(Phil Sims, trombonist, bandleader, composer, and arranger appears as a guest author on JazzBuffalo’s Jazz In Town. In this exclusive article written for JazzBuffalo, Phil introduces us to the next featured saxophonist for the Artisan Jazz First Sunday Series, Bruce Johnstone. The next Artisan Jazz First Sunday Series will be held at the Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, NY. on Sunday, August 4th beginning at 6 pm.)
In our final installment of Artisan Jazz First Sundays at The Historic Roycroft Inn (World-renowned Saxophonists off Western New York), we feature saxophonist, Bruce Johnstone.
Bruce’s reputation as a jazz musician began in his native New Zealand, ultimately sending him to Australia where he quickly became prominent. From there, Bruce moved to England and once again established himself on the UK jazz scene, and on into Europe.
While in Copenhagen, Bruce performed with greats Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, and Nils Henning Orsted Peterson. Ultimately, Bruce was hired on reputation alone to tour with the world-renowned Maynard Ferguson Big Band, as well as the Woody Herman Big band, which brought his talents to the US market.
Bruce formed one of the first-ever jazz-fusion bands, “New York Mary” and produced two albums with Arista records. Bruce also recorded with Anthony Braxton’s Creative Orchestra in 1976. Bruce’s name regularly appeared in Downbeat Polls for “best jazz baritone saxophonist” for ten years running.
Bruce came to Western New York and became the director of curricular jazz at Fredonia State University. He is recently retired from that position but is still an in-demand jazz musician and clinician, world-wide.
You can hear Bruce along with trombonist Phil Sims, pianist Lisa Hasselback, bassist Ed Croft, and drummer Tom Kasperek at the Roycroft Inn as part of the Artisan Jazz First Sundays concert series on August 4th, at 6:00 PM/ Reservation highly suggested. (716-652-5552)