The Federal Brass of The U.S. Army Field Band, performing “Lonely Beauty” with me at California State University, Northridge on February 10, 2015.
“Underdog Nightmare” is a tribute to the great jazz composer Charles Mingus, and Dr. Richard Bromley, who introduced me to his music and taught me so much about jazz. More than anyone else, those two men changed the way I listen to music, and what I perceive as beautiful.
This was recorded on September 29 in Millville, New Jersey with The U.S. Army Field Band. I played the trumpet part, and Sergeant First Class Carmen Russo is featured on trombone.
Premiered by SGM Tom Enokian, SFC Phil Kiamie, and SSG Joel Ciaccio of The U.S. Army Field Band, Washington, DC.
FUGUE AND VARIATION – PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
One of our quintet’s greatest strengths is versatility, and our inclusion of a drummer was an opportunity to do some fun and interesting things. The quintet sometimes experiments with Renaissance and Baroque-era works, playing them in more contemporary styles and improvising around the melody. I tried to capture that sound with “Fugue and Variation.” It premiered on The U.S. Army Field Band’s 2011 Fall Tour.
HOMETOWN BLUES – STEVE EARLE, ARR. PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
In 2009, after giving a concert in North Carolina, some friends and I heard a jam session that left an impression on me: It was my first time hearing a style of American music called “Old Time.” They played an old Steve Earle song called “Hometown Blues,” and it rattled around in my head continuously until I arranged it for my quintet a couple of months later.
This recording of “Hometown Blues” was taken from a live performance by The U.S. Army Field Band Brass Quintet at the 2011 Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference.
GREENSLEEVES FOR TRUMPET ENSEMBLE – ANONYMOUS, ARR. PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
My original arrangement of “Greensleeves,” taken from A Trumpeter’s Resource, an educational video by the Army Field Band trumpet section. It gives students a chance to hear several different kinds of trumpets side-by-side.
STREET JAM WITH THE BRASS MESSENGERS
An impromptu meeting with the Brass Messengers outside the Fitzgerald Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota.
These performances were part of a Baltimore-based concert series, Mobtown Modern.