The Charlie Johnson Quartet was formed in 2001 by Chicago keyboardist Charlie Johnson. Possessed with an extraordinary talent on the keys, Charlie has backed many local and international artists for over 15 years performing jazz, R&B and gospel. Charlie wanted to focus on his love of jazz so he put together some of Chicago's finest musicians for his own quartet.
Charlie's choice on bass is Buddy Pearson. Buddy has also played around the Chicago and Indiana area for a number of years and is sought after by many bands for his expertise on the six string electric bass. Just as proficient on upright accoustic bass, Buddy is a truly phenomenal musician.
On drums, the youngest member of the group is Charles Heath, IV. Although Charles has been on the professional music scene for just a few years, he has already done several international tours and is a favorite among local musicians and singers. Charles' rhythmic solos display his remarkable sense of time and talent.
The lead vocalist for the quartet is Margaret Murphy. Margaret has sung professionally for over twenty years and was trained vocally by tenor sax great Von Freeman. Margaret's style of phrasing a song and her deep timbre add a final touch to this quartet's unique style.