Pianist and composer Quinn Johnson has lived in four different countries on three different continents, and has played music from around the world with Cuban, Brasilian, Persian, African, Middle Eastern and Chinese artists. He has performed and/or recorded with Steve Tyrell (for whom he serves as musical director), Rita Coolidge, John Densmore (of The Doors), Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Andrea Bocelli, Martin Short, Richard Carpenter, Clare Fischer, Regis Philbin, Jeff Kashiwa, Francisco Aguabella, Jack Sheldon, Wayne Brady, Tito Gomez, Down to the Bone, Marilyn Scott, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dancing with the Stars. He has also appeared on many TV shows including the Tonight Show, the Today Show, the David Letterman Show, The Martha Stewart Show, and The View. His playing can be heard on manyTV shows and feature films. He has had the pleasure of playing music at some of the larger jazz festivals around the world, such as Montreux, Vitoria (Spain), Detriot, San Jose, San Sebastion (Spain), and Bangkok, as well as performing in such venues as Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Mark Taper Forum, and Boston Symphony Hall.
Quinn has composed and orchestrated for the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, the Long Beach Pops Orchestra, and numerous films and television shows, including Cartoon Network’s Samurai Jack and the Power Puff Girls. He has also arranged and produced various projects for a diverse clientele, from jazz to blues, pop, and latin music.
Quinn has recently recorded a solo piano CD, "Tunes, Bits, and Other Pieces", and has released several other CDs:“Quinn Johnson Trio” on Birds-Records (Japan), a CD of his original music “Here( Sometimes There)” on Palomar Records, and “6 by 5” from the group Upper Structure.
These last ten years have seen Quinn busy traveling the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Europe as musical director with singer Steve Tyrell, as keybordist with Dancing with the Stars the Tour, and as pianist for various other artists. He has also toured the west coast with Brazilian superstar Elba Ramalho , and Canada with Chinese pop sensation Sandy Lam. Between this constant traveling, gigs in town (L.A.) with the likes of Clare Fisher, Jack Sheldon, Tribal Jazz, Jimmy Branly, Tom Brechtlein, Brandon Fields, Gary Novak, Jimmy Haslip of The Yellowjackets, and writing/ arranging or recording for various artists and producers, he hasn’t had much time to relax.