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Dick Johnson, perhaps best known for his long stint as frontman for the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Born and grew up in the Brockton, Mass area as part of a musical family. He got his professional start as a musician during a stint with the U.S. Navy in 1944-1946. Johnson served with the navy band on the USS Pasadena during WWII. He often credited his stint in the Navy for kicking off his career in jazz. After the war, Johnson toured with the big bands of Charlie Spivak and Buddy Morrow. Eventually, after several years on the road, he settled in his hometown of Brockton, Mass. It was there in Brockton where he and close friend, Lou Colombo formed a jazz sextet

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Star Dust & Beyond

Label: Crazy Scot
Released: 2007
Track listing: In the Still of the Night: Fungii Mama; Gone with the Wind; The Grabtown Grapple; Stardust; Moody Street; My Funny Valentine; Waltz for Debby; I Concentrate on You; Anniversary Song; Bossa for Pam; When the Sun Comes Out; My Romance; Pray Tell, Sarah, Where

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Dick Johnson: Star Dust & Beyond

Read "Star Dust & Beyond" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 1983, when the “new Artie Shaw Orchestra was formed (Shaw had been out of the music business for nearly three decades), Boston-based clarinetist Dick Johnson was chosen to lead the band, which he has done to this day. After Shaw died in December of 2004, Johnson decided to record a tribute to his long-time friend ...

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Artie's Choice! And The Naturals

Label: Dick Johnson
Released: 2006
Track listing: Groove Merchant; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Stardust/Indian Summer; Tickle Toe; Humpty Dumpty Heart; Someday My Prince Will Come/48 abd Zero; It's A Blue World/I'll Never Stop Loving You; Walkin'; Young and Foolish; Mainstreamin' at Dave's Road House/Three Little Words; Rockin' Chair/Old Folks; Pray Tell; Sarah Where's Dave; Grabtown Grapple; Stella by Starlight/The Naturals; Take Me Out to the Ballgame; Sleepy Waltz; All Blues; Broadway; My One and Only Love; Agua De Beber; Emily; Haze; Shaw 'Nuff; Lazy Afternoon; Groove Merchant.

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Star Dust & Beyond: A Tribute to Artie Shaw

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2006

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Article: Album Review

Dick Johnson & Lou Columbo: Artie's Choice! And The Naturals

Read "Artie's Choice! And The Naturals" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Multi-reed specialist Dick Johnson, who recorded for EmArcy and Riverside during the 1950s, is one of the most respected clarinetists today. He has been leading the Artie Shaw Orchestra for the past 22 years, with the blessings of Shaw himself. In 1980 Shaw wrote, “...You wanted to know what I think of Dick Johnson's clarinet playing. ...


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