In between tours with the legendary Yardbirds, Johnny A. is making a West Coast road trip, and Guitar Player is proud to present his show at Yoshi’s where his following has blossomed in recent years. Johnny is one of the top chord melody cats of the modern era, and makes his signature Gibson sound like angels weeping and singing. He’s got more Chet Atkins and Jimi Hendrix in his style than he does traditional jazz, but the improvisational nature of his music fits the bill perfectly at the East San Francisco Bay’s most famous jazz house.
Johnny hails from another prominent musical harbor city, and he was deservedly inducted into the Boston Music Hall of Fame in 2014. After working with ex-J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, Johnny hit solo paydirt with 1999’s Sometime Tuesday Morning featuring the swinging standout, “Oh Yeah.” Johnny’s ability to weave interesting melodies throughout a chord structure set him apart, and he’s been a major player on the instrumental guitar scene ever since.
If you’re planning to be in the San Francisco Bay Area in the middle of November, don’t miss this opportunity to watch the maestro work his magic.
For show info and tickets, click here.
Read GP hocho Michael Molenda’s interview with Johnny A. about touring with the Yardbirds here.
Watch a compilation video of Johnny performing at the Cotton Club in Japan.
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see GP Presents Johnny A. click here and put “JA” in the subject of your email. Include a sentence about yourself and why you want to go. Phone contact greatly appreciated for confirmation. Winner must provide own transportation to Yoshi’s at Jack London Square in Oakland, California, and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on Wednesday, November 16. Best of luck. Again, that email is email@example.com.
GP Presents Johnny A.
Wednesday, November 16
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
7:30pm doors; 8pm show