Plas Johnson

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": jazz saxophone lounge spotify space age pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


John Johnson Jnr., 21 July 1931, Donaldsonville, Louisiana, USA. After being taught soprano saxophone by his father, Johnson took up the tenor as well. Resident on the west coast in the 50s he worked in the studios but played jazz dates with artists including Benny Carter. His film and television work increased and his work (though not his name) became known to millions when he was featured playing the main title theme on the soundtrack of The Pink Panther (1963). He continued to make infrequent jazz appearances, playing on record sessions and at clubs and the occasional festival. Among the musicians with whom he worked in the 70s and 80s were Bill Berry, Herb Ellis, Carl Fontana, Jake Hanna, Dave McKenna and the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut. A highly melodic player with an effortlessly graceful ballad style, Johnson’s choice of career has meant that he is often overlooked by jazz audiences.

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