ED JOHNSON began studying piano and
French horn at age twelve, and picked up his first guitar at fifteen.
After mastering the popular rock and R&B songs of the day, he went on
to a serious study of classical guitar. Ed also studied music theory and
performance at Foothill College and San Jose State University. Among Ed's
many teachers, Tuck Andress and Bobby McFerrin went on to make significant
contributions. Ed's interests in other styles grew to include jazz and
American roots music, and eventually encompassed Brazilian and other Latin
American and Afro-Cuban music.
In addition to vocal groups like Sharp
9 and The Gryphon Quintet, Ed's 20-year tenure as co-director of the
popular Gryphon Carolers has been the proving ground for his deep interest
in vocalarrangements. Ed has six recordingprojects to his credit, in
addition to producer's credits for other singer/ songwriters. His latest
That Wave," is his second solo outing.