Played lead trumpet on the album “CHASE WATCH CLOSELY NOW”
Toured and recorded as lead trumpet with ELVIS PRESLEY until his death
Toured with TOWER OF POWER , JOE WALSH, FRANK SINATRA
Received Platinum Album from LIONEL RICHIE for his work on “ALL NIGHT LONG”
Recorded several albums with BARRY MANILOW
Played lead trumpet on :
all three of the “NAKED GUN” movies
BEVERLY HILL COP III
the ROCKY movies
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES and many more..
Also, he can be heard playing on many TV shows.Other artists Walt has performed with are Barbara Streisand, The Pointer Sisters, The Commodores, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, Melissa Manchester,Lionel Hampton,Mel Torme, Vic Damone, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini and is one of the premier players in the Los Angeles studio scene.
This CD is a enjoyable mixture of trumpet playing by a true master trumpet player, Walt Johnson. Walt has played lead trumpet for a host of top-of-the-charts musicians including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Richie, Joe Walsh, Barry Manilow, and he is presently working with Frank Sinatra, Jr.
The trumpet playing on some of the pieces will evoke memories of the style of Bill Chase, others of Freddie Hubbard, Herb Alpert, Maynard Ferguson, and Chuck Mangione for Walt credits all of these artists with having an influence on his own uniquely personal style of play.
The CD includes pieces in which Dino Johnson teams with his father, Walt, to present an all-Johnson arrangement. Another song is the “Chase” hit of the ’70s, Get It On, sung by Terry Richards who co-wrote and sang for the original recording.
The tonal crispness, the precision of attack, the pureness of each note, and the diversity of the music played on this CD establishes Walt Johnson as one of the premier trumpet players of this era.
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