Mike Rinta plays J.J. Johnson

Mike Rinta plays J.J. Johnson

Local trombone legend Mike Rinta pays homage to one of the trailblazers of the post-swing era, J.J. Johnson.


Includes FRONT BURNER session on the life and times of J.J. Johnson.

About J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson needs no introduction, he is considered by many in the jazz world as the finest trombonist to ever pick up the instrument. Widely knows for his work with Kai Winding in the ‘50s, his extensive career has also allowed him to perform with the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins. Johnson’s notoriety kept him popular well into the ‘60s & ‘70s - although he was rarely playing at this this time, focusing his attention on scoring film and television shows. Near the end of his life, Johnson fell ill to prostate cancer and unfortunately took his life, but his legacy lives on today.


About Mike Rinta

Trombone virtuoso Mike Rinta made his name backing jazz/funk stars, including Sly & the Family Stone, Herbie Hancock & Buddy Guy to name a few. A staple player in the music circuit for over 20 years, he is known for his moody organic jazz with New Orleans-style composition and arrangement. With a recent release under his belt, Rinta’s chops keep him as one of the most in-demand trombone players SF Bay Area.

Artist Personnel

Mike Rinta trombone
Danny Grewen trombone
Joe Cohen tenor saxophone
Matt Clark piano
Marcus Shelby double bass
Jeff Marrs drums

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