Todd Johnson is recognized as a pioneer of the six-string bass. Johnson uses an innovative technique playing chord changes and bass lines simultaneously, giving him a uniquely rich and fuller sound that proves extremely useful in both solo and small combo work.
In addition to his work with the Ron Escheté Trio, Johnson has performed and recorded with other artists, including Kristin Korb, Mike Stern, Dave Weckl, Scott Henderson, Barbara Morrison, Plas Johnson, Sam Most, Lew Tabackin, Jack Sheldon, Joe LaBarbera, Frank Potenza, Larry Koonse, Kendall Kay, Steve & Jennifer Barnes, Kate Reid, Tierney Sutton, Poncho Sanchez, Mundell Lowe, Paul Humphrey, and Frank Gambale.
As a seasoned performing artist, Todd Johnson has developed a rich philosophy encompassing his spiritual, educational and achievement-oriented sides. Johnson sees his talent as a gift from God to continually enhance and develop.
Though Johnson dedicates himself largely to performing and recording, he also teaches courses and workshops in a variety of settings. Johnson has taught since 1991 at such notable schools as California Institute of the Arts, Musicians Institute (BIT) and The Masters College, as well as teaching private lessons. His unique style keeps him in demand as a clinician demonstrating his innovative techniques and concepts throughout the U.S.
TODD JOHNSON as SOLO ARTIST or
PRIMARY GROUP MEMBER
Get Happy - Kristin Korb/Todd Johnson Trio
2004 | Grace Base Productions | INCLUDES: Kristin Korb, vocals & upright bass / Todd Johnson, 6-string bass / Kendall Kay, drums
A Solo Offering... - Todd Johnson
2002 | Grace Base Productions | INCLUDES: Todd Johnson 6-string bass
Live At Rocco - Ron Escheté Trio
2000 | RevJazz | INCLUDES: Ron Escheté, guitar / Todd Johnson, bass / Paul Humphrey, drums
The Sunset Hour - Ron Escheté Trio
1998 | Holt Recordings | INCLUDES: Ron Escheté, guitar / Todd Johnson, bass / Tim McMahon, drums Not Currently
Softwinds - Ron Escheté Trio
1996 | Concord | INCLUDES: Ron Escheté, guitar / Todd Johnson, bass / Paul Humphrey, drums Not Currently
Come Rain Or Shine - Ron Escheté Trio
1995 | Concord | INCLUDES: Ron Escheté, guitar / Todd Johnson, bass / Paul Humphrey, drums / Pancho Sanchez, percussion on select tracks
Mo' Strings Attached - Ron Escheté Trio
1993 | Jazz Alliance | INCLUDES: Ron Escheté, guitar / Todd Johnson, bass / Paul Humphrey, drums
TODD JOHNSON as GUEST with OTHER ARTISTS
Christmas Time Is Here - Dewey Erney
2000 | Resergent Music | 4 tracks, with Dewey Erney, vocals / Ron Escheté, guitar / Todd Johnson, bass
About Time - Steve Travato
2000 | Label Name | INCLUDES: Steve Travato, guitar / Todd Johnson, bass
TODD JOHNSON on COMPILATION ALBUMS
Harold Arlen Songbook - Various Artists
1997 | Concord | One track--the title track--from the Ron Escheté Trio album "Come Rain Or Come Shine"
Swingin' Jazz For Hipsters, Vol. 1 - Various Artists
1997 | Concord | One track--"Sleepwalk"--from the Ron Escheté
Zon bass of choice:
Sonus Custom TJ/6, Quilt maple/transparent black/fretted