Erich Johnson is a guitarist and composer currently based in New York City. While trained and active primarily in a broad range of Jazz styles, Erich has experience in and enjoys playing a variety of other genres of music. Growing up in Los Angeles, Erich came to the guitar through a circuitous path that commenced with early studies on the clarinet. In LA, he studied guitar with Matt Greif of the LA Guitar Quartet, Dr. Chris Mello, and others.
Erich is a graduate (summa cum laude) of the Berklee College of Music, where he was awarded a scholarship as well as a performance division award. His teachers at Berklee included such luminaries as Tim Miller, Mick Goodrick, Bret Wilmott, and the late Garrison Fewell. While living in Boston, Erich performed on the television series "African Ascent", at the Gloucester Art Association, and as bandleader and accompanist with several musicians in the area including Hannah Kim, Clemens Grassman, and Will Lyle, even releasing a set of recordings with his own trio.
Erich is a recent graduate in the Masters of Music program in jazz guitar at Queens College, CUNY, studying with Paul Bollenback. He is currently in the Emerging Artist Series at the Bar Next Door.
Erich is available for a variety of of musical endeavors ranging from live music and recording to personal instruction in guitar and musical skills.