Jef Lee Johnson, the Philadelphia guitarist who played with everyone from McCoy Tyner to Aretha Franklin to Mariah Carey, died in January at age 54.
My obituary of the Germantown-raised monster of a musican, who did studio sessions with George Duke, Jeff Beck, Roberta Flack, Stanley Clarke, Erykah Badu. Esperanza Spalding and many more - and was once a member of The World's Most Dangerous Band, on Late Night with David Letterman - is here.
On Wednesday, Rainbow Crow: A Tribute to Jef Lee Johnson will take place at Underground Arts on Callowhill Street featuring many of Johnson Philly-based musical cohorts, including Tim Motzer, Chico Huff, Charlie Patierno, Erik Johnson and Venissa Santi.
Tickets are $10. Information is here. Proceeeds go to a Settlement Music School scholarship in Johnson's name.
Watch a 2009 clip of Johnson playing guitar below. Read more about him here.