Marc Johnson (musician)

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Marc Johnson
Birth name Marc Alan Johnson
Born (1953-10-21) October 21, 1953 (age 62)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Upright bass
Labels ECM
Associated acts Right Brain Patrol
Bass Desires
Bill Evans Trio

Marc Alan Johnson (born October 21, 1953 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American jazz bass player, composer and band leader, married to the Brazilian jazz singer and pianist Eliane Elias. Johnson was born in Nebraska, but grew up in Texas.[1]


At the age of 19, Johnson was working professionally with the Fort Worth Symphony, and while at the University of North Texas, he played in the One O'Clock Lab Band and was also the principal bassist in the NTSU Symphony.

In 1978, Johnson joined legendary pianist Bill Evans' in what would be Evans's last trio. Johnson toured and recorded with Evans until the death of the pianist in 1980.[1] In 2007 he released the tribute album Something For You—a tribute to Evans—together with his wife Eliane Elias.[2]

His many recording credits since then include discs with Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Eliane Elias, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Baron, Philly Joe Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Paul Motian and many others. He has also appeared as a leader of his own bands, starting with Bass Desires, a quartet that featured Bill Frisell and John Scofield on electric guitar, with Peter Erskine on drums, which gained international recognition following two ECM recordings in the mid-eighties. He also recorded two CDs of his own group 'Right Brain Patrol' for JMT Records, followed by his Sound of Summer Running release on Verve. His ECM release Shades of Jade was featured in Time's October 17, 2005 issue "5 CDs that Really Swing", as one of the five top jazz releases of the season. It was selected by the Chicago Tribune as one of the 10 best jazz recordings of 2005 and also received the "Danish Music Award" for Best Foreign Release in 2005. It features his wife, pianist and composer Eliane Elias, Joe Lovano, on tenor saxophone, John Scofield on guitar and Joey Baron on drums.[1]

Marc Johnson has a new recording Swept Away, featuring Eliane Elias, Joe Lovano and Joey Baron released in 2012 on ECM Records.[3]

Discography (in selection)[edit]

As band leader[edit]

Solo projects
Duo albums
Within Bass Desires quartet including Bill Frisell, John Scofield & Peter Erskine
Within 'Right Brain Patrol'
With Eliane Elias

Collaborative works[edit]

With Woody Herman
With Bill Evans
With Stan Getz
With Charles Lloyd
With Jimmy Gourley & Philippe Combelle
  • 1983: The Jazz Trio
With John Abercrombie
With Jean-Pierre Fouquey & Peter Erskine
  • 1986: Railroad (Cryonic Inc.)
With Roseanna Vitro
With Enrico Pieranunzi
  • 1987: Deep Down (Soul Note), trio including Joey Baron
  • 1990: No Man’s Land (Soul Note), as 'Enrico Pieranunzi Trio' including Steve Houghton
  • 1990: Yellow and Blue Suites (Challenge, 2008 veröff.)
  • 1992: The Dream Before Us (Ida Records), as duo
  • 1994: Untold Story (Ida Records), trio including Paul Motian
  • 2000: Raconti mediterranei (EGEA), trio including Gabriele Mirabassi
  • 2003: Trasnoche (EGEA), as duo
  • 2004: Les amants (EGEA), as 'Enrico Pieranunzi & String Quartet' feat. Marc Johnson & Rosario Giuliani
  • 2006: Ballads (CamJazz)
  • 2008: Yellow & Blue Suites (Challenge Records), as duo
  • 2008: As Never Before (CamJazz)
  • 2009: Dream Dance (CamJazz)
  • 2013: Live At The Village Vanguard (C.A.M. Jazz), trio including Paul Motian
With Paul Bley
With Gary Burton
With Joe Lovano
With Paul Motian
With Bob Mintzer
  • 1991: Hymn (OWL)
With Lyle Mays
With Pat Martino
With Martial Solal
With Ralph Towner
With Dino Saluzzi
  • 1996: Cité de la musique (ECM)
With Ara Dinkjian, Armen Donelian & Arto Tuncboyaciyan
With Eliane Elias
With John Taylor
With Wolfgang Muthspiel
  • 2004: Air, Love & Vitamins (Quinton Records), trio including Brian Blade

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Marc Johnson Biography". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  2. ^ a b Prasad, Anil (2008). "Marc Johnson: Underpinning genius". Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  3. ^ Kelman, John (2012-09-26). "Marc Johnson / Eliane Elias: Swept Away (2012) Track Review". Retrieved 2012-11-15. 

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