Gus Johnson

born on 15/11/1913 in Tyler, TX, United States

died on 6/2/2000 in Westminster, CO, United States

Gus Johnson (jazz musician)

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Gus Johnson (jazz musician)

Gus Johnson (November 15, 1913 – February 6, 2000) was the drummer in various jazz bands, including that of Jay McShann[1] for many years. In the 1960s he played for saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and accompanied singer Ella Fitzgerald in her 1960 concert in Berlin. He is memorialized in the Medeski Martin & Wood song "Whatever Happened to Gus."


With Manny Albam

  • Jazz Goes to the Movies (Impulse!, 1962)

With Count Basie and the Kansas City 8

  • Get Together (Pablo, 1979)

With Lawrence Brown

  • Inspired Abandon (Impulse!, 1965)

With Coleman Hawkins

  • Night Hawk (Swingville, 1960)

With Willis Jackson

  • Really Groovin' (Prestige, 1961)
  • In My Solitude (Moodsville, 1961)

With Chico O'Farrill

  • Nine Flags (Impulse!, 1966)

With Ralph Sutton and Ruby Braff


  1. Gus Johnson, 1913-2000, "A Sensitive Drummer in Many Contexts"
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