"Just Friends" Art Johnson and Gary Scott Quartet

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"Just Friends" Art Johnson and Gary Scott Quartet


Released May 2013

Art Johnson & Gary Scott Quartet with Art Johnson (Guitar), Gary Scott (Sax), Tom Azarello (Acoustic Bass), Danny Campbell (Drums).


Guitarist, violinist and author, from age of 16 Art Johnson has worked with the who’s who from San Diego to L.A. to France and beyond with the likes of The Advancement which included vibraphonist Lynn Blessing, Willie Bobo, Ray Pizzi, Shelley Manne, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinsen, Lena Horne, Allan Holdsworth, Mark O'connor, Paul Horn, Tim Weisberg, and John Klemmer, recording with the latter three. Johnson's musical experiences went way beyond jazz including playing eccentric country tunes with "Gas, Food & Lodging," being featured on violin, mandolin and guitar with Pat Boone, touring with Tim Buckley (1974-75), movie soundtracks, studio work, and working with Lena Horne, O.C. Smith, the San Diego Symphony and even Engelbert Humperdinck. Many times Art was the only "white guy" performing with black jazz and blues bands including several stints at Memory Lane in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles. In LA he studied classical guitar with Herbert Stewart, a student of Andre Segovia, and classical/flamenco guitarist Philip Boroff. Studied with Barney Kessel 1969.


Art was voted as the most promising jazz guitarist by Leonard Feather in Downbeat Magazine after his performance at the Monterey Jazz festival in l970. In 1984 Art started performing with pianist Dwayne Smith as a duo at L.A.'s local jazz venues. Voted by Music Connection as "Best duo in Los Angeles" their performance at the Santa Barbara jazz festival also earned a good review from Leonard Feather. Art lived during the 1990s in San Diego performing steadily in clubs and concert halls. He was for five years associate professor at San Diego State University offering instruction in jazz improvisation for all instruments as well as guitar. He has recently returned seriously to the violin, electric and acoustic. Art has appeared as a sideman on over 40 albums as well as numerous film scores.


Gary Scott is also a veteran of many years, being the soloist for Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Tony Bennett ad Diana Ross at Caesars Palace. He also has performed and or recorded with Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby, Lena Horne, Ann Margaret, Cher, Elvis Presley, Charlie Ventura, Ray Brown, Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, Natalie Cole and David Benoit. He’s toured the UK and Europe performing at many Festivals and small club venues. He has released four albums on his own and this album with Art was a result of their relationship at San Diego Symphony and Jazz Orchestras.



1. Manya de Carnival 9:01

2. Darn That Dream 8:05

3. Alice In Wonderland 8:25

4. My Romance 6:40

5. Bye-bye Blackbird 7:54

6. Like Someone in Love 7:54

7.Time After Time 5:28

8. Just Friends 6:37

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