Johnny Griffith is a multi-Juno Award nominated saxophonist who has played and recorded with numerous artists including Jeremy Pelt, Hawksley Workman, Maceo Parker, Charlie Hunter, Don Thompson, The Wailers, The Roots, Laila Biali, Brandi Disterheft, Terra Hazelton, AlexDean, Tim Ries, Sloan, Big Sugar, Fishbone, Kardinal Offishal, Rahzell, and Pocket Dwellers. He has toured extensively across North America and Europe performing at all the major Canadian music and jazz festivals as well as several international events including the world famous Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Most recently as a part of the Griffith Hiltz Trio with Nathan Hiltz and Sly Juhas, Johnny has travelled from Victoria to the Yukon to St. John’s picking up a Grand Prix du Jazz nomination at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Their debut album “Now and Then” was produced by and features jazz legend Don Thompson and was selected by Jazz FM 91.1 as Album of the Year 2009. The trio has finished recording their sophomore album, produced by multi-Juno award winning Canadian musician and auteur Hawksley Workman, to be released the fall of 2013.
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“I've been listening to Johnny Griffith's new Ep and it's a good one.On first listen
it immediately captured my attention. Great playing by all involved and very
strong compositions by Johnny to set the framework for some fantastic interplay
within the band.Conceptually this recording has all the elements that I look for in
a great jazz recording,a strong connection with the past masters of the music
balanced with a voice and vision that are of today.Congratulations to Johnny on
an outstanding recording, I'm knocked out with the music and performance
contained on this disc.I look forward to hearing more from this group.”
Willing to teach
Johnny is currently a member of the music faculty at the Humber College School of Creative Performing Arts. There he teaches private lessons and ensembles in the Bachelor of Music program as well as the Jazz Certificate Diploma program. Johnny also teaches in the Humber Community Music program where he teaches ensembles, private lessons and theory. As well as teaching at Humber, Johnny has taught privately from his home in west Toronto for the past fifteen years.
Skype lessons are now available for prostpective students who do not live in the Toronto area and/or who wish to study in the comfort of their own home.