Kevin Johnson - Piano & keyboards

Kevin started playing piano and composing in 1974 when he was in high school in Pacifica. In 1978, he received an AA degree in music at the College of San Mateo.

His mother and Father were both music teachers and encouraged Kevin to play trombone when he was 10 years old. He played his first composition with the Stan Kenton orchestra when he was 15 years old at the clinics Stan Kenton used to host in Sacramento, CA.

His influences are Bill Evans, Lyle Mays, Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, Keith Godchaux & Horace Silver.

Kevin`s first rock band in 1976 was a progressive rock band and first jazz band was formed in 1979 with his brother Earl who was playing trumpet in the band.

Kevin played for many years in Pacifica & the peninsula before moving to the Santa Cruz mountains in 1993. Kevins mother, Theresa played jazz violin along with his brother Earl on bass and recorded until Theresa was not able to play anymore. She is playing on Kevin`s first solo release called, "Symbolism & Ceremony". John Worley also plays Flugelhorn on the track, "After the dawn".

He has been playing with the Gary Gates Band since 1996. With Gary, there is the opportunity to have extended psychedelic jams as well as being able to play & rock with Gary`s original dance music.

Kevin now lives in Fairfax, CA and is pursuing his solo career as well as playing with various artists.

He is currently playing with a jazz quartet called, "The Barbary jazz quartet" and plays at the Comstock saloon the first and third Thursdays in San Francisco`s North-Beach. Kevin also is playing in a trio with his brother Earl on bass and Chris Tromborg on drums called, "The Jazz Unit". Check out the Jazz unit page.

In addition, Kevin also plays solo piano, drawing on jazz standards as well as his own take on music from Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, and also plays his own compositions.

He has played and recorded with such notables as Benny Rietveld, on bass, Jason Lewis on drums and John Worley on trumpet including the late Hal Bigler on bass and Ruben Salceido on Saxophone.

He also was fortunate to have played with Phil Lesh and Terry Haggerty.