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Christopher Johnson, a gifted trombonist, has performed with musicians such as Clark Terry, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Victor Lewis, Randy Brecker and others.
Johnson began playing the trombone at age 11 after he heard his middle school band director playing it one day after school. He continued playing and studying music throughout high school, winning several awards on the way, including a full ride music scholarship to the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. There, through legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, he got his first taste of real jazz. They began working together through master classes and one-on-one lessons.
Johnson continued studying jazz at Northern Illinois University, where he studied with world-class jazz educator Ronald Carter. Johnson also studied with Tom Garling and briefly with Wycliffe Gordon and Andre Hayward.
Johnson is a high-demand trombonist in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas. He leads the Chris Johnson Quintet and tours the country regularly with other groups at festivals, clubs and private events. He teaches private lessons for all brass instruments and has been the director of the Northern Illinois University CS Jazz Band. He also has directed jazz combos, the NIU All University Jazz Ensemble, and taught music and jazz appreciation at NIU.
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