Born in 1957 in a South Philadelphia neighborhood filled with a history of jazz
guitarists that starts with 1920's legend Eddie Lang continuing through to today's
jazz guitar legend Pat Martino. Johnnie studied privately as a young man with Dennis
Sandole, Joe Sgro and Pat Martino. Also during that time he studied composition at
Rutgers University while doing local club dates and recording sessions at Alpha
recording studio for Philly World Records. In 1984 Johnnie relocated to Los Angeles
where he has been musically active in many facets such as writing,,recording, scoring,
performing and sound designing for TV, films and recordings.
During these years he has recorded with some of today's leading contemporary
improvisers including , Alex Acuna, Bennie Maupin,Vinny Golia,Wadada Leo Smith,
Billy Drewes, Oscar Brashear, Andy Lester, Kermit Driscoll, Sherman Ferguson, Luis
Conte, Mick Rossi, Alphonso Johnson,Delmar Brown and Pat Martino.
At the 2000 International Monitor Awards in LA he was awarded the Best Sound