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Ronny Johansson


Ronny Johansson, born in 1942, is a Swedish jazz pianist and composer. He started his career in Uppsala, comping the legendary Eric Dolphy in 1961. He also had the privilege to play with some other great American musicians visiting Sweden, like Art Farmer, Benny Bailey, Red Rodney, Warne Marsh and Don Byas a.o. Also some Swedes of course. Among them Lars Gullin, Putte Wickman, Rolf Ericson and Rolf Billberg. Ronny Johansson was a piano teacher for 34 years at the School of Music, University of Gothenburg. He retired in 2009 and today he mainly performs with his trio, formed in 1995. The trio has released six CD:s since ”Jubilee” in 2002, the latest called ”New Jubilee” and came out in 2012. Ronny Johansson´s most recent recording is titled ”Japanese Blue”, a solo piano CD from 2014.



Label: Nilento Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Ginza; Cote d’Azur; Gratitude; Copenhagen Blues; Berlin; Manhattan; Wonderland; Kind of Blues; In Blue.


Article: Album Review

Ronny Johansson: Manhattan

Read "Manhattan" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Manhattan, Swedish-born pianist Ronny Johansson's thirteenth album as a leader, is being reviewed on a Friday, the thirteenth (a rather odd coincidence but one that in no way impairs its worth). The album also marks Johansson's seventy-fifth birthday. In honor of the occasion he abandoned his usual trio format in favor of a quartet, adding Rolf ...


Japanese Blue

Label: Imogena Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Japanese Blue; Mori’s Mood; Ulla; Some Like It Cool; A Tango for the Saints; Have You Met Miss Jones; In a Sentimental Mood; Bye, Bye Vienna; Donna Lee; ‘Round Midnight; She; Japanese Blue / Epilogue.


Article: Album Review

Ronny Johansson: Japanese Blue

Read "Japanese Blue" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Abandoning for the moment his usual piano-bass-drums format, Swedish pianist Ronny Johansson has the stage to himself on Japanese Blue, an album whose name and spirit epitomize a country in which Johansson has spent many pleasurable moments. Aside from pointing out the obvious --that Johansson's harmonic figures are engaging and his technique flawless ...


Japanese Blue

Label: Imogena
Released: 2014


Article: Big Band Report

Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature

Read "Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dave Brubeck wasn't really a big-band kinda guy; in fact, he was seldom seen in groups larger than four or five. On the other hand, he was an extraordinary musician, one whose influence will no doubt be felt for generations to come. Brubeck, who remained active almost to the end of his life, died December 5 ...


New Jubilee

Label: Ronnyjo Collection / Mori Music
Released: 2012


Permanent Vacation

Label: Ronnyjo Collection / Mori Music
Released: 2010



Label: Ronnyjo Collection / Mori Music
Released: 2008


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