Aaron Johnston & Friends ft. members of Brazilion Girls, Lettuce, & more

Fri Dec 1 2017

11:00 PM (Doors 10:30 PM)

American Beauty NYC

251 West 30th Street New York, NY 10001

$15.00

Ages 21+

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Aaron Johnston, drummer of Brazilian Girls, is putting together a new collaborative project dubbed J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised), which will see a rotating cast of musicians joining the accomplished player in various formats of this conceptual venture in the near future. For this first exploration into the deep depths of sound, space, and time, Johnston is teaming up with keyboardist/programmer Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live Band), saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce / Shady Horns), and bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power) for a 3-night run through the Northeast.

The quartet will blend electronic music elements with a diverse range of genres from jazz, afrobeat, dub, funk, and more to create a “live music abstraction” that will take listeners on a first-class intergalactic journey that needs to be witnessed by any true music head.

American Beauty NYC Presents
Aaron Johnston & Friends ft. members of Brazilion Girls, Lettuce, & more

  • Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls) & Friends

    Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls) & Friends

    Funk-Rock

    While he may be best-known as the polyrhythmic heartbeat and producer of the Grammy-nominated band Brazilian Girls, Aaron Johnston is more than just a “remarkably fluid drummer,” as the New York Times has dubbed him. A Verve recording artist, writer, producer, arranger, programmer, vocalist, and engineer of the highest caliber, his diverse skills have made him one of Latin and American music’s most sought after collaborators.

     

    A graduate of Wichita State University’s renowned music program, Johnston studied jazz and classical drumming in addition to devoting four intense years to the study of world percussion. He served as a professor’s assistant and as the director of Wichita’s Escola De Samba while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree, developing an intuitive blend of technical training and natural feel that would guide the rest of his career.

     

    In Los Angeles, he quickly became a first-call session and touring drummer for the likes of  Desmond Child and the Pete Escovedo Orchestra. After relocating to San Francisco, he found himself performing and recording with a slew of legends: Darol Anger’s Heritage Project (featuring Willie Nelson and Mary Chapin Carpenter), Mike Marshall’s Choro Famoso, Andy Narell, Omar Sosa,t Aphelbaum and the Hieroglyphics Ensemble, and Katoja among others.  All the while, he was producing and recording jazz albums with his own celebrated group, Blue People.

     

    In January of 1998, Johnston moved to New York City, where he earned spots behind the kit with everyone from Harry Belafonte, Angelique Kidjo and Me’shell Ndegeocello to Wax Poetic and Latin pop star Thalia.

    But it was his own full-time group, Brazilian Girls, that truly launched him into the spotlight. The band released three albums on Universal Verve Records, garnering a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic Dance Album, critical acclaim from Rolling Stone and SPIN, tour dates with Sting and festival slots from Bumbershoot to Bonarroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza.

     

    In addition to his percussion work, Johnston has contributed to a number of film scores, including director Morgan Freeman’s Desert Blue, and, most recently, the Paramount Pictures release OKA Amerikee, a film based on the music of the Bayaka tribe in Africa.

     

    Currently based in New York, New York, Johnston splits his time between being one of New York City’s top session drummers, doing drum tracks for people all over the world, and playing shows with stars like Ana Torroja from the band “Mecano” or people like Natalie Merchant, to performing with, recording and producing a variety of artists in New York, including his band Brazilian Girls (who are currently Mixing their fourth album). Johnston is also very active on the local new york city scene, playing alongside many of New York’s top musicians such as Clark Gayton (Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Duke Ellington, Skatalites, Steel Pule, Quincy Jones), Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm), Scott Sharrard (Greg Allman Band), Avi Bortnick (John Scofield Band), and the list goes on, as well as his side projects such as Shitty Shitty Jam Band(which is more of an afro-beat meets 70’s funk meets modern electro), California (acoustic), and his work as a DJ and producer.

  • Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)

    Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)

    Jazz Funk

    BIO

    For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency. Their latest offering, Mt. Crushmore EP, showcases the exceptional musicianship and improvisational, rhythmic genius that fans have come to expect. Once again co-produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Joel Hamilton (Elvis Costello, Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights) the EP is comprised of seven previously unreleased tracks from their acclaimed full-length studio album Crush.

    Acclaimed single “The Love You Left Behind” is a funky take on the classic tune. Featuring the gritty vocals of blues siren Alecia Chakour, the track was included in NPR’s All Songs Considered and is a crowd favorite at their live shows. From the commanding horns on the title track, to the sultry grooves on “116th St.,” to the sonic intrigue of “Elephant Walk” and the outer space-like funk of “Ransome,” Mt. Crushmore is a psychedelic journey that only Lettuce could navigate.

     

    Comprised of a stellar group of musicians – Drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet player Eric Bloom—the band consistently displays an applauded mastery of their respective crafts. Blending together these talents in a sound distinctly their own, Lettuce has garnered praised by the likes of New York Times, NPR, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, Relix, Red Bull Music, Live For Live Music, and more.

     

    According to the band, it is a sense of unity and togetherness that has much to do with the camaraderie that’s only intensified over the lifespan of the band. Formed in 1992, when several band members attended a summer program at Boston’s Berklee College of Music as teenagers, Lettuce was founded on a shared love of legendary funk artists like Earth, Wind & Fire and Tower of Power. After returning to Berklee as undergrads in 1994, Lettuce started playing in local clubs and steadily built up a following that soon extended to cities across the country and then throughout the world. Releasing their studio debut Outta Here in 2002, its follow-up Rage! in 2009, Fly in 2012, and Crush in 2015, the band has dedicated their time to balancing their prolific touring with involvement in a host of other musical endeavors (including Evans and Krasno’s role as founding members of acclaimed soul/jazz trio Soulive).

    In recent years, Lettuce have watched their fanbase expand as they’ve hit bigger and bigger stages. Selling out shows across the country, they have truly earned their name as a can’t-miss live act. As bass player Erick “Jesus” Coomes puts it, “some of these shows we’ve played over the past couple years have been so amazing, it’s like you go home a different person.”

  • Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band)

    Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live Band)

    Dance

  • Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)

    Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)

    Jazz Funk

    I play bass with The Nth Power, Groovechild, The Danny Mayer Trio, formally of John Browns Body, Dub Apocalypse, Moonboot Lover, High Range, Vitamin C, etc

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American Beauty NYC Presents

Aaron Johnston & Friends ft. members of Brazilion Girls, Lettuce, & more

Fri Dec 1 2017 11:00 PM

(Doors 10:30 PM)

American Beauty NYC New York NY
Aaron Johnston & Friends ft. members of Brazilion Girls, Lettuce, & more

$15.00 Ages 21+

Aaron Johnston, drummer of Brazilian Girls, is putting together a new collaborative project dubbed J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised), which will see a rotating cast of musicians joining the accomplished player in various formats of this conceptual venture in the near future. For this first exploration into the deep depths of sound, space, and time, Johnston is teaming up with keyboardist/programmer Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live Band), saxophonist Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce / Shady Horns), and bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power) for a 3-night run through the Northeast.

The quartet will blend electronic music elements with a diverse range of genres from jazz, afrobeat, dub, funk, and more to create a “live music abstraction” that will take listeners on a first-class intergalactic journey that needs to be witnessed by any true music head.

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Ages 21+
limit 10 per person
General Admission
$15.00
2-For-1 Thanksgiving Special
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$15.00

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Terms & Conditions

This event is 21 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.

Venue management reserves the right to refuse admission to any person whose conduct is deemed to be objectionable, who uses abusive language, or who is publicly intoxicated. Breach of these terms terminates your license to attend the event, and a refund will not be offered.

Purchaser must be present along with their ID and matching Credit card in order for the transaction to be valid.