The Sycamore Music Boosters will welcome the Chris Johnson Quartet on Feb. 9 as they host “A Note to Remember” from 7 to 11 p.m. at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore.
The event also will feature Diana Carls, the Sycamore High School Jazz Ensemble and other school ensembles of the Sycamore music program.
Additionally, the new Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame will be unveiled. Three Sycamore High School alumni will be introduced and honored as the first inductees.
A sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres buffet and coffee bar will be included along with a raffle and silent auction of more than 50 gifts and prizes donated by local businesses.
Christopher Johnson, a gifted trombonist, has performed with musicians such as Clark Terry, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Victor Lewis, Eric Reed and others.
Johnson began playing the trombone at age 11 after he heard his middle school band director playing it one day after school. He continued playing and studying music throughout high school, winning several awards on the way, including a full ride music scholarship to the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. There, through legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, he got his first taste of real jazz. They began working together through master classes and one-on-one lessons.
Johnson continued studying jazz at Northern Illinois University, where he studied with world-class jazz educator Ronald Carter. Johnson also studied with Tom Garling (former music director and trombonist for Maynard Ferguson) and briefly with Wycliffe Gordon and Andre Hayward.
Johnson is a high-demand trombonist in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas. He leads the Chris Johnson Quartet and tours the country regularly with other groups at festivals, clubs and private events. He teaches private lessons for all brass instruments and is the director of the Northern Illinois University CS Jazz Band. He also has directed jazz combos, the NIU All University Jazz Ensemble, and taught Jazz Appreciation at NIU.
A limited number of tickets are available for this adult-only event. Cost is $20 per person and includes musical entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and coffee bar. A cash bar also will be available. Tickets are on sale at the Sycamore High School main office, via email at Note2Remember@gmail.com, by phone at 815-757-5688, and at all upcoming music department concerts.
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