Biography

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. Some of those he has had the pleasure of working with include Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Rita Coolidge, Martin Short, Jack Sheldon, Diane Schuur, Tom Scott, Richard Carpenter, Judith Hill, Poncho Sanchez,  Flora Purim, Wayne Brady, John Densmore (of The Doors), Elba Ramalho, Down to the Bone, Jerry Seinfeld,  Airto Moreira, Francisco Aguabella, Alvaro Torres and Dancing with the Stars (US/Canada tour). 

Quinn was the music director/pianist for American songbook singer Steve Tyrell for 16 years.

He is currently the music director for pop singer Debby Boone, as well as piano/keyboardist for the Clare Fischer Big Band, which received the 2013 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.


In December 2013, Quinn was music director/arranger for the Mike Stoller 80th Birthday Celebration in New York, which was MC’d by Paul Schaffer, directed by Randy Johnson, and included Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Coasters, Bettye La Vette, Chuck Jackson, Melissa Manchester, Tommy Tune, Sally Kellerman and Ben E King.


Quinn has performed at jazz festivals around the globe, including places such as Montreux, Bangkok, Vienne, Recife (Brasil), Detroit, San Jose, Capetown, Vitoria (Spain), and Syracuse.

He has performed on many TV shows including The Tonight Show, The David Lettterman Show, The Today Show,The View, the Emmys, America’s Got Talent, and his playing can be heard on many TV shows as well as feature films. One of his compositions can be heard on the Emmy award winning show “Homeland”. 

Quinn has released several cds on different labels, and currently composes, arranges, and produces music for artists in various genres. His last release "TRIO con CLAVE", an exciting blend of American standards and Cuban rhythms, continues to get airplay 5 years after its release. The new release “Pastimes (from times past)”, is a collection of original music that Quinn composed over the past couple decades, performed with a diverse group of old friends.

© Quinn J Music 2021