Renzi/Johnston/Shulman/Vogler: “Bye Bye Bartok” – Reimagining Great Symphonic & Chamber Themes

Renzi/Johnston/Shulman/Vogler: “Bye Bye Bartok” – Reimagining Great Symphonic & Chamber Themes
Saturday, January 13 @ 7:30PM
What if Béla Bartók wrote “Bye Bye Blackbird”? What if Charlie Parker wrote a prelude in E, or Sun Ra, a symphony in C? We may never know, but four Bay Area voices come together to groove, swing, and do their thing over themes by Bach, Bartok, Satie, Tchaikovsky, and others, followed by a set of their own compositions. Chamber jazz from the heart, this evening marks the inaugural performance of the new quartet.   FEATURING: Darren Johnston - trumpet Matt Renzi - woodwinds Adam Shulman ...
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Destiny Muhammad, Darren Johnston, Giulio Xavier: Jazz Harp, Trumpet & Bass

Destiny Muhammad, Darren Johnston, Giulio Xavier: Jazz Harp, Trumpet & Bass
Friday, December 1 @ 7:30PM
The Poppy is proud to present the inaugural collaboration between jazz harpist Destiny Muhammad, trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston, and bassist Giulio Xavier, three longtime contributors to the Bay Area music scene. Expect fresh takes on jazz standards, some premieres of original music, and selected covers from around the globe.   FEATURING: Destiny Muhammad - harp, vocals Darren Johnston - trumpet, vocals Giulio Xavier - bass   ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Performer, bandleader, pr...
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Darren Johnston’s Broken Shadows: Love, Loss, and Resistance

Darren Johnston’s Broken Shadows: Love, Loss, and Resistance
Saturday, May 13 @ 7:30PM
With songs emphasizing lyrics and storytelling, as well as world-class musicianship that prizes spontaneity and dialogue, this highly adaptable ensemble led by trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston brings poetry, interplay, vocal harmonies, and a cross-section of musical interests into a curious new blend of roots/art/dance music. Featuring: Darren Johnston - trumpet, vocals David Phillips - pedals, steel guitar, vocals Jordan Samuels - guitar, vocals Miles Wick - upright bass, vocals Jorda...
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Broken Shadows: New Roots & Chamber Folk

Broken Shadows
With songs that place an emphasis on spontaneity, lyrics, and story-telling, Broken Shadows' take on roots music includes grooves with origins from around the globe. Broken Shadows is comprised of a highly-adaptable collection of musicians under the leadership of trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston. The ensemble brings poetry, interplay, vocal harmonies, and a cross section of musical interests into a curious new blend of roots/art/dance music. Collectively, members have played and recorded with ...
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