J & K
Jazz Night in America presents the music of trombonist J. J. Johnson curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner. Gardner invites his section parter Elliot Mason to tackle material from the "Jay and Kai”project, which featured trombonist Kai Winding. We hear from both Gardner and Mason about what made this project so special. Also, Jazz Night in America pulls back the curtain on Johnson, the composer, courtesy of archival interview tape provided by biographer Joshua Berrett and we learn about Johnson, the man, from Carolyn Johnson who was Johnson’s wife from 1992 until his death in 2001.