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2004 Grammy Award Winner Wayne Johnson, joined the pop/jazz vocal group, Manhattan Transfer, after attending Berklee College of Music in the late 70’s. Since then, Wayne has taken plenty of time off from the gig to keep his solo interests alive. Wayne's "Trio", with Bill Berg on drums and Jimmy Johnson on bass, has also been performing and recording since the late 70's. With six Trio recordings and two solo acoustic CDs to his credit, Wayne has also recorded and performed with an eclectic group of artists in addition to the Manhattan Transfer.
During the last 5 year hiatus from the M.T., Wayne performed & recorded with Rickie Lee Jones for two years and opened as a solo acoustic act for John Tesh for 2 years. In addition to recording many sessions for a variety of artists, he toured and recorded with Japanese pop/jazz artist Akiko Yano as well as Lee Oskar of “War”.
Wayne, along with other label mates on Solid Air Records won the coveted Grammy at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in Feb. 2005 for “Pop Instrumental Album of the Year”. The recording, “Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar”, produced by James Jensen, is a tribute to Mancini and consists of all acoustic solo guitar renditions of each artist’s favorite Mancini song.
In 2005, Taylor Guitars asked Wayne to come on board as a Taylor clinician. This prestigious position, held only by a handful of guitarists, will have him on the road performing concerts and teaching, introducing Taylor’s newest line of instruments to guitarists all over the world.
Wayne Johnson Playlist- (click the gray box in the bottom right corner to bring up the entire playlist)