Berklee College of Music and joining the Manhattan Transfer in 1977,
Wayne has taken plenty of time off from the gig to keep his solo
interests alive. Waynes Trio, which adds Bill
Berg on drums and Jimmy Johnson on bass, has also been performing
and recording since the late 1970s. With six Trio recordings and
one solo acoustic CD to his credit, Wayne has also recorded and
performed with an eclectic group of artists, in addition to the
During the last five-year hiatus from the Transfer, Wayne performed
and recorded with Rickie Lee Jones for two years, opened as a solo
acoustic act for and recorded and performed with John Tesh for two
years, toured and recorded with Akiko Yano in Japan, and recorded
a duo project with fellow guitarist Jeff Richman, which the two
took on the road through Europe. He has also performed and recorded
with Lee Oskar of War.
Wayne has recently relocated to North County San Diego to concentrate
on writing and recording. Although he keeps a busy schedule with
the Manhattan Transfer, his main focus is new material for performance
and education. Wayne still plays with the original members of his
trio, and has added Don Grusin on keyboards and Charlie Bisharat
on violin when performing in the LA area. In San Diego, Wayne has
a new garage band for writing and performing locally.
Off the road and not performing live, Wayne produces music for a
variety of situations and is a guest instructor at M.I.T. (Musicians
Institute of Technology) and L.A.M.A. (Los Angeles Music Academy).
Waynes new solo acoustic venture, One Guitar,
was just released in September 2003 on Solid
Air Records. It is an excursion into adventurous solo acoustic
playing, with the addition of tapping and hitting the guitar using
a variety of techniques improvisationally in real time so as to
resemble interplay with a real percussionist.
buttons below to hear mp3 excerpts:
For Sodie's Sake
To date, the MP3 files play beautifully for Mac users.
About 50% of the PC users report success—the rest....?
Efforts are being made to create Windows Media files,
but in the meantime, try downloading the Quicktime plugin
which can be found at www.apple.com/quicktime/download,
available for ALL computers.]
My Secret •
in mid-October, Wayne goes on tour with the Manhattan Transfer
to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Korea, with final concerts
in Florida and North Dakota.
(Wayne Johnson Trio, solo, and other):
1980 Inner City Records
Grasshopper 1983 I.P.I. Records
Everybodys Painting Pictures 1985 Zebra Records
Spirit of the Dancer 1988 Zebra/MCA Records
Keeping the Dream Alive 1993 MoJazz/Motown Records
Grasshopper Re-release 1994 MoJazz/Motown Records
MoJazz Christmas Album 1995 MoJazz/Motown Records
Kindred Spirits solo acoustic 1996 GTSP/Polygram Records
Apache Gt. Duo w/Jeff Richman 2000 Miramar Recordings
One Guitar Acoustic Solos 2003 Solid Air Records
credit: Charlie Daniels