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Featured Artistes in the production – Bona Bonanza!

Richard Bona Featured Singer and Bassist

2012Weintrob421There aren’t many musical artists who inhabit both the past and the future as fully as Richard Bona. There aren’t many people who’ve made themselves at home in so many different places. He’s lived in skyscrapers and chateaus and huts. He’s performed in Paris, Mumbai, and Sydney. He’s run for his life with a panther at his heels. He knows how to operate ProTools through an SSL console and how to trap an animal.

Richard Bona sings mostly in his native Douala, but the vulnerability of his plaintive sound is unmistakable across barriers of language. His bass solos are wildly inventive, fervently imitated and transcribed by young musicians all over the world. His tunes combine African polyrhythms, harmonic virtuosity, and a pop songwriter’s gift for memorable, accessible melodies. His arrangements are almost symphonic, hypnotizing us with the unexpected colors of voices and instruments. For Richard Bona, being a musician is a responsibility he’s trained for all his life, a lineage he was born to fulfill.

Richard Bona was born in the Cameroonian village of Minta. When the infant Bona came down with malaria, his family discovered that only the sound of the balafon could soothe him. When he recovered, his grandfather, the village griot, showed him how to build his own instrument. He played for hours every day, and by the age of five he was performing regularly. He could play any instrument he heard: flute, hand percussion, drums. When Bona was 11 his family moved to the big city of Douala, and Bona fell in love with the sound of the guitar. He built himself a 12-string, using bicycle brake cable for strings. Soon he was playing in local bikutsi and makossa bands. Then fate intervened when a French jazz club opened at a local hotel. The patron of the establishment sought out the talented kid he’d heard about and asked him to put together a band. Bona knew nothing about jazz at the time, but he needed the gig. Fortunately, the club owner had over 500 records. Bona spent his days listening and his nights trying out what he had learned. One of the first things he heard was the 1976 album Jaco Pastorius, and it changed his life forever.

A decade later Bona would be hired to fill the legendary bass player’s shoes in Joe Zawinul’s band. Throughout the 1990s Richard Bona’s musicianship and virtuosity became urban legend in Paris and New York. Bona played with Afropop stars Manu Dibango and Salif Keita. He toured and recorded with Pat Metheny, Joe Zawinul, Didier Lockwood, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Chaka Khan, Jacques Higelin, Shankar Mahadevan, Tito Puente, Chucho Valdès, Mike Stern, Larry Coryell, David Sanborn, Kenny Garrett, Joe Sample, Harry Connick Jr., Raul Midon, Billy Cobham, Queen Latifah, Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, and Sadao Watanabe. He released seven albums — Scenes From My Life (Columbia, 1999), Kaze Ga Kureta Melody (Sony, 2000), Reverence (Columbia Europe, 2001), Munia: The Tale (Verve 2003), Kiki (Decca, 2006), Bona Makes You Sweat (Decca, 2010), and The Ten Shades of Blues (Decca, 2010) – establishing himself as a singer-songwriter with a singular voice. His Afro-Caribbean project Toto Bona Lokua (w/Gerald Toto and Kanza Lokua, Sunnyside, 2005) and his Afro-Cuban project Mandekan Cubano weave together disparate roots, alchemizing ancient traditions into surprising new forms.

Richard Bona is following in his grandfather’s footsteps, the griot for our sprawling global village. In basement clubs and festival tents and grand concert halls, we gather to celebrate, dance and sing. Richard Bona’s music propels us forward.

Richard Bona’s latest album, “Bonafied,” was released in February 2013.

CHAARTS Chamber Orchestra

Chaarts def The CHAMBER AARTISTS (CHAARTS) was founded in the beginning of 2010. With excellent chamber musicians from Switzerland and other international origins, CHAARTS forms a body of new sound in the Art World – renowned musicians such as Martha Argerich, Vilde, Emma Kirkby and Christopher Pre?gardien have worked with CHAARTS. The weighting of chamber music from solo to nonet as an integral part, alongside works for soloists with orchestra and music for chamber orchestra is unique in all CHAARTS concerts. Depending on the era, works are guided by the concert masters or partners.

CHAARTS had partnered with Inter Alia, Vilde Vrang, Maurice Steger, Esther Hoppe, Nuria Rial, Giora Feidman, Maximilian Hornung, Fazil Say thus far since 2013.

CHAARTS musicians are known to be spontaneous in that they are able to collectively express themselves from an artistic perspective through mutual exchanges of creative impulses. They always allow their partners to be the protagonists in the chamber music works. Each of the CHAARTS musicians is individually highly qualified to function with responsibility at any key positions.

