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Matt Johnson

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The Los Angeles Times called Matt Johnson "a hurricane on sticks." Considered one of Southern California's most versatile drummers, Matt Johnson has an extensive list of credits that includes jazz recordings, radio and television commercials, numerous TV and film soundtracks and countless live appearances on national and international stages. Modern Drummer Magazine said Johnson possesses "captivating technique and creativity." Bill Kohlhaase of The Los Angeles Times said, "His brush work recalls the footwork of a great dancer," World-renown bassist Andy Simpkins proclaimed, "Matt Johnson is my favorite drummer. Flat out!"

Well known for his jazz stylings, Johnson is equally versed in all forms of pop drumming and has performed with a range of musical personalities from Andy Williams and the Smothers Brothers to the Jack Sheldon, Tom Kubis and Steve Allen Big Bands.

Along with his busy performance schedule, Johnson currently serves on the music faculty at Fullerton College and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He currently puts his years of performance experience to work as an in demand guest artist/clinician and adjudicator at high school and college jazz festivals as well as performing as Master of Ceremonies for Forum Music Festivals.

Johnson, a Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award recipient, began his professional music career as a Disneyland musician in 1978 and is currently an artist/clinician for Orange County Drum and Percussion, Aquarian Drumheads and Paiste cymbals. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and the Percussive Arts Society.


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