Jerry Saxman Johnson

Jerry was born in Bronx, New York to a Jamaican father and a Barbadian mother.   Jerry’s interest in the saxophone began at the tender age of five on his first visit to the local barber shop, which was owned by his dad’s friend and SUGAR MINNOT’S trumpet playing uncle, LESTER MINNOT. Lester and his fellow musicians left a wonderfully strong impression on young Jerry; especially the saxophonist, CHUGHIE, who also played with THE DYNAMITES & THE STEPPING STONES.  Says Jerry “Even though I wasn’t thrilled about getting my first hair cut, (they gave me a lollipop to stop me from crying), I felt excited, because I knew I wanted to play the horn and jam just like them.”
 
Ironically, Jerry didn’t actually begin playing until junior high school. He also took private lessons and played in his first Reggae band when he was 16. Jerry’s father had a Jamaican Night Club from the ‘60’s thru the ‘80’s. Even though the club underwent a few name changes throughout those decades,  JIPI JAPA, BLUE LAGOON, and PENTHOUSE, was where Jerry saw and met many musicians and singers such as THE  BLUES BUSTERS, LESTER STERLING of THE SKATALITES, THE WILD BUNCH f/t BUNNY RUGS of THIRD WORLD, PHYLLIS DILLON, BYRON LEE, DENROY MORGAN of the BLACK EAGLES (father of MORGAN HERITAGE), and many more.
 
Jerry has performed and recorded with endless Reggae greats, SUGAR MINNOT, JOHN HOLT, KEN BOOTH, HORACE ANDY, LEROY HEPTONES SIBBLES, SHAGGY, FRED LOCKS, KRS ONE, JUDY MOWATT, QUEEN LATIFA, SISTER CAROL, BURNING SPEAR, STEEL PULSE, SAKTALITES, BIG MOUNTAIN, BLACK EAGLES (DENROY MORGAN), RECKLESSBREED, AKA NEW BREED, ANTHEM, ROLAND ALPHONSO, JACKIE MITTO, CEDRIC (IM) BROOKS, MAXI PRIEST, U-ROY, BERES HAMMOND, MARCUS MILLER,  KY-MANI MARLEY and the late greats ALTON ELLIS AND DENNIS BROWN.
 
Jerry has performed on many world-wide tours such as REGGAE SUNSPLASH, STING, & JAPANSPLASH. His television appearances include the ARSENIO HALL SHOW with QUEEN LATIFAH, JAY LENO & CONAN O’BRIAN SHOWS with STEEL PULSE.  He also performed for PRESIDENT CLINTON’S INAUGURATION.

 

 


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