CHAARTS organizes performances in 4 cycles per season in Switzerland and southern Germany with a total of 16 concerts. For this purpose, it does special concerts at festivals and undertakes smaller tours.

As a musical ensemble CHAARTS acts are seen at the annual opera production of Free Opera Company in Zurich. ( soloists) .

Etienne Stadwijk Keyboardist

at Cohen 2 Etienne Stadwijk was born in The Netherlands where he was exposed to music at a very early age. When he was in his early teens his family relocated to Suriname in South America, where both his parents were born. He quickly established himself as one of the premiere keyboard players on the scene, and with his broad interest in styles, work was never in short supply. At age 20 he went to Boston to go study music at the prestigious Berklee Music College. His major was contemporary arranging.
After a few successful years in Boston he moved to New York, which has been his home since then. He divides his time between recording/producing and performing live, and has had the privilege to have worked with such greats as Kenny Garrett, Richard Bona, Harry Belafonte, Maxwell, Patty Labelle, Paul Simon, and Marcus Miller, to name a few.

Ludwig Afonso Drummer

Ludwig Afonso Ludwig Afonso was born January 21, 1978 in Havana, Cuba and came to Miami, Florida in 1980. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance from the University of Miami in May 2002. As a student of the University of Miami, Ludwig was given the chance to play in the school’s top ensembles, performing with Maria Schneider, Tony Mendoza, and Bob Berg. While in Miami, Ludwig also performed with such artists as jazz legend Ira Sullivan, Latin Grammy-winner Nestor Torres, Sammy Figueroa, and Othello Mollineux.
Ludwig moved to New York in 2003. Shortly after arriving, Ludwig began performing and touring with Spyro Gyra. He appeared on their Grammy-nominated CD Wrapped in a Dream, as well as the Grammy-nominated recordings The Magician by Sammy Figueroa, and Hector Martignon’s Second Chance. Ludwig has also performed with Giovanni Hidalgo, Joshua Redman, John Benitez, Dave Valentin, Pedrito Martinez, The Rodriguez Brothers, Manuel Valera, Mark Murphy, Juan Carlos Formel, and has recorded with Deana Martin.
Ludwig has conducted clinics and workshops at the University of Miami and the Escuela de Musica y Audio Fernando Sor in Bogota, Colombia.
Ludwig is currently working with various artists in the New York area including Martin Bejerano, Yosvanny Terry, Samuel Torres, and Grammy-nominated Sony recording artist Eldar Djangirov.


Music Arrangers for Jazzaar 2014 Productions

Gil Goldstein

Gil Goldstein : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar FestivalGil Goldstein(born 1950) is American jazz pianist and synthesizer player who started on the accordion.
He began studying accordion at age 5, but later moved on to cello and piano. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and by 1973 was working with Pat Martino,Lee Konitz, and others. He started with the Gil Evans Orchestra in the early 1980s and also worked with Wayne Shorter. He has also worked in films including De-Lovely, where he performed “I Love Paris” and coached Kevin Kline, and in Little Buddha as an arranger.
He resumed doing occasional accordion work in the 1980s. The most notable of his accordion efforts in the 1980s might be when accompanying Michel Petruccianiand on his own. As an accordionist he toured with Richard Galliano in 2000, but also played piano on the tour.
During the 1980s and 90s he was a member of the group Elements. Goldstein has also composed music for films including the 1994 film Radio Inside. 1999’s Simply Irresistible called for rousing big-band ballroom music which goes from source music to programmatic during the climactic dance scenes.

In 2007 he co-released an album Your Songs: The Music of Elton John on ObliqSound with legends Steve Swallow, Paul Motian, and well known Italian saxophonist Pietro Tonolo. The quartet performed jazz arrangements of some of Elton John’s most popular songs.

Goldstein is currently a professor at New York University.

He has won five Grammy Awards, two of which came from his production and arrangement credits for Michael Brecker’s Wide Angles. His latest was in January 2014 for ‘Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals’ for Bobby McFerrin’s latest album ‘Spirityouall’

Goldstein contributed the entire arrangements for the Bona Bonanza production this year and partly for the Future Steps too.

