Died yesterday at age 79. Led his own bands and played with Mingus, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Jack DeJohnette, Jaco Pastorius . . . the list goes on. Also led the SNL band and backed up Taj Mahal, The Band, and even John Lennon (Walls and Bridges).
Howard Johnson, an American jazz musician known for his mastery of tuba and baritone saxophone, has died at age 79. NPR remembers his life and legacy.