Jesse Johnson

Jesse Johnson

Funk/soul guitarist Jesse Johnson began playing guitar when he was 15, honing his chops in local rock bands throughout his teens and early twenties. On a friend's recommendation, he moved to Minneapolis, MN, where he became the lead guitarist and a primary songwriter for the city's extraordinary funk-rock group, The Time. After writing "Jungle Love," the group's most memorable and highest-charting single.

Jesse has always made himself accessible to projects other than his own, often sharing his expertise and techniques to up and coming musicians, as well as the many popular artists that he has inspired. So when he got the call from D’Angelo (huge Jesse fan) to tour and work on his “Black Messiah” 2015 release – Jesse put his vibe on it. For his efforts, Jesse and the rest of the Vanguards received a Grammy in 2015. Just another confirmation how far reaching Jesse’s talents keep evolving.

In 2016, Jesse was dubbed “Guitar Hero” as he returned to Minneapolis’ First Avenue to showcase his guitar prowess. Leading a ferocious line-up that included bass extraordinaire Sonny Thompson and drummer phenom Michael Bland -the trio left the filled house in awe. as they chanted more. Famed writer, Jon Bream for the Star Tribune, wrote two high profile articles on Jesse before and after the show. The latter says it all “Jesse Johnson soars as guitar hero in power trio marathon at First Avenue”.

$30 - $125


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