New Music from Howard Johnson

Photo Credit: Albie Mitchell

Potenza Music Publishing is honored to present nine new publications by Howard Johnson, universally recognized as the most versatile and sought-after jazz tuba player in the world. Composed for Johnson's signature ensemble, Gravity, these new releases of sheet music are scored for tuba jazz ensemble of six tuba players plus rhythm section and include two original Howard Johnson compositions, along with seven of his arrangements of standards.

About the Music

Skillfully edited by celebrated tubists Velvet Brown and Joe Daley, each publication includes a spiral bound score and a CD containing .pdf parts, program notes on the music and bios of Howard Johnson and the editors.

Velvet Brown, Distinguished Professor of Music at Pennsylvania State University and Artist Faculty at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, writes:

Howard Johnson's jazz tuba ensemble is envisioned as a tuba choir—with tubas in F, E flat, CC, and BB flat—that encourages tuba players to learn to play in the upper register. His charts were originally written for his tuba jazz ensemble, Gravity, formed in 1968 with Howard Johnson as solo lead tuba. The charts can in fact be performed with euphoniums; but he formed his group, made his arrangements and developed this specific instrumentation 50 years ago as a statement about tubas and prefers to hear his arrangements played in this configuration, encouraging tuba players to develop the range required. His most important advice is that whatever instrumentation is used, "make it fun and find the best jazz rhythm section!"

Original Compositions


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About Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson is universally known as the finest proponent of the jazz tuba in the world. An indepth list of associations and recordings includes John Scofield, Hank Crawford, Archie Shepp, Buddy Rich, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, and John Lennon and a four year association with the NDR Big Band in Hamburg, Germany. In movies he can be heard on the soundtracks of Spike Lee’s School Daze, Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X and Clockers. Johnson currently lives in Harlem and is semi-retired. — Kay Cordtz

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