Bruce Johnstone is an American saxophonist born on September 1, 1943 in Wellington, New Zealand.. He is a prominent baritone saxophonist who was known for his powerful sound and his ability to play in a variety of styles.
Johnstone began playing the saxophone at a young age and was heavily influenced by the music of jazz legends such as Gerry Mulligan and Pepper Adams. He began his professional career in the 1960s, playing with various local bands in Buffalo.
In the 1970s, Johnstone moved to New York City, where he quickly established himself as one of the top baritone saxophonists in the city. He played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, and Woody Herman. He also recorded several albums as a bandleader, including “Jazz Saxophone” and “The Playboy Jazz All-Stars.”
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Johnstone continued to perform and record. He played with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and was a featured soloist on several of their recordings. He also recorded several albums with his own groups, including “Playing it Straight” and “The First Milestone.”
In addition to his playing, Johnstone was also a respected educator. He taught at several universities, including the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the State University of New York at Purchase. He was also a guest lecturer at jazz workshops and festivals throughout the United States.
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