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.
Having performed in a variety of venues spanning the country, Erich is sensitive to the many contexts in which live music is heard. He is adept at performing solo and in various ensemble configurations, and has performed with artists including Kelsea Cire, and Hannah Kim. He is currently developing his trio with Wen-Ting Wu and Leonardo Catricala.
A Musical Experience
Erich has years of experience recording as both sideman and bandleader and is available for hire in NYC, Boston, and beyond.
Tailored to suit your needs
Thousands of successful lessons taught on both the West Coast and East Coast with a decade of teaching experience distilled from his own experiences as a student. Lessons are a balance of learning what you want to know and what you need to know.
From absolute beginners to those with experience but wanting to expand their technique, fretboard knowledge, or sheet music reading skills, all levels and ages are welcome. Those curious about finger-picking, blues, rock, and jazz improvisation, or theory and arranging are also welcome and encouraged.