"If Beethoven came back as Seal, we'd be his backup band."
Greg Johnson, Glass Brick Boulevard, Carlos Reyes
2/22/15 "Crystalline Thrilled" CD Release Party
Virtuoso violinist Carlos Reyes rejoined GBB as they returned home to The Fenix on the one year anniversary of the night that Greg Johnson on piano, Paul Hanson on bassoon, Rob Fordyce on bass, and Celso Alberti on drums invited Carlos to help scorch the stage in what became known as "a fairly epic throw down".
"Crystalline Thrilled" is the best of both worlds. A 7-song live recording with the all the fire and sparkle from that night with all the sensibility of a well-crafted studio release.
After the successful release of "best when lived" in 2008, Glass Brick Boulevard first stripped down as a lean piano trio.
In 2013 after a health related hiatus, Glass Brick Boulevard reformed with founder Greg Johnson-piano, Rob Fordyce-bass, bassoonist Paul Hanson and Celso Alberti-drums to create a one of a kind original contemporary jazz power quartet with a delicate touch that will make you dance and make you cry all in the same night.
Glass Brick Boulevard took flight with several sold-out shows at the new Fenix music and supper club in San Rafael, great nights at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, and is poised to reconnect with fans all around the Bay Area and beyond. A whole new generation awaits.
Founder Greg Johnson grew up in the midwest listening to Gospel, Motown and Beethoven. In the early seventies, bands like Yes, The Who, and Pink Floyd began shaping the road that with the inclusion of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Weather Report and others led to a compositional exploration that eventually began combining all of the influences.
Since 1989, Greg's musical journey has included more than 150 compositions, more than a thousand performances before more than 100,000 fans on two continents, many radio, TV and videos performances, more than 500 piano students, a dozen producer's credits of jazz, rock, pop, and folk rock recordings, and the score of a feature film-Character Killer.
Glass Brick Boulevard was created in 1991 (initially named Inner Act), and performed 150 straight Monday Nights at the 4th Street Tavern in San Rafael, CA., more than 100 appearances at The Sweetwater in Mill Valley, Ca., then moved throughout the bay area.