"When Johnson spins an interlude casually across the room, it's done with tender loving care." -Jim Santella, L.A. Jazz Scene
Chuck Johnson has been making a name for himself in Los Angeles with the CJSQuintet, a hard bop group he founded in early 2000. Having honed his talents on the horn with greats from jazz and rhythm and blues idioms, he turned his attention to creating his own musical legacy, founding the group with co-leader and trumpeter James Smith. The band was awarded the first-ever Chuck Niles Jazz Music Award during competition at the 2005 Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival. Since forming the group they have made notable appearances at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival, City of Beverly Hills “Affaire in the Gardens”, Playboy Jazz at the Rose Bowl, Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival, and Friends of the Levitt Concerts Under the Stars, as well as on numerous television and radio programs. In 2002 CJSQ was crowned Mainstream Jazz Artist of the Year, at the Long Beach Jazz Search. Their two CD releases Let's PLAY! (2006), and An Affair of the Art (2003), have received accolades from jazz critics and fans alike.