Gus Johnson (jazz musician)

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Gus Johnson
Birth name Gus Johnson
Born (1913-11-15)November 15, 1913
Tyler, Texas, U.S.
Died February 6, 2000(2000-02-06) (aged 86)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Genres Swing, Big band
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1922–1990

Gus Johnson (November 15, 1913 – February 6, 2000) was the drummer in various jazz bands, including that of Jay McShann[1] for many years. In the 1960s he played for saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and accompanied singer Ella Fitzgerald in her 1960 concert in Berlin. He is memorialized in the Medeski Martin & Wood song "Whatever Happened to Gus".


With Manny Albam

With Count Basie and the Kansas City 8

With Lawrence Brown

With Coleman Hawkins

With Willis Jackson

With Chico O'Farrill

With Ralph Sutton and Ruby Braff

With Ralph Sutton and Jay McShann

  • The Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players (Chiaroscuro, 1979)
  • The Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players (Chiaroscuro, 1989)

With Ralph Sutton and Kenny Davern

With Buck Clayton