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Gryphon Trio in concert Feb 3! In a double bill with Kathy Kallick Band in Palo Alto

The Gryphon Trio & Kathy Kallick Band — Feb 3

The Kathy Kallick Band is based along the west coast, from San Francisco to Anchorage, but their powerful mixture of original and classic music, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere. Kathy’s exceptional career includes winning a Grammy and two IBMA Awards, receiving a Honorary Lifetime Membership from the California Bluegrass Association, co-founding the internationally-acclaimed Good Ol’ Persons, and collaborating with the country’s top acoustic musicians – including her mighty band (for nearly 15 years): Annie Staninec (fiddle), Greg Booth (dobro & banjo), Tom Bekeny (mandolin), and Cary Black (bass), all of whom provide sterling harmonies.

Ed Johnson, as both a guitarist and vocalist, is a master of many different styles, including folk, classical, Brazilian, jazz, r&b, Afro-Cuban, and Americana. He has seven recording projects to his credit, in addition to producer’s credits for other singer-songwriters. Like Jack and Carol, Ed has taught private lessons in both guitar and voice at Gryphon Stringed Instruments for 30 years — and is the longest-tenured of anyone on Gryphon’s private lesson staff. Ed is also a highly sought-after arranger and composer, and tours throughout the West Coast with his Brazilian-flavored band, Novo Tempo, and the Americana band, Cabin Fever Northwest.

Carol McComb made her recording debut for Elektra Records with Kathy and Carol, her duo with Kathy Larisch, and has also released three solo albums and five with the Gryphon Quintet/Gryphon Carollers. Her songs have been recorded by Bill Staines, Laurie Lewis, Good Ol’ Persons, and Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, among others. Carol also has taught guitar, singing, and songwriting to thousands of people, and written a best-selling instruction book, Country and Blues Guitar for the Musically Hopeless. She’s scored two award-winning documentary films, and toured extensively in duos and bands, as well as with Linda Ronstadt and Joan Baez.

Jack Tuttle has been teaching banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, vocals, and bluegrass jamming since 1979, and has written twelve instructional books. Among his thousands of students are Brittany Haas, AJ Lee, and his own three children, Molly, Sullivan, and Michael, all of whom are nationally recognized bluegrass talents. Jack has performed at many notable events, been a mainstay at the prestigious CBA Bluegrass Music Camp, released a number of albums, including a duet project with his daughter Molly and two with The Tuttles with AJ Lee, and is the recipient of both the California Bluegrass Association’s Honorary Lifetime Membership Award and the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peninsula Bluegrass presents…in concert…

• The Kathy Kallick Band (Album Release Celebration!)
• The Gryphon Trio (Jack Tuttle, Carol McComb, Ed Johnson)

5:30 pm – doors open for jamming
6:30 pm – concert seating begins
7:00 pm – showtime!

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 East Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA

Tickets & Information: RBA.org     
$25 – general admission
$22 – music students, under-21, CBA & NCBS members

Sponsored by the Northern California Bluegrass Society

For Every Living Thing — by Ed Johnson & Novo Tempo

The eagerly anticipated recording by Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo is now available! Featuring mostly original compositions with the band’s trademark Brazilian-flavored sound, the ten tracks explore themes of finding joy through hardship, caring for our planet, and how love transforms and sustains us all.

After getting off to a fast start in the winter of 2020, the album ended up taking over two-and-a-half years to complete, with the global pandemic throwing numerous challenges our way. Through it all, the band persevered, and the result is a stunning collection of songs and production, featuring outstanding, stellar performances from Ed on vocals and guitar, Jennifer Scott on vocals and keyboards, Kristen Strom on sax/flute/reeds, John L. Worley on trumpet and flugelhorn player, Scott Sorkin on guitar and co-production, Rene Worst on bass, Mark Ivester and Jason Lewis on drums, and Michaelle Goerlitz and Jeff Busch on percussion.

Now available at:

For Every Living Thing by Ed Johnson & Novo Tempo

Track listing:
1. Little Baião
2. No Stopping The Beat (New Day Rising)
3. For Every Living Thing
4. Coral Sea
5. Where Or When
6. Balancing
7. Out Of Time
8. Love As One
9. Lua Soberana
10. Meu Pais

Produced by Ed Johnson and Scott Sorkin
Cumulus Records CR 0107

Performances

Feb 3, 2024 • Gryphon Trio (Ed Johnson, Carol McComb, Jack Tuttle) and Kathy Kallick Band — 7:00pm.
505 East Charleston Rd, Palo Alto CA. Tickets and info at RBA.org

Dec 17, 2023 • Holiday Concert — Ed Johnson, Carol McComb, and the Gryphon Carolers, 6:00pm.
1715 Grant Rd, Los Altos CA. Tickets and info here!

