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About Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson was born in Louiseville, Kentucky, was raised in South Carolina, and moved to Miami, FL in 1998. Since the age of 15, Matt Johnson has been studying electric bass. With such influences such as Jaco Pastorius, Matthew Garrison, James Jameson, Francis "Roco" Prestia, Carol Kay, and Hadrien Ferraud, he began his musical career at Miami Dade College studying under former Beegee's bassist, Matt Bonelli. 

After completing his Associates, he was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he completed his Bachelor's in Professional Music while studying under such greats such as Matthew Garrison, Bruce Gertz, and Oscar Stagniaro (bassist for Paquito de Rivera). 

After attending Berklee, Matt moved to Miami, FL and began his career as a freelance bassist, performing in various jazz, fusion, and top-40s ensembles throughout Florida and the United States.


In 2010, he received a full scholarship to Florida International University to pursue his Master of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance. He studied under Jamie Ousley on upright bass and graduated in 2012.

He is currently playing with some of the best musicians in the South and Central Florida region, teaches university courses at Miami-Dade College and also teaches private guitar and bass lessons. 

Musical Influences

Jaco Pastorius

Matthew Garrison

James Jameson

Oscar Pettiford

Hadrien Ferraud

Carol Kay

Francis "Roco" Prestia

Genres

Jazz

Fusion

R&B

Rock

Pop

Top 40's

Funk

Brazilian

Latin

Dave Holland

Janek Gwizdala

Hank Mobley

Oscar Peterson

Ray Brown

Steve Jenkins

Other Favorite Artists

John Coltrane

Miles Davis

Art Blakey

Tower of Power

Wayne Shorter

Lettuce

Hiromi Uehara

Nero

Little Dragon

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