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Johnson was born on August 24, The composer[ edit ] From the mids, but especially the early s on, Johnson dedicated more and more time to composition.

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He worked in a steel foundry and as a janitor. After her death inhe dedicated an album to her on Concord.

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InJohnson joined a revue that toured England, returning home in to find that all of his family, except his brother James, had died in the influenza epidemic. Inhe composed a suite in six movements, titled Perceptions, with Gillespie as soloist.

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In , a Johnson work titled "Diversions" was commissioned by the American Wind Symphony and performed. In , he took part in the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert, presented in Los Angeles and organized by Norman Granz. Johnson was born on August 24, Lonnie also worked on riverboats and in the orchestras of Charlie Creath and Fate Marable. The duo reunited again in for a tour of the UK, an Impulse! A unique figure in the annals of New Orleans music history, Johnson often performed on a bazooka-like instrument—a type of horn he invented—gaining a reputation as an entertaining musical personality as well as a gifted jazz , popular, and brass band tuba and guitar player. As with many other early blues artists, information on Mary Johnson is often contradictory and confusing.

On February 4,he took his own life by shooting himself. Induring a session for Bluebird Records with the pianist Joshua AltheimerJohnson used an electric guitar for the first time.

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