Dick Johnson (clarinetist)

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Dick Johnson
Birth nameRichard Brown Johnson
Born(1925-12-01)December 1, 1925
Brockton, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 10, 2010(2010-01-10) (aged 84)
Boston, Massachusetts
GenresFree jazz
Occupation(s)Jazz musician
InstrumentsClarinet, alto saxophone, flute

Richard Brown Johnson (December 1, 1925 – January 10, 2010[1]) was an American big band clarinetist, best known for his work with the Artie Shaw Band.[1] From 1983 until his death he was the leader of the Artie Shaw Orchestra.

Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, he also played the alto saxophone and flute. Johnson worked with Frank Sinatra, the Swing Shift Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett.[1]

Johnson died in Boston, Massachusetts after a short illness, aged 84.[2]


  • 1956: Music for Swinging Moderns (EmArcy)
  • 1957: Most Likely (Riverside) with Dave McKenna, Wilbur Ware, Philly Joe Jones[3]
  • 1957: At Newport (Verve) with Eddie Costa
  • 1979: Dick Johnson Plays Alto Sax & Flute & Soprano Sax & Clarinet (Concord) with Dave McKenna, Bob Maize, Jake Hanna
  • 1980: Live at Bovi's (Argonne) with Duke Belaire Jazz Orchestra[4]
  • 1980: Spider's Blues (Concord) with Dave McKenna
  • 1981: Swing Shift (Concord)
  • 1982: Everybody Eats When They Come to My House (Soap) with Razmataz
  • 2004: Artie's Choice! and the Naturals
  • 2006: Star Dust & Beyond: A Tribute to Artie Shaw


  1. ^ a b c "The Dead Rock Stars Club January to June 2010". Thedeadrockstarsclub.com. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Kyle Alspach, Brockton jazz great Dick Johnson dies at 84 The Enterprise. Retrieved on January 12, 2010.
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ "Duke Belaire/Bovi's Tavern Big Bands". Ripopmusic.org. Retrieved January 26, 2020.