J.J. Johnson is from Phoenix, Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Arizona State University. In 2005 he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and worked towards his Master’s Degree at Carnegie Mellon University. While working on his degree J.J. won positions with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras and Assistant Principal Viola of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. In the Winter of 2010 he began performing at Radio City Music Hall in NYC with the world famous Radio City Rockettes and made his Broadway debut in 2013 in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
He has performed in a number of Broadway musicals, including, On The Town, Cats, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, An American in Paris, and Sunset Boulevard. He has also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, and was Principal Viola of the NBC Studio Orchestra for the NBC Live! performances of The Sound of Music with Carry Underwood, and Peter Pan with Christopher Walken. There have been a number of recoding projects he has participated in that include The Red Eye of Love, Tokio Confidetial, Telly Leung’s solo album Songs for You, and the independent short film The Ceiling Fan.
Along side his active freelance career Mr. Johnson also greatly enjoys teaching at the Montclair State University Preparatory School.