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Jef Lee Johnson

From Philadelphia
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(Jef Lee Johnson, 1958 - 2013) Thoughtful, curious and sensitive, these qualities would prove to be the foundation of a musical career that would encompass the best of many worlds of Jef Lee Johnson. Although many saw Jef as a career “session man”, those who knew him understood that Jef, like many of his peers was a “working musician” – an amazing craftsman who “paid the mortgage” by enhancing other people’s projects. Because of his musical intelligence and talent, Jef created a career in America that landed him in a wide-ranging, high-echelon session-land with:

George Duke
Al Jarreau
Patti Labelle
James Carter
Rachelle Ferrell
Erykah Badu
Jeff Beck
Mariah Carey
Stanley ClarkeAretha Franklin
Ronald Shannon Jackson
McCoy Tyner
Roberta Flack
Billy Joel
Esperanza Spalding
The Roots
Chaka Khan
Lili AnelVenissa Santi
Dionne Warwick
Reggie Washington
Phyllis Hyman
Vanessa Williams
Jill Scott
David Sanborn
Jon Lucien
Cindy Blackman-Santana

In the mid-’80s Jef did a stint as the lead guitarist in Paul Shaffer’s “World’s Most Dangerous Band”, the house band for Late Night With David Letterman Jef also had the distinction of being the only man on the planet to have played with McCoy Tyner and Sister Sledge on the same day!
Common "I Am Music (Common)"
Album: Electric Circus
Genres: Electronic, Hip Pop, R&B
Moods: Cheerful, Feel Good, Fun, Quirky
Jef Lee Johnson "A Little Too Much for Hollywood"
Album: Blue
Genres: R&B, Rock
Moods: Energetic, Funky, Groovy
Jef Lee Johnson "Ain't Seen Irene"
Album: Blue
Genres: R&B, Rock, Urban
Moods: Bluesy, Easy Going, Groovy
Jef Lee Johnson "BHNC [Explicit}"
Album: Blue
Genres: Funk, Rock, Urban
Moods: Funky, Groovy, Upbeat