-9 Ken Thomson Sextet European tour KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Nov 3 w/Ken Thomson Sextet @ November Music Festival – Den Bosch, Netherlands  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Nov 4 w/Ken Thomson Sextet @ Dumont – Aachen, Germany  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Nov 5 w/Ken Thomson Sextet @ West Germany – Berlin, Germany  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Nov 7 w/Ken Thomson Sextet @ Tonne – Dresden, Germany  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Nov 8 w/Ken Thomson Sextet @ Bimhuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Nov 10 w/ Johannes Wallmann Quintet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  Johannes Wallmann – piano/compositions; Nick Moran – bass; Devin Drobka – drums; Tony Barba – tenor; rj – trumpet

Nov 11 w/ Johannes Wallmann Quintet @ North St Cabaret – Madison, WI  Johannes Wallmann – piano/compositions; Nick Moran – bass; Devin Drobka – drums; Tony Barba – tenor; rj – trumpet

Nov 15 w/ Max Johnson & Tim Daisy @ Kenosha Creative Space – Kenosha, WI

Nov 17 w/ Max Johnson & Tim Daisy @ West End Conservatory – Milwaukee, WI

Nov 18 w/ Max Johnson & Tim Daisy @ Hungry Brain – Chicago, IL

Nov 23 w/ Eric Hochberg Trio @ Catch 35 – Chicago, IL  Erich Hochberg – bass; Steve Million – piano; rj – trumpet

Nov 25 w/ Devin Drobka Duo @ Arts & Lit Lab – Madison, WI

Nov 29 w/ John Christensen Trio @ Lower Bar – Madison, WI  John Christensen – bass; Devin Drobka – drums; rj – trumpet

Nov 30 w/ Chicago Yestet @ Fulton St Collective – Chicago, IL

Dec 11 cd release concert for “Headlands,” my new recording on Woolgathering Records!!! @ Kenosha Creative Space – Kenosha, WI  rj – trumpet/compositions; Rob Clearfield – keyboard; Matt Ulery – bass; Jon Deitemyer – drums

Dec 13 cd release concert for “Headlands,” my new recording on Woolgathering Records!!! @ Fulton St Collective – Chicago, IL  rj – trumpet/compositions; Rob Clearfield – keyboard; Matt Ulery – bass; Jon Deitemyer – drums

Dec 18 w/ Nick Mazarella Quartet @ Whistler – Chicago, IL  Nick Mazarella – alto; rj – trumpet; Clark Sommers – bass; Michael Raynor – drums

Summer ’18 gig schedule

July 8-13 on the faculty at the Litchfield Jazz Camp – Litchfield, CT

July 16-28 on the faculty at the Birch Creek Jazz Camp – Door County, WI

Jul 27 & 28 w/ David Bixler Quartet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  David Bixler – alto/compositions; rj – trumpet; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Aug 3 w/ Chicago Yestet @ Fulton St. Collective – Chicago, IL

Aug 11 w/ Evan Paydon @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI

Aug 12 w/ Paul Dietrich’s Large Ensemble @ Fulton St Collective – Chicago, IL

Aug 13 & 14 recording Paul Dietrich’s Large Ensemble – Chicago, IL

Aug 15 w/ Evan Paydon – Madison, WI

Aug 18 w/ Andrew Murray Trim Quintet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  AMT – guitar/compositions; Nate Lepine – tenor; rj – trumpet; Christian Dillingham – bass; Emerson Hunton – drums

Aug 21 w/ Eric Hochberg Trio @ Catch 35 – Chicago, IL EH – bass; Steve Million – piano; rj – trumpet

Aug 22 w/ Dana Hall Quartet performing Julius Hemphill’s “Dogon A.D.” as part of the Jazz Record Art Collective @ Fulton St. Collective – Chicago, IL  Dana Hall – drums; Tomeka Reid – cello; Nick Mazzarella – alto; rj – trumpet

