Johnny was born in Brooklyn. His first professional job was with Bobby Hackett. In 1957 he replaced Ralph Sutton as intermission pianist at Eddie Condon's Greenwich Village saloon. He then took over for Gene Schroeder in the house band that included players like Buck Clayton, Pee Wee Russell, Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Lou McGarity, Peanuts Hucko, George Wettling and others. Between Condon outings, Johnny played at most of the jazz rooms around NY, including The Embers, The Roundtable, Condon's Uptown and the Metropole where his musical education was broadened by playing with Henry "Red" Allen, Vic Dickenson, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Shavers, Ray Eldridge and Jo Jones. Later, he worked with Phil Napoleon and the Dukes of Dixieland. Johnny moved to LA in '79 and played most of the jazz clubs. He now lives in Palm Harbor, FL, plays a lot of clubs and has been recording extensively.
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