Jeff Johnston

Jeff Johnston

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN
BandJazz

The Composers – A Tribute to Thelonius Monk, Wayne Shorter and Kenny Wheeler is Johnston’s latest recording. It is a solo piano homage to the three most influential and innovative minds in the world of jazz composition. “A great jazz composition not only stands the test of time but is and will always be a great vehicle for improvisation and interpretation. That’s why tunes like Round Midnight and Footprints still sound fresh today and in fact have themselves become jazz standards.” says Johnston

Biography

Jeff Johnston, - two time Juno nominee, pianist, composer, producer, educator
Active on the music scene for over twenty years and considered "clearly in Canada's top ranks" (Toronto Star), Johnston has performed and recorded with many of the worlds best, including John Abercrombie, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Wheeler and Dave Liebman. His music has been described by critics as "outstanding in every way" and "Canadian jazz at it's best" (Globe and Mail). He has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe including the Antibes Jazz Festival in France, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and as a regular at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The recipient of numerous awards from the Canada Council, FACTOR, Heritage Canada and The Quebec Arts Council, Johnston in 1984 received the prestigious R. Murray Shafer award for composition. He has twice been nominated for both the Juno Awards and the East Coast Music Awards. Johnston honed his craft in New York City under the tutelage of renowned composer and pianist Richard Beirach. Now based in Montreal, Johnston is on faculty at McGill University's Schulich School of Music

Discography

THE COMPOSERS (to be released) 2011
solo piano

NUAGE (Justintime) 2002
with John Abercrombie and Dave Liebman

THE FIELD (Nujazz) 1999
with Jim Vivian and Mike Billard

JEFF JOHNSTON QUARTET (Unity) 1993
with Kenny Wheeler

TRINITY (Unity) 1990
Jeff Johnston Quartet

Set List

Round Midnight
Pannonica
Footprints
Infant Eyes
Everybodys Song But My Own
Heyoke
What
The Orb