Aug 23 & 24 recording with Andy Baker Quartet – Andy Baker – trombone/compositions; rj – trumpet; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Aug 26 w/ Greg Ward & Ten Tongues @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  Greg Ward – alto/compositions; Tim Haldeman & Keefe Jackson – reeds; Norman Palm & Christopher Davis – trombones; Ben Lamar Gay & rj – cornet/trumpet; Rob Clearfield – piano; Jason Roebke – bass; Marcus Evans – drums

Aug 27 w/ New Standard Jazz Orchestra @ Jazz Showcase – Chicago, IL

Aug 28 w/ Greg Ward Septet performing the music of Miles Davis “Live/Evil” as part of the Jazz Record Art Collective @ Fulton St. Collective – Chicago, IL  Greg Ward – alto; rj – trumpet; Rob Clearfield – keys; Matt Gold – guitar; Matt Ulery – bass; Makaya McCraven – drums; Quin Kirchner – percussion

Aug 29 w/ Jeremy Cunningham’s Chicago Drum Choir @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  Jeremy Cunningham/Mike Reed/Quin Kirchner/Makaya McCraven – drums; rj – trumpet; Lenard Simpson/Nick Mazarella – alto; Matt Lux – bass

Aug 30 w/ Geof Bradfield’s “Yes, and…music for 9 Improvisers”  @ Chicago Jazz Festival  5:25 Pritzker Pavilion – Millennium Park  Geof Bradfield – tenor/compositions;  Geof Bradfield – tenor/compositions; Greg Ward – alto saxophone; Anna Webber – tenor saxophone and flutes, Marquis Hill and Russ Johnson – trumpets, Joel Adams – trombone, Scott Hesse – guitar, Clark Sommers – bass, and Dana Hall drums and percussion.

Aug 31 w/ Greg Ward & Ten Tongues @ Chicago Jazz Festival  3:00 Von Freeman Pavilion  Greg Ward – alto/compositions; Tim Haldeman & Keefe Jackson – reeds; Norman Palm & Christopher Davis – trombones; Ben Lamar Gay & rj – cornet/trumpet; Rob Clearfield – piano; Jason Roebke – bass; Marcus Evans – drums

Sept 2 w/ Matt Ulery’s “Loom/Large” @ Chicago Jazz Festival 4:15 Pritzker Pavillion – Millennium Park

Sep 6 w/ Lenard Simpson Quartet @ Jazz Estate – MIlwaukee, WI  Lenard Simpson – alto/compositions; rj – trumpet; John Christensen – bass; Devin Drobka – drums

Sep 7 w/ rj Quartet @ One Spirit Center – Rockford, Il  rj – trumpet/tunes; Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Sep 8 w/ rj Quartet @ Sugar Maple – Milwaukee, WI  rj – trumpet/tunes; Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Sep 9 w/ Carlos Adames – Kohler, WI

Sep 14 w/ Devin Drobka Trio @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  DD – drums; John Christensen – bass; rj – trumpet

Sept 28-Oct 7 US cd release tour for Ken Thomson Sextet on Panoramic/New Focus Records

Sept 28  w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ UW Parkside – Kenosha, WI 12:00  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Ron Wiltrout – drums

Sept 28 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Ron Wiltrout – drums

Sept 28 w/ Matt Ulery’s “By A Little Light” @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  Matt Ulery – bass/compositions; Rob Clearfield – piano; Jon Deitemyer – drums; Doug Perkins – vibraphone; Yvonne Lam – violin; Nick Photinos – cello; Ken Thomson – clarinet; Anna Webber – flute; rj – trumpet

Sept 29 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Ron Wiltrout – drums

Sept 30 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ UW Whitewater – WI  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Ron Wiltrout – drums

Oct 1 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Icehouse – Mionneapolis, MN  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Ron Wiltrout – drums

Oct 2 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Lawrence University – Appleton, WI  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor- drums

Oct 3 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Bop Stop – Cleveland, OH  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Andy Clausen – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Oct 4 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Toledo Art Museum – Toledo, OH  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Oct 5 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Bop Shop – Rochester, NY  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Oct 7 w/ Ken Thomson Sextet @ Roulette – Brooklyn, NY  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Oct 13 cd release concert for “Headlands,” my new recording on Woolgathering Records!!! @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  rj – trumpet/compositions; Rob Clearfield – keyboard/piano; Matt Ulery – bass; Jon Deitemyer – drums

