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Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson

born on 21/10/1953 in Omaha, NE, United States

Marc Johnson (musician)

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Marc Johnson (musician)

Marc Alan Johnson (born 21 October 1953 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA) is an American jazz musician (double bass), composer and band leader, married to the Brazilian jazz singer and pianist Eliane Elias. Johnson was born in Nebraska, but grew up in Texas.[1]


At the age of 19, Johnson was working professionally with the Fort Worth Symphony, and while at the University of North Texas, he played in the One O'Clock Lab Band and was also the principal bassist in the NTSU Symphony.

In 1978, Johnson joined legendary pianist Bill Evans' in what would be Evans's last trio. Johnson toured and recorded with Evans until the death of the pianist in 1980.[1] In 2007 he released the tribut album Something For You, to Evans together with his wife Eliane Elias.[2]

His many recording credits since then include discs with Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Eliane Elias, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Baron, Philly Joe Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Paul Motian and many others. He has also appeared as a leader of his own bands, starting with Bass Desires, a quartet that featured Bill Frisell and John Scofield on electric guitar, with Peter Erskine on drums, which gained international recognition following two ECM recordings in the mid-eighties. He also recorded two CDs of his own group 'Right Brain Patrol' for JMT Records, followed by his Sound of Summer Running release on Verve. His ECM release Shades of Jade was featured in Time's October 17, 2005 issue "5 CDs that Really Swing", as one of the five top jazz releases of the season. It was selected by the Chicago Tribune as one of the 10 best jazz recordings of 2005 and also received the "Danish Music Award" for Best Foreign Release in 2005. It features his wife, pianist and composer Eliane Elias, Joe Lovano, on tenor saxophone, John Scofield on guitar and Joey Baron on drums.[1]

Marc Johnson has a new recording Swept Away, featuring Eliane Elias, Joe Lovano and Joey Baron released in 2012 on ECM Records.[3]

Discography (in selection)

As band leader

Solo projects
Duo albums
  • 1989: Two By Four (Verve, EmArcy), duos with Toots Thielemans, Makoto Ozone, Gary Burton & Lucy Crane
  • 1999: If Trees Could Fly (Intuition Music), duo with Eric Longsworth (cello)
  • 2004: Bass and Cello (King Japan), duo with Eric Longsworth (cello)
Within Bass Desires quartet including Bill Frisell, John Scofield & Peter Erskine
  • 1985: Bass Desires (ECM)
  • 1987: Second Sight (ECM)
Within 'Right Brain Patrol'
  • 1991: Right Brain Patrol (JMT), trio including Ben Monder & Arto Tunçboyacyan
  • 1995: Magic Labyrinth (JMT), trio including Wolfgang Muthspiel & Arto Tunçboyacyan
With Eliane Elias

Collaborative works

With Woody Herman
  • 1979: Road Father (Century)
With Bill Evans
  • 1979: We Will Meet Again (Warner Bros.)
  • 1979: Homecoming (Milestone)
  • 1979: The Paris Concert: Edition One (Elektra Musician)
  • 1979: The Paris Concert: Edition Two (Elektra Musician)
  • 1980: Letter to Evan (Dreyfus)
  • 1980: Turn Out the Stars: The Final Village Vanguard Recordings (Dreyfus)
  • 1980: The Last Waltz: The Final Recordings (Milestone)
  • 1980: Consecration: The Final Recordings Part 2 (Milestone)
  • 2003: His Last Concert In Germany (West Wind), trio with Joe LaBarbera
With Stan Getz
  • 1982: Pure Getz (Concord)
  • 1982: Blue Skies (Concord, 1982, 1995 veröffentlicht)
With Charles Lloyd
  • 1982: Lift Every Voice (ECM)
With Jimmy Gourley & Philippe Combelle
  • 1983: The Jazz Trio
With John Abercrombie
  • 1985: Current Events (ECM), trio including Peter Erskine
  • 1987: Getting There (ECM)
  • 1988: John Abercrombie / Marc Johnson / Peter Erskine (ECM)
  • 1992: November (ECM), trio with Peter Erskine feat. John Surman
  • 2000: Cat 'n' Mouse (ECM)
  • 2003: Class Trip (ECM)
  • 2006: The Third Quartet (ECM)
With Jean-Pierre Fouquey & Peter Erskine
  • 1986: Railroad (Cryonic Inc.)
With Enrico Pieranunzi
  • 1987: Deep Down (Soul Note), trio including Joey Baron
  • 1990: No Mans Land (Soul Note), as 'Enrico Pieranunzi Trio' including Steve Houghton
  • 1990: Yellow and Blue Suites (Challenge, 2008 veröff.)
  • 1992: The Dream Before Us (Ida Records), as duo
  • 1994: Untold Story (Ida Records), trio including Paul Motian
  • 2000: Raconti mediterranei (EGEA), trio including Gabriele Mirabassi
  • 2003: Trasnoche (EGEA), as duo
  • 2004: Les amants (EGEA), as 'Enrico Pieranunzi & String Quartet' feat. Marc Johnson & Rosario Giuliani
  • 2006: Ballads (CamJazz)
  • 2008: Yellow & Blue Suites (Challenge Records), as duo
  • 2008: As Never Before (CamJazz)
  • 2009: Dream Dance (CamJazz)
  • 2013: Live At The Village Vanguard (C.A.M. Jazz), trio including Paul Motian
With Gary Burton
  • 1988: Times Like These (GRP)
With Joe Lovano
  • 1988: Village Rhythm (Soul Note, 1988)
  • 1990: Landmarks (Blue Note)
With Paul Motian
  • 1990: Bill Evans (JMT, 1990)
With Bob Mintzer
  • 1991: Hymn (OWL)
With Lyle Mays
With Pat Martino
  • 1994: Interchange (Muse)
  • 1994: Nightwings (Muse)
  • 1994: The Maker (Paddlewheel)
With Ralph Towner
  • 1995: Lost and Found (ECM)
With Dino Saluzzi
  • 1996: Cité de la musique (ECM)
With Ara Dinkjian, Armen Donelian & Arto Tuncboyaciyan
  • 1997: Night Ark (Emarcy)
With John Taylor
With Wolfgang Muthspiel
  • 2004: Air, Love & Vitamins (Quinton Records), trio including Brian Blade
With Eliane Elias
  • 2000: Everything I Love (Blue Note, EMI Records)
  • 2002: Kissed By Nature (Bluebird)
  • 2004: Dreamer (Bluebird)
  • 2006: Around the City (RCA Victor)
  • 2007: Something For You: Eliane Elias Sings & Plays Bill Evans (Blue Note)[2]
  • 2008: Bossa Nova Stories (Blue Note)
  • 2009: Plays Live ((Somethin Else/EMI))
  • 2011: Light My Fire (Concord Picante)
  • 2013: I Thought About You (Universal Music), a tribute to Chet Baker


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Marc Johnson Biography. All About Jazz. Retrieved on 2012-11-16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Prasad, Anil (2008). Marc Johnson: Underpinning genius. Retrieved on 2013-10-11.
  3. Kelman, John (2012-09-26). Marc Johnson / Eliane Elias: Swept Away (2012) Track Review. Retrieved on 2012-11-15.

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