Jamshied Sharifi

IMG_1378 After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in humanities, Sharifi went on to further his musical education at Berklee College of Music in Boston. At Berklee, he studied Jazz Piano and Composition as well as Film Scoring, and in 1983, he received the Outstanding Jazz Pianist award at the Collegiate Jazz Festival held at the University of Notre Dame. Sharifi began to focus his attention on film soundtracks. His foray into the world of film and television began as a keyboardist and orchestrator for Michael Gibbs. Together they scored three feature films and fifteen one hour television shows. Sharifi went on to compose the soundtracks to many major studio and independent films including Muppets From Space, Down To Earth, Nickelodeon film Harriet the Spy and the Paramount/Nickelodeon film Clockstoppers, and contributed to the scores of The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Rugrats Movie And while Sharifi’s initial focus in music can be credited to American jazz, it is his infusions of elements from the Middle East and Africa that make his music distinctive.

Sharifi contributed arrangements for the Future Steps production.

Bob Freedman

Bob Freedman : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival Having Bob Freedman on the Team is truly an Honor for Jazzaar Festival. Bob is a composer, songwriter, conductor, saxophonist and arranger. After his high school education, he became a saxophonist in the dance orchestras of Serge Chaloff, Vido Musso, Woody Herman, Herb Pomeroy and Maynard Ferguson. He joined ASCAP in 1958, and his popular-song compositions include “And We Listened”. Throughout his life Bob worked for Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Wynton Marsalis, Grover Washington, Miles Davis, Arther Blythe, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Herbie Mann, Michael Brecker, Billy Joel, Renee Rosnes, Dianne Reeves, won a Grammy together with Quincy Jones for The Wiz and conducted hundreds of Productions around the Globe. He also taught at the Berklee School of Music and was the chairman of their Arranging department until his retirement while being the music director at a Boston recording studio. In 2010 Bob wrote the arrangements and directed the recording sessions for this truly GREAT Big Band led by master bassist Ron Carter. It was released on Sunnyside Records on Sept 13, 2011 and worldwide in November 2011. The Japanese release (March 2011) is on EMI-Toshiba. Visit for more information and audio clips.

Bob Freedman contributed arrangements for the Future Steps production.

Corey Allen

CA 1 copy Corey’s professional background covers the entire range of the music business. Corey’s vocal and orchestra arrangements can be heard on recordings by The Manhattan Transfer with the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel and with the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Corey himself! He has arranged for “New Age” pioneer Suzanne Ciani, television star David Hasselhoff, vocalists Erin Boehm, Kevin Mahogany, American Idol’s sentimental favorite, Sherman Pore, the Japanese vocal group “Suite Voice” and “Spain”, the centerpiece of the latest Manhattan Transfer recording – “The Chick Corea Songbook”.

Corey Allen contributed arrangements for the Future Steps production.


Featured Artistes in the production – Future Steps

Fritz Renold Musical Director

Fritz Renold : Artists 2012 | Jazzaar Festival In 1984, a 24 year old Renold received the Quincy Jones Full Scholarship Award at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where he achieved his B.A in Jazz Performance in 1987 and was voted into the college’s faculty immediately. Since 1997, ‘Fritz Renold and the Bostonian Friends’ have been signed to the label SONY – BMG Music – Columbia Records in New York. With ca. 500 compositions, premiers and several Grammy pre-nomination recordings to his name, the composer, saxophonist and arranger from Aargau belongs to one of the few music entrepreneurs in Switzerland.
He is a founder of this Bandstand Learning with Role Models program at Jazzaar Festival that is now 22 years in operation.

Mike Mainieri featured vibraphonist

YPM_0307 Mike Mainieri’s career in itself is remarkable in that it spans six decades. Mike’s first professional performance took place in 1952 when he and his trio became regular guests on the Paul Whiteman TV & Radio show. At the age of 20, he won Downbeat’s International Jazz Critic’s new Star Award and has since been voted as one of the top 10 vibraphonists in Downbeat’s Readers’ Poll for 52 consecutive years

During the ‘50s and early ‘60s, & 70’s he performed with such legendary artists as Buddy Rich, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Shavers, Paul Chambers, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Elvin Jones, , Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Joe Lovano, Toots Theilsman and Randy Brecker.
In 1962, he joined the groundbreaking jazz/rock group Jeremy & the Satyrs led by flutist Jeremy Steig. The Satyrs appeared at New York’s Club A-GoGo, and performed with such monumental figures as Frank Zappa, Richie Havens and Jimi Hendrix. During the late ‘60s, a small circle of New York City musicians and singers grew into what became known as the White Elephant Orchestra, a 20-piece experimental ensemble. The group featured such soloists Michael Brecker, Ronny Cuber, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff and Randy Brecker.