Oct 19 & 20 w/ Matt Ulery @ Green Mill – Chicago, IL

Nov 2-9 Ken Thomson Sextet European tour KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Nov 3 w/Ken Thomson Sextet @ November Music Festival – Den Bosch, Netherlands  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Nov 7 w/Ken Thomson Sextet @ Dresden, Germany  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Nov 8 w/Ken Thomson Sextet @ Bimhuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands  KT – alto/compositions; Anna Webber – tenor; rj – trumpet; Nick Finzer – trombone; Adam Armstrong – bass; Daniel Dor – drums

Nov 10 w/ Johannes Wallmann Quintet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI

Nov 11w/ Johannes Wallmann Quintet @ North St Cabaret – Madison, WI

Nov 15 w/ Max Johnson & Tim Daisy @ Kenosha Creative Space – Kenosha, WI

Nov 18 w/ Max Johnson & Tim Daisy @ Hungry Brain – Chicago, IL

Spring 2018 Calendar

Apr 6 w/ Emerson Hunton @ One Spirit – Rockford, Il  Emerson Hunton – drums; Anton Hatwich – bass; Eric Krouse – piano; rj – trumpet

April 13 w/ Greg Ward & 10 Tongues @ Rootabaga Jazz Festival – Knox College, Galesburg, IL

Apr 14 w/ Matt Ulery’s “Loom” + KGS String Quartet @ Rootabaga Jazz Festival – Knox College, Galesburg, IL  Matt Ulery – bass/compositions; Rob Clearfield – piano; Jon Deitemyer – drums; Geof Bradfield – bass clarinet; rj – trumpet + KGS String Quartet

Apr 16 w/ Brian Courage @ Elastic Gallery – Chicago, IL  Brian Courage – bass; Andrew Green – drums, Dustin Laurenzi – tenor; rj – trumpet

Apr 18 w/ Greg Ward Quartet @ University of Illinois – Chicago  Greg Ward – alto; rj – trumpet; Dennis Carroll – bass; Gregory Artry – drums

Apr 20 w/ Caroline Davis Quintet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  CD – alto/compositions; rj – trumpet; Rob Clearfield – piano; John Tate – bass; Quin Kirchner – drums

Apr 21 w/ Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra @ Racine Theater Guild – Racine, WI

Apr 25 w/ Caroline Davis Quintet @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  CD – alto/compositions; rj – trumpet; Rob Clearfield – piano; John Tate – bass; Jay Sawyer – drums

Apr 27 w/ Matt Ulery’s “Loom” @ Constellation – Chicago, IL  Matt Ulery – bass/compositions; Rob Clearfield – piano; Jon Deitemyer – drums; Geof Bradfield – bass clarinet; rj – trumpet

May 3 cd release concert for Johannes Wallmann’s “Love Wins” @ North St. Cabaret – Madison, WI  Johannes Wallmann – piano/compositions; Rob Dz – spoken word; John Christensen – bass; Devin Drobka – drums; rj – trumpet

May 4 w/ “Headlands” Quartet with special guest Greg Ward @ Arts & Lit Lab Jazz Festival – Madison, WI  rj – trumpet/compositions; Rob Clearfield – keyboard; Matt Ulery – bass; Jon Deitemyer – drums + special guest Greg Ward – alto

May 5 w/ Dan Pugach’s Nonet @ NightTown – Cleveland, OH

May 6 w/Dan Pugach’s Nonet @ Urban Artifact – Cincinatti, OH

May 8 w/ Eric Hochberg Trio @ Catch 35 – Chicago, IL

May 11 cd release concert for Johannes Wallmann’s “Love Wins” @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  Johannes Wallmann – piano/compositions; Rob Dz – spoken word; John Christensen – bass; Devin Drobka – drums; rj – trumpet

