Pianist and composer Quinn Johnson has lived in four different countries on three different continents, and has played music from around the world with Cuban, Brasilian, Persian, African, Middle Eastern and Chinese artists. Some of those he has had the pleasure of working with include Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Rita Coolidge, Mike Stoller, Martin Short, Jack Sheldon, Diane Schuur, Tom Scott, Richard Carpenter, Judith Hill, Poncho Sanchez, Flora Purim, Wayne Brady, John Densmore (of The Doors), Ben E King, Bettye La Vette, Elba Ramalho,DowntotheBone,JerrySeinfeld, AirtoMoreira,FranciscoAguabella,Christopher Cross, Alvaro Torres and Dancing with the Stars (US/Canada tour).
Quinn was the music director/pianist for American songbook singer Steve Tyrell for 16 years. He is currently the music director for pop singer Debby Boone, as well as piano/keyboardist for the Clare Fischer Big Band, which received the 2013 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.
Quinn has performed at jazz festivals around the globe, including places such as Montreux, Bangkok, Vienne, Recife (Brasil), Detroit, San Jose, Capetown, Vitoria (Spain), and Syracuse, as well as venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Disney Hall and Buckingham Palace.
He has performed on many TV shows including The Tonight Show, The David Lettterman Show, The Today Show,The View, the Emmys, America’s Got Talent, and his playing can be heard on many TV shows as well as feature films. One of his compositions can be heard on the Emmy award winning show “Homeland”.
Quinn has released several cds on different labels, and currently composes, arranges, and produces music for artists in various genres. When not traveling far and wide, he can be seen performing around his home base of Los Angeles.
His last album "TRIO con CLAVE", an exciting blend of American standards and Cuban rhythms, continues to get airplay 5 years after its release. The new release “Pastimes (from times past)”, is a collection of original music that Quinn composed over the last couple decades, performed with a diverse group of old friends. Recorded during the pandemic and released 3/1/2021, this album represents a cross-section of American and world music as filtered through the lens of the composer’s life.
2013 Grammy - Best Latin Jazz Album "Ritmo"
(with the Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band)
About "Pastimes (from times past): "full of what makes jazz the music of life" "exciting performances" "jazz treasure"
-Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Review of "Trio con Clave":
“His light...shines bright in this album interpreting standard songs in Latin grooves.”
“His piano technique is reminiscent of (Clare) Fischer’s in power and clean
- Rifftides Arts Journal
Portland Jazz Festival:
"...the excellent pianist Quinn Johnson, who came close to stealing the show a
couple of times..." -ArtsWatch Portland
"Full of originality..." -Doug Ramsey
Reviews of Quinn Johnson Trio:
"This is a fantastic piano trio album." -Swing Journal
"This is very high quality jazz piano!" - Jazz Life