In the late 70s, Mike founded the pioneering jazz/fusion group Steps Ahead, which included previous cohorts Michael Brecker, Eddie Gomez, Steve Gadd and Don Grolnick. Delving into contemporary sounds while maintaining experimental sounds and compositional integrity, Steps Ahead was and is a launching pad for young talent and new musical ideas.
Steps ‘alumni’ include appearances by such notable artists as:
Saxophonists: Michael Brecker, Bendik Hofseth, Rick Margitza, Donny McCaslin, Bob Mintzer, Bob Berg, Bill Evans.
Pianists: Don Grolnick, Warren Bernhardt, Eliane Elias, Kenny Kirkland, Rachel Z, George Whitty, Mitch Forman, Robbie Kilgore, George Whitty, Dave Kikoski, Joey Calderazzo, Adam Holtzman & Michael Caine.
Guitarists: Mike Stern, Steve Khan, Chuck Loeb, Hiram Bullock, Dean Brown, Paul Jackson, Wayne Krantz, Jimi Tunnell and Bryan Baker.
Bassists: Eddie Gomez, Tom Kennedy,Victor Bailey, Daryl Jones, Tony Levin, Jeff Andrews, James Genus, Baron Browne, Richie Goods, Marc Johnson, Ed Howard, Larry Grenadier, Scott Colley, Richard Bona, Etienne Mbappe.
Drummers: Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, Rodney Holmes, Billy Kilson, Clarance Penn, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Ben Perosky and Kim Thomson
Trumpeters: . Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans, Til Bronner.
Vocalists: Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Richard Bona

As a composer, arranger, producer and performer, Mike has contributed to over 100 gold and platinum albums. An active participant in the rock and pop scenes, Mike produced and co-wrote three albums with Carly Simon, and recorded with Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Janis Ian, James Taylor, Dire Straits, Bonnie Raitt, George Benson, and on Don McClean’s classic album: American Pie.

In 1991, Mike brought to bear his vast experience with the creation of his own Jazz label NYC Records ( The independent label is a vehicle for exposing new and established artists such as vocalist Luciana Souza, pianist Rachel Z, alto saxophonist Myron Walden and legendary tenor saxophonist, George Garzone. Mike is still active touring worldwide with his group Steps Ahead, and performing at workshops worldwide and appearances of various recording projects.

Steps Ahead celebrates it’s 35 anniversary in 2014 and a World Tour is planned for this coming year.

Randy Brecker Featured Trumpeter

Randy in Poland'12 Born in 1945 in Philadelphia to a musical family, Randy’s musical talent was nurtured from an early age. He attended Indiana University from 1963-66 and later moved to New York where he landed gigs with such prominent Jazz bands as Clark Terry’s Big Band. Randy also began his foray into jazz-rock by joining Blood, Sweat and Tears. Randy left BS&T to join the Horace Silver Quintet. In 1968, Randy recorded his first album,’Score’, featuring a young, then unknown 19 year-old tenor saxophonist named Michael Brecker.
In the early 1970s, Randy played with many prominent artists such as Larry Coryell, Stevie Wonder and Billy Cobham. By 1975, Randy and Michael were ready to front their own band, the Brecker Brothers. The band was to become a band of immeasurable influence and impact. They went on to record a total of six albums and garner seven Grammy nominations between 1975 and 1981.
In 1992, exactly ten years after they disbanded, Randy and Michael joined forces again featuring a world tour and the triple-Grammy nominated GRP recording, ‘The Return of the Brecker Brothers’. In the fall of 1994, the Brecker Brothers released the double-Grammy winning ‘Out of the Loop’.
Randy released his CD for ESC, ’34th n’ Lex,’ in 2003 and this CD also brought him his third Grammy for ‘Best Contemporary Jazz Album.’
In 2007 he was awarded his fourth Grammy for “Randy Brecker Live with the WDR Big Band”. In the same year, tragically, his brother Michael passed away on Jan 13th.
Randy’s CD, ‘Randy in Brazil,’ was recorded in Sao Paulo with a full complement of great Brazilian musicians and released in 2008 and the CD won the Grammy for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album,” bringing Randy’s Grammy total to five.
His newest release Randy Brecker with the Danish Radio Big Band+ strings ‘the Jazz Ballad Songbook’ garnered 4 Grammy nominations.
His newest projects will be released in the near future on Half Note Records and include a Brecker Bros Band Reunion live DVD at the NY Blue Note+ Studio CD featuring all ex-members of the band-all new tunes. Also Randy POP! Hit tunes he played on as re-imagined by Kenny Werner recorded live at the Blue Note NY
As a composer, performer and in-demand Yamaha clinician, Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world. He feels like he is just starting out!

