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Jef Lee Johnson tribute show, Wednesday at Underground Arts

Rainbow Crow: A Tribute to Jef Lee Johnson

Jef Lee Johnson tribute show, Wednesday at Underground Arts

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.

Previously: RIP, Bobby "Blue Bland Follow In The Mix on Twitter

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