Gus Johnson

Born 15 November 1913. Died 6 February 2000.


Gus Johnson (November 15, 1913 – February 6, 2000) was the drummer in various jazz bands, including that of Jay McShann for many years. In the 1960s he played for saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and accompanied singer Ella Fitzgerald in her 1960 concert in Berlin. He is memorialized in the Medeski Martin & Wood song "Whatever Happened to Gus".

With Manny Albam

With Count Basie and the Kansas City 8

With Lawrence Brown

With Coleman Hawkins

With Willis Jackson

With Chico O'Farrill

With Ralph Sutton and Ruby Braff

With Ralph Sutton and Jay McShann

With Ralph Sutton and Kenny Davern

With Buck Clayton

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