“Vail is one of the rare breed who excel in both the studio and on stage” – KENNY G
“Stellar musician” – KEB’ MO’
“He’s a monster!” – HERBIE HANCOCK
“Vail can move audiences just on the strength of his aggressive play” – BILL KOHLHAASE/LA Times
“Vail plays his face off!” – ARSENIO HALL
“Explosive…. Rhythm stomping!” – DON HECKMAN/LA Times
“I am always looking forward to my next musical adventure, be it live shows, recording or writing. I am inspired by making music, not just with old friends, but new ones, as well” – VAIL JOHNSON
From Soul, Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Country, Latin, Folk, Brazilian…Vail has you covered.
TOURS OF THE WORLD and ELSEWHERE
KENNY G – current since 1986
KEB’ MO’ – current since 2011
Other tours include Herbie Hancock, Michael Bolton, Peabo Bryson, Edgar Winter, James Ingram, Patti Austin, David Benoit, Kieko Matsui, Paula Abdul, Warren Hill, Gil Scott Heron, Whitney Houston, George Benson, Carmine Appice, Frank Gambale, Eric Marienthal, Chris Botti, Kirk Whalum, David Cassidy, Phil Perry, Steve Perry, and more.
SELECT RECORDING and VIDEO
KENNY G – Duotones, Silhouette, Kenny G LIVE, Breathless: all multi-platinum
KEB’ MO’ – The Reflection, BluesAmericana
EDGAR WINTER – Winter Blues
WARREN HILL – Truth, Devotion, Shelter, Life /Rose Colored Glasses, Love Life
STEVIE NICKS – The Other Side of the Mirror
YOUNG MC – That’s the Way Love Goes
ERIC MARIENTHAL – Walk Tall
WHITNEY HOUSTON – Bodyguard
VAIL JOHNSON solo CD’s
Terminator, Says Who, Underground, Come Together, FLOW. More including PAULA ABDUL, MC HAMMER, SMOKEY ROBINSON, JELLYBEANCLAY, CROSSE, RITA COOLIDGE, KATHY TROCCOLI and more.
The ARSENIO HALL SHOW many times as both a solo guest and with Kenny G
The TONIGHT SHOW 16 times with Kenny G
The MAGIC HOUR (Magic Johnson) With David Cassidy
The AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS
Other television appearances include Soul Train Christmas, VH-1 Honors, BET on Jazz, Solid Gold, Billboard Music Awards, Oprah Winfrey, Dick Clarks’ “In Person at the Palace” and many foreign shows whose names I can’t pronounce!
Guitar World Magazine – Bassist of the Year
Bass Player Magazine – Jazz Bassist of the Year