Kevin Bryan Lead Trumpeter

Kevin Yamaha headshot Kevin Bryan has established himself as one of the most versatile musicians on the scene today. Known for his powerful lead playing as well as his plunger mute artistry, Kevin has played lead trumpet for the legendary Harry Connick, Jr., the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Bobby Sanabria’s Grammy nominated big band as well as the Mambo Legends Orchestra. He has performed with a wide variety of artists including Tito Puente, Levon Helm, Clark Terry, David Murray, Celia Cruz, Brian McKnight, Macy Gray, Paquito D’Rivera, k.d. lang, Dame Cleo Laine, The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Dave Douglas, The Machito Orchestra, James Moody, Fantasia, The Temptations, Bebo Valdes, Patti Austin, Frankie Valli, and in the orchestras of many Broadway shows. Kevin is a Yamaha artist.

Markus Hauser Alto Saxophone soloist

indian_night_2010_artist3 Upon leaving Berklee College of Music, Markus, a Yamaha Saxophone endorser and award winner from several cultural institutions went on to work with jazz greats like Clark Terry, Billy Cobham, Adam Nussbaum, Mark Soskin, Harie Swartz, Terry Lynn Carrington, Seven and many more. Markus Hauser remains one of the few Swiss musicians that indeed make a living out of music without relying on a teaching position. This native of Glarus is also a specialist is building extraordinary quality saxophone mouthpieces. Together with his brother, he had developed their latest model – the Kenny Garret Mouthpiece, which is renowned to be the world’s best Saxophone mouthpiece to date.

Christian Kramer bass trombonist

CKJA2014 Kramer was born in Innsbruck (A ) and currently lives in Konstanz. His first music lessons were at the Conservatory Innsbruck. He studied classical music and jazz at the university of arts. His postgraduate studies and “Early Music” on historic trombones were at the State Academy of Music in Trossingen. He took Master classes and workshop concerts with Peter Herbolzheimer, Erik van Lier, Phil Wilson, Mel Lewis, Americo Bellotto, Sheila Jordan, Sal Nistico, Kenny Wheeler, Carl Drewo, Steve Good, Graham Collier, Ron McClure, Chuck Israels, Ack van Royen, Al Porcine and Dusko Goykovich.
Later concerts, tours and studio work involved all areas of musical styles such as in professional symphony orchestras, big bands, wind ensembles, baroque orchestras/ensembles for early music as well as in numerous theater productions (Trombone/Bass Trombone, Euphonium/Tuba). Kramer has performed with Adrian Mears, Bobby Burgess, Erich Kleinschuster, Lars Lindvall, Bernd Konrad, Paul Kuhn, Jiggs Whigham, Herbert Joos, Rüdiger Baldauf, Montreux Jazz Festival, March Music Festival Berlin, etc.
Kramer is also an avid music teacher. Since 1990, he’s been teaching Trombone/Euphonium/Tuba in the Lake of Constance area. Many of his students went on to become prize winners at all levels in “Youth Musicians” and competitions in the jazz field, many of whom are now working as professional musicians in the ??classical and jazz music genres.
Since 2000 he’s a regular lecturer for trombone at the Jazz Orchestra of Baden-Wurttemberg and the Summer Jazz Academy of Constance besides being a juror at the “Youth Musicians” and similar competitions in D/A/CH .

Christian Jacob – Pianist

Christian Jacob’s versatility as a pianist, composer and arranger has always been a fascinating wonder at ‘jazzaar concerts’. He has been a valuable resource of talent and skills for the Jazzaar projects since 1991. Together with Fritz Renold he had written several major works, one of them is the ‘Helvetic Suite’ that was premiered at the 200th anniversary of the Swiss Constitution. The other joint collaboration was the writing of ‘The Sixth Cycle’, a Swiss national birthday gift for the King of Thailand in 1999 that was premiered in Bangkok that year. Living in Los Angeles he also works with Bill Holman and Carl Saunders Big Bands. Jacob is also revered as a pianist for renowned vocalists such as Flora Purim and Tierney Sutton.