Sep 17, 2023 • Album release concert — Ed Johnson & Novo Tempo, 4:00pm. Live performance and livestream! Tabard Theater, 29 N. San Pedro St. Suite 200, San Jose CA. Click here for tickets!

Mar 8, 2023 • Live & Aloud — Novo Tempo Trio. Presented by Friends of the Redwood City Public Library, hear a combination of Brazilian-inspired original songs and creative covers of some of some favorite Brazilian songwriters.

Take lessons with Ed on Zoom

Ed has been teaching private lessons in guitar and voice through Palo Alto’s Gryphon Stringed Instruments for 30 years. With his many years of experience, he brings knowledge of all aspects of guitar and vocal techniques that few can match, plus an affinity for students at any level of ability.

Questions? Email Ed or call 650-996-2155.

30-minute private lesson

$55


45-minute private lesson

$80


1-hour private lesson

$100


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RECORDINGS

FOR EVERY LIVING THING – Ed Johnson & novo tempo

Featuring mostly original compositions with the band’s trademark Brazilian-flavored sound, ten tracks explore themes of finding joy through hardship, caring for our planet, and how love transforms and sustains us all.

After getting off to a fast start in the winter of 2020, the album ended up taking over two-and-a-half years to complete, with the global pandemic bringing numerous challenges. Through it all, the band persevered, and the result is a stunning collection of songs and production, featuring stellar performances from all involved.


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THE OTHER ROAD – Ed Johnson & novo tempo

Original contemporary Brazilian-inspired songs and instrumentals from a high-powered octet.

​The Other Road is Ed’s fourth and latest solo release. Ed’s previous releases, 2004’s Movimento and 2002’s Over That Wave, received glowing reviews, national airplay, and made the Bubbling Under section of the Yellow Dog Jazz chart.

“I am strongly impressed with all the original tracks on this album, and excited to discover a player with such musical fire! “The Other Road” is a grand sonic adventure that gets our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating!”
–Dick Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj


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MOVIMENTO – Ed Johnson & novo tempo

Vibrant, original contemporary jazz with a Latin feel and a refreshing emphasis on vocal harmony and horn arrangements. Evocative of Brazilian pop, but unlike anything you’ve heard before.

​“Think early Return to Forever meets Jobim and Sergio Mendes.”
—San Jose Mercury News

​Movimento fully realizes the tight ensemble performance of Ed’s band NOVO TEMPO. Novo Tempo features John Worley, Kristen Strom, Scott Sorkin, Rene Worst, Mark Ivester, and Jeff Busch. Jennifer Scott teams with Ed for distinctive vocalese duets evocative of Tania Maria.


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OVER THAT WAVE – Ed Johnson

If you can imagine it, Ed has outdone himself with this recent work. It is sweet, complex, full of energy and love for the music.

“…a very hip combination full of vocal intensity and good musical chops.…His voice, like an American version of Ivan Lins, rises and soars along with his fellow singers Greg Scott, Kim Scanlon and Jennifer Scott to bring a real tour de force to several songs on the CD. There is a real joy and exuberance to these tunes that just can’t be denied. …Highly recommended.”
–Michael Handler
Jazzwest.com
April 5, 2002


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HOUSE OF DOORS – Ed Johnson

A masterpiece of Brazilian-inspired jazz and songwriting. Ed Johnson, with co-writer Mimi Hills, co-producer Rick Vandivier, engineer Gary Mankin, guest vocalists Lissy Abraham, Kathy Kallick, Nate Pruitt, Kim Scanlon, Linda Waterfall, and others, Ed creates a sound that is big, dynamic, stunningly beautiful, and full of discovery. House Of Doors combines the passion of Johnson’s vocal delivery with sophisticated, yet purely enjoyable, musical support.

“…a dynamic recording, showcasing some fine songwriting, singing, and instrumental work.”
–Dirty Linen


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Need great music for your upcoming event?

Ed has over thirty years experience playing at private parties, corporate events, weddings, and other functions. He can provide solo guitar or create a custom ensemble in whatever size you need. Whether you want jazz, classical, rock, country, oldies, or anything in between, Ed’s stellar musicianship will make your event memorable.

Email Ed or call 650-996-2155 or use the form at right.

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