May 12 w/ Dan Pugach’s Nonet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI

May 24 w/ Emerson Hunton @ California Clipper – Chicago, IL Emerson Hunton – drums; Greg Ward – alto; rj – trumpet; Eric Krouse – rhodes; Charlie Kirchen – bass

May 30 w/ Damon Short playing Grachan Moncur III’s “Evolution” as part of the Jazz Record Art Collective series @ Fulton St Gallery – Chicago, IL

May 31 solo & duo with Dave Rempis @ Comfort Station – Chicago, IL

June 1 w/ Emerson Hunton @ Madison, WI  Emerson Hunton – drums; Greg Ward – alto; rj – trumpet; Eric Krouse – rhodes; Charlie Kirchen – bass

June 8 & 9 w/ Chicago Yestet @ Green Mill – Chicago, IL

June 13 w/ Dave Ballou’s “Drone Pieces”  @ AE Randolph Presents – Brooklyn, NY  DB – trumpet/compositions; Ralph Alessi – trumpet; Danny Gouker – trumpet; rj – trumpet

June 30 w/Geof Bradfield’s “Yes, and…music for 9 Improvisers” cd release concert @ Constellation – Chicago, IL Geof Bradfield – tenor/compositions; Greg Ward – alto saxophone; Anna Webber – tenor saxophone and flutes, Marquis Hill and Russ Johnson – trumpets, Joel Adams – trombone, Scott Hesse – guitar, Clark Sommers – bass, and Dana Hall drums and percussion.

July 3 w/ Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra @ Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI

July 8-13 on the faculty for the Litchfield Jazz Camp – Litchfield, CT

July 20 w/ Cameron Brown Quartet @ Pierson Park – Tarrytown, NY  CB – bass; Billy Drewes – saxophone; rj – trumpet; Tony Jefferson – drums

July 21 w/ Tony Barba Quartet @ North St. Cabaret – Madison, WI

July 23 w/ New Standard Jazz Orchestra @ Jazz Showcase – Chicago, IL

July 26 w/ Eric Hochberg Trio – Catch 35 – Chicago, Il

Jul 27 & 28 w/ David Bixler Quartet @ Jazz Estate – Milwaukee, WI  David Bixler – alto/compositions; rj – trumpet; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Aug 3 w/ Chicago Yestet @ Fulton St. Collective – Chicago, IL

Aug 13 & 14 recording Paul Detrich’s Large Ensemble – Chicago, IL

Aug 15 w/ Evan Paydon – Madison, WI

Aug 26 w/ Greg Ward & Ten Tongues @ Constellation – Chicago, IL

Aug 27 w/ New Standard Jazz Orchestra @ Jazz Showcase – Chicago, IL

Aug 30 w/ Geof Bradfield’s “Yes, and…music for 9 Improvisers”  @ Chicago Jazz Festival  5:25 Pritzker Pavilion – Millennium Park  Geof Bradfield – tenor/compositions;  Geof Bradfield – tenor/compositions; Greg Ward – alto saxophone; Anna Webber – tenor saxophone and flutes, Marquis Hill and Russ Johnson – trumpets, Joel Adams – trombone, Scott Hesse – guitar, Clark Sommers – bass, and Dana Hall drums and percussion.

Aug 31 w/ Greg Ward @ Chicago Jazz Festival  3:00 Von Freeman Pavilion

Sept 2 w/ Matt Ulery’s “Loom/Large” @ Chicago Jazz Festival 4:15 Pritzker Pavillion – Millennium Park

Sep 7 w/ rj Quartet @ One Spirit Center – Rockford, Il  rj – trumpet/tunes; Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Sep 8 w/ rj Quartet @ Sugar Maple – Milwaukee, WI  rj – trumpet/tunes; Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Clark Sommers – bass; Dana Hall – drums

Sept 28 – Oct 7 US Tour w/ Ken Thomson Sextet

Oct 19 & 20 w/ Matt Ulery @ Green Mill – Chicago, IL

Nov 2 – 9 European Tour with Ken Thomson Sextet