Taken from Mr. Johnson’s website
Edition, adaptation and comment by Toni Basanta from Fairfax, Vermont, USA
Pianist and composer Quinn Johnson has lived in four different countries on three
different continents, and has played music from around the world with Cuban, Brazilian,
Persian, African, Middle Eastern and Chinese artists.
Some of those he has had the pleasure of working with include Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Rita Coolidge, Martin Short, Jack Sheldon, Diane Schuur, Tom Scott, Richard Carpenter, Judith Hill, Poncho Sanchez, Flora Purim, Wayne Brady, John Densmore (of The Doors), Elba Ramalho, Down to the Bone, Jerry Seinfeld, Airto Moreira, Francisco Aguabella, Christopher Cross, and Dancing with the Stars (US / Canada tour).
Quinn is currently the music director / pianist for Steve Tyrell, a position he’s had for the
last 12 years. He is also the piano / keyboardist for the various Clare Fischer Bands, one of
which received the 2013 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.
In December 2013, Quinn was music director / arranger for the Mike Stoller 80th Birthday
Celebration in New York, which was MC’d by Paul Schaffer, directed by Randy Johnson,
and included Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Coasters, Bettye La Vette, Chuck Jackson,
Melissa Manchester, Tommy Tune, Sally Kellerman and Ben E. King.
Quinn has performed on many TV shows including The Tonight Show, The David
Lettterman Show, The Today Show, The View, the Emmys, America’s Got Talent, and his
playing can be heard on many TV shows as well as feature films. One of his
compositions can be heard on the Emmy award winning show “Homeland”.
Quinn has released several CDs on different labels, and currently composes, arranges, and
produces songs and CDs for artists in various genres.
I discovered pianist QUINN JOHNSON through the album MEANT TO BE by singer LAUREN WHITE in 2013.
Just a few hours ago, Mr. Quinn sent me his new album TRIO con CLAVE ft. bassist John Belzaguy, and Cuban-American drummer Jimmy Branly. At least, three Songs will be in our radio show tomorrow SUNDAY March 26, 2017: “Stomping at the savoy”, “Autumn in New York” and “All the things you are”.
Quinn Johnson’s album Trio con Clave takes standards from the Great American Songbook and performs them with a unique blend of Classic Jazz sensibilities and traditional Cuban rhythms.
With a strong grasp of both genres, the Cuban rhythm section and American pianist form a simpatico relationship, resulting in a highly recommendable mix of both sources.
Two of Mr. Quinn’s versions on TRIO con CLAVE are based on the approaches of Cuban legendary pianist Pedro Justiz I, better known as Peruchin : “All the things you are” and “Laura”.
DJ Host of The Cuban Bridge on the radio and on television