Randy Johnston

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Randy Johnston
Born (1956-12-05) 5 December 1956 (age 61)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels Muse, J Curve, HighNote
Website randyjohnston.net

Randy Johnston (born 5 December 1956, Detroit, Michigan) is an American jazz guitarist.

Johnston moved to Richmond, Virginia, at age thirteen and played rock music as a teenager. He studied at the University of Miami late in the 1970s, occasionally involved in jam sessions at a Unitarian Church with Ira Sullivan. In 1981 he moved to New York City and spent the rest of the decade working as a sideman. During these years, he accompanied Etta Jones and Houston Person.[1]

In 1991 he signed with Muse Records; his first two albums were produced by Person and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder. He has recorded steadily as a leader since then and has also played as a sideman on albums with Lionel Hampton, Lou Donaldson, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco.[1]


  • Walk On (Muse, 1991)
  • Jubilation (Muse, 1992)
  • In-a-Chord (Muse, 1994)
  • Somewhere in the Night (HighNote, 1997)
  • Riding the Curve (J Curve, 1998)
  • Homage (J Curve, 2000)
  • Detour Ahead (HighNote, 2001)
  • Hit & Run (HighNote, 2002)
  • Is it You? (HighNote, 2005)
  • People Music (Random Act, 2011)

With Etta Jones

With Houston Person


  1. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Randy Johnston". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 

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