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Joe Johnson


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Joe started on the road that would lead him to jazz distinction at an early age in Memphis,Tn where he played in his high schools music program and his family’s church choir. Raised on R&B, Gospel Music and Memphis Blues , Johnson attributes his high school band director Emerson Able, for steering him in the right musical direction. “Mr. Able made sure that I was well prepared musically to face the world and never let me suffer from any delusions of grandeur”. Joe’s early musical influences were Charlie Parker , Hank Crawford, David Sanborn, Grover Washington, and Kirk Whalum. After receiving a music scholarship and attending Tennessee State University, he soon realized that some of the “world’s best music was being made right at his doorsteps.” There was no reason to leave Nashville because everyone was coming here to record,” says Joe.

Johnson’s mastery of the saxophone continued to evolve in Nashville where he worked as a studio session player during the day and at night played R&B and smooth jazz in some of the U.S.A.’s must illustrious nightspots. Even though Johnson is only in his mid thirties he has amassed an extremely impressive resume and list of musical accomplishments that combine both commercial and jingle work with recording sessions and live concert dates. Joe has played on more than 400 commercial and jingle dates working for major clients such as Target, Ford Motor Company, Budwiser Beers, Taco Bell, Coke, and Mattel Toys just to name a few.


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  • SolFlowa

    Joe Johnson....Wow. Wonder where he's been hiding or what it is that I have been doing that I am just finding out about him? Wonderful Music 9especially on a rainy day like today)!

    26 Mar 2009 Reply