Marc Johnson (musician)

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Marc Johnson
Birth name Marc Alan Johnson
Born (1953-10-21) October 21, 1953 (age 63)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Double bass
Labels Verve, ECM, JMT, Milestone, Blue Note, Concord
Associated acts Bill Evans, Bass Desires, Right Brain Patrol, Eliane Elias, Enrico Pieranunzi

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 credits since then include albums 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-1980s. He also recorded two albums of his 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 Eliane Elias on piano, Joe Lovano on tenor saxophone, John Scofield on guitar and Joey Baron on drums.[1]




Within Bass Desires
Within Right Brain Patrol
With Eliane Elias


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)
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)
  • 1992: The Dream Before Us (Ida), as duo
  • 1994: Untold Story (Ida), trio including Paul Motian
  • 2000: Racconti 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 (CAM Jazz)
  • 2008: Yellow & Blue Suites (Challenge), as duo
  • 2008: As Never Before (Cam Jazz)
  • 2009: Dream Dance (Cam Jazz)
  • 2013: Live at the Village Vanguard (Cam 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
  • 1993: Fictionary (Geffen), trio with Jack DeJohnette
With Pat Martino
With Martial Solal
  • 1994: Triangle (JMS), including with Peter Erskine
With Ralph Towner
With Dino Saluzzi
  • 1996: Cité de la musique (ECM)
With Ara Dinkjian, Armen Donelian & Arto Tuncboyaciyan
  • 1997: Night Ark (EmArcy)
With Eliane Elias
With John Taylor
  • 2003: Rosslyn (ECM), trio with Joey Baron
With Wolfgang Muthspiel
  • 2004: Air, Love & Vitamins (Quinton), 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. 

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