Henry Johnson (guitarist)

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Henry Johnson
Born (1954-01-28) January 28, 1954 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsGuitar
LabelsMCA
Websitewww.henryjohnsonjazz.com

Henry Johnson (born January 28, 1954) is an American jazz guitarist from Chicago.

Career[edit]

Johnson was born in Chicago on January 28, 1954, and grew up in Memphis.[1] He started playing the guitar at the age of 12, teaching himself.[1] He played various styles of music until hearing Wes Montgomery ignited an interest in jazz.[1] He entered Indiana University in 1973.[2]

Johnson has worked with Hank Crawford, Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Norman Simmons, Jimmy Smith, Sonny Stitt, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Williams, and Nancy Wilson.[2] He has led his own bands since 1982.[1]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Feel It (Blue Sand, 1980)
  • Future Excursions (MCA Impulse!, 1986)
  • You're the One (MCA Impulse!, 1986)
  • Never Too Much (MCA, 1990)
  • New Beginnings (Heads Up, 1993)
  • Missing You (Heads Up, 1994)
  • Organic (A440 Music, 2003)

As sideman[edit]

With Ramsey Lewis

  • Three Piece Suite (Columbia, 1981)
  • Live at the Savoy (Columbia, 1982)
  • Ivory Pyramid (GRP, 1992)
  • Dance of the Soul (GRP, 1998)
  • Simple Pleasures (Narada, 2003)
  • Taking Another Look (Ramsey's House, 2011)

With Norman Simmons

  • The Heat and the Sweet (Milljac, 1997)
  • The Art of Norman Simmons (Savant, 2000)
  • Synthesis (Savant, 2002)

With Joe Williams

  • Every Night Live at Vine St. (Verve, 1987)
  • In Good Company (Verve, 1989)
  • Ballad and Blues Master (Jazz Heritage Society, 1995)

With others

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kennedy, Gary W. (2003), Johnson, Henry, Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J605900
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.

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