It was in the mid 1990’s that Christian teamed up with vocalist Tierney Sutton, drummer Ray Brinker and bassist Trey Henry to record their first CD together, “Introducing Tierney Sutton”. The band became known for its sophisticated, refreshing arrangements, and the obvious musical joy they felt when playing together. As co-leaders, they developed into a tightly knit group that recorded eight critically acclaimed CDs. “Unsung Heroes”, “Blue in Green”, “Something Cool”, “Dancing in the Dark”, “I’m With The Band”, “On the Other Side”, “Desire” and “American Road”. The latter four were each nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2012 Christian and the Tierney Sutton Band received two Grammy nominations for “American Road” Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist.

In the midst of his success with the Tierney Sutton Band, Christian released his third trio CD, this time on his own independent label WilderJazz. The 2004 release, “Styne & Mine”, is a tribute to the music of Jule Styne, and reached #3 in the jazz radio charts. The success of “Styne & Mine” motivated Christian to record “Contradictions” in 2006. The CD pays homage and offers another look at the original compositions of renowned pianist Michel Petrucciani.

Due to these recordings Christian was asked to tour and record in Japan. The resulting CD “Live in Japan” was released in November 2008.

Alphonso Johnson Bassist

Alphonso Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Johnson started off as an upright bass player, but switched to the electric bass in his late teens. Beginning his career in the early 1970s, Johnson showed innovation and fluidity on the electric bass. He sessioned with a few jazz musicians before landing a job with Weather Report, taking over for co-founding memberMiroslav Vitous. His playing was featured on the Weather Report album Mysterious Traveller (1974), on the songs “Cucumber Slumber” and “Scarlet Woman”. Johnson appeared on two more albums Tale Spinnin’ (1975) and Black Market (1976) for Weather Report before he left the band to work with drummer Billy Cobham. During 1976-77 he recorded three solo albums as a band leader, for the Epic label, in a fusion-funk vein.
Johnson was one of the first musicians to introduce the Chapman Stick to the public. His knowledge of the instrument nearly landed him a lucrative job with Genesisas the replacement for guitarist Steve Hackett, who had quit Genesis in 1977. Being more of a bassist than a guitarist, Johnson instead recommended his friend ex-Sweetbottom guitarist and fellow session musician Daryl Stuermer, who would go on to remain a member of Genesis’s touring band until 1993 on the We Can’t Dance tour, and then the 2007 reunion tour.
Johnson was one of two bass players on Phil Collins’s first solo album, Face Value, in 1981.
In early 1982, Johnson joined Grateful Dead member Bob Weir’s side project Bobby and the Midnites. He would reunite with Weir in 2000, playing bass in place of Phil Lesh on tour with The Other Ones. He has also performed fusion versions of Grateful Dead songs alongside Billy Cobham in the band Jazz Is Dead.
In 1983, he performed on the hit title track from Jeffrey Osborne’s Stay with Me Tonight album. He then played in the Latin/rock band Santana in 1985-1989.
In 1996, Johnson played bass on tracks Dance on a Volcano and Fountain of Salmacis on Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisited album.
Later in 1996, Johnson toured Europe and Japan with composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist James Beard, drummer Rodney Holmes, and guitarist David Gilmore.
Since the fall of 2011 he has been working toward a music education degree at the Department of Music at California State University, Northridge. He has an extensive experience as a bass teacher and has conducted bass seminars and clinics in Germany, England, France, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil and Argentina.

Rodney Holmes Drummer

Holmes Drummer, composer, producer, RODNEY HOLMES is considered by many musicians as well as music fans to be one of the very best drummers in the world. Due to his humble attitude and modest demeanor, Rodney would never say this about himself. But after seeing and hearing him, it’s simply undeniable that he is in fact one of the best musicians on the planet.
Rodney has gone on to work with some of the most talented and respected musicians in both Rock and Jazz worlds. He has worked with Santana, Steve Lukather, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Rob Thomas, and many others. His work with Santana garnered Holmes a higher level of respect within the industry along with multiple Grammy Awards. Rodney played on the hit song “Smooth” from Santana’s “Supernatural” album. He’s also earned Grammys for his work on the Brecker Brothers ” “Out Of The Loop” album. Holmes’ jaw dropping solos have evoked standing ovations worldwide.
“Rodney Holmes isn’t all about chops. It’s also about scope. Simply put, Rodney Holmes blew people away. Reasons cited were his amazing technique, his intricate patterns, and his artsy sense of placement.”
“Funny thing about Rodney: Even when he’s unleashing the beast, he never appears as if he’s barely hanging on. He’s got firm grasp of the reins, still forging a groove that’s lush, steady, and comfortable.”
-”Bruce Wittet , from Modern Drummer Magazine”


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