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Howard William "Swan" Johnson (January 1, 1908 – December 28, 1991) was an American swing alto saxophonist. Although never a prominent figure in jazz, during a career which lasted from the 1930s to the 1980s he worked and recorded with many of the most famous jazz musicians of his time, including Benny Carter, Don Redman, Dizzy Gillespie, Bessie Smith, Teddy Hill, Chick Webb, and Panama Francis' Savoy Sultans.
He should not be confused with the post-bop tuba player, Howard Johnson.
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