Todd Johnson is recognized as a pioneer of the six-string electric bass. With his Zon signature model six-string bass, Todd has developed the innovative ability to play bass lines and chord changes simultaneously, plus his ability to play “chord melody” gives him an unique sound that proves extremely useful in both solo and small combo work.
Todd has been an integral member of the critically acclaimed jazz trio of guitarist Ron Eschete since 1991. Johnson has also performed and/or recorded with other such artists as, Kristin Korb, Mike Stern, Poncho Sanchez, Frank Potenza, Dave Weckl, Scott Henderson, Plas Johnson, Lew Tabackin, Jack Sheldon, Rufus Reid, Mundell Lowe, Michael Manring, Paul Humphrey, and Frank Gambale to name a few.
Though Johnson dedicates himself largely to performing and recording, he’s also taught courses in a variety of settings. Since 1991 Johnson has served as a faculty member at such notable schools as Musicians Institute (BIT) 1991-1999, California Institute of the Arts 1998-2004, College of the Canyons 1999-2004 and The Master’s College 2002 – 2011. After relocating from Los Angeles to Phoenix Arizona in 2011, Todd now teaches privately via online video chat technology with a roster of students from around the world.
Todd is also “in demand” as a clinician having performed clinics, master classes and residencies in such places as University of North Texas, Berklee Conservatory, New Hampshire BassFest, Cornish Institute, South Western Baptist Theological Seminary, BassQuake, Pasadena Bass Day, Mile High Bass Camp, Tokyo High End Bass Show, L.A. Music Academy, The Jazz School, U of Oregon, Spokane Falls C.C, Eastern Washington University, International Society of Bassists Convention, University of Arizona, Olympic College, Academy of Contemporary Music (London), Basscool (Lille, France).
Todd has released a series of highly successful downloadable products.
Titles include: Walking Bass Line Module System – Volume 1 Triad Modules, Walking Bass Line Module System – Volume 2 Scale Modules, Walking Bass Line Module System – Volume 3 Putting It All Together, Technique Builders, “Playin’ through the Real Book” series and“The Improv Module Method”.
As a seasoned performing artist, Todd Johnson has developed a rich philosophy encompassing his spiritual, educational and achievement-oriented sides. Johnson sees his talent as a “gift from God” to continually enhance and develop. A unique musician with a unique instrument, Johnson strives to stretch the limits, creating new sounds and directions in which the electric bass can go.