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Born: July 21, 1931    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Plas Johnson

Plas Johnson - saxophone

Jazz aficionados know him by name, but almost anyone exposed to music is familiar with his playing. His is the purring sax solo on Henry Mancini's famous “Pink Panther” movie theme song. His is the saxophone counterpart to Harry “Sweets” Edison's trumpet on Neal Hefti's signature music for “The Odd Couple” TV series.

Plas is the featured soloist heard on countless albums, including those of such artists as Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt and Sarah Vaughan....
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As a Leader

Plas Johnson
Tampa
1956


Bop Me Daddy
Tampa
1956


This Must be the Plas
Capitol
1959


Mood for the Blues
Capitol
1959


Sax Fifth Avenue
Charter
1962


On the Scene
Charter
1963


Blue Martini
Ava
1963


The Blues
Concord
1975


Positively
Concord
1976


Rockin’ with the Plas
Capitol (Fr)
1982


L.A. ‘55
Carell
1983


hot, blue and saxy
Carell
1992


Evening Delight
Carell
2000


Christmas in Hollywood
Carell
2000


Keep that Groove Going!
Milestone
2001

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