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Jazz Quorum: Bio

Steve Johnson, Trombone.  Steve has played his trombone at the highest levels of all major styles: from Be Bop to Soft Pop, Classical to Salsa. He has done it all.  Credits include: Ray Charles Orchestra (Lead & Jazz); Don Ellis Big Band ( Lead & Jazz); Grover Mitchell (Lead & Jazz);Tommy Vig- Very Vig Band ( Lead & Jazz); Buddy Collette; Benny Carter; Willie Bobo; Auracle; Little Anthony; The Temptations; Captain and Tennille; Jan and Dean; Johnny Polanco; Alfredo de la Fe; Johnny Blas; Hector Rivera; Azteca; Johnny Martinez; Johnny Nelson; Sinfonia Orchestra (Roger Wagner Master Chorale); Valley Symphony; Los Angeles Solo Repertory Orchestra; Opera A La Carte. TV/Media work includes: ABC Movie of the Week, Comedy Central, The Golden Eagle Awards; New York, New York and the Swiss Radio Big Band.  Steve has done an extended engagement with the Jazz Legacy Duo at the Hilton Universal City Jazz Brunch, and is a freelance musician in Los Angeles.

Steve has extensive experience as an educator, having taught Jazz History at Glendale Community College, directed the Jazz Ensemble at Blair High School in Pasadena California, and taught secondary level Mathematics and been a Guidance Counselor for the Los Angeles Unified School District.  He holds a MS in School Counseling from University of La Verne and a BS in Music from UCLA, as well as graduate work in music at CALArts.

The Jazz Legacy brand, established for seven years, embodies the fulfillment of a career spanning goal to lead a world class Jazz aggregations.

 

 

 

Frank Strazzeri, Featured Composer.  Born in Rochester, New York, Frank Strazzeri started his musical studies playing tenor saxophone and clarinet at the age of twelve.  He began piano lessons in the seventh grade and later enrolled in the Eastman School of Music preparatory department, where he continued studying piano through high school.

When Frank arrived in Los Angeles in 1960, he began working with many jazz notables such as Kenny Dorham, Bud Shank, Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Frank Rosolino, Joe Pass, Conti Candoli, Kai Winding, Joe Henderson, and Stan Getz, to name a few.

Frank became the house pianist for World Pacific Jazz label, and during the next five years, recorded numerous albums with such great artists as Red Mitchell, Harold Land, Terry Gibbs, Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, Carmell Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, and the big bands of Oliver Nelson, Gerald Wilson, and countless others.

In 1969, Frank served as musical coordinator for the nationally televised Johnny Cash Show, and shortly thereafter joined the great Les Brown band for three years performing with many stars including Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra in concerts and TV specials throughout the world.

After leaving Les Brown, Frank joined Elvis Presley for two tours.  The concert at Madison Square Garden, and the now famous Hawaii Special were recorded live and are still available on the RCA Victor label.

Frank has written two piano books currently available.  One is titled Jazz Piano Solos on Try Publishing, and the other titled Strazzatonic on Warner Brothers.

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