Piano Instructors

Newt Johnson ( jfignewton@hotmail.com ) — Piano Fundamentals

Newt Johnson holds a degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Jazz Piano Performance with secondary studies in classical piano, bass, and voice. While at UAH, Newt studied with renowned classical pianist Dr. Margery Whatley, Van Cliburn semifinalist Ron Roberts, jazz instructor Keith Taylor, and local jazz legend, Jim Cavender.

Newt is a regularly-performing musician in several local bands, including Rollin Jazz Revue, Trio El Camino, the LaRose Band, Discoasis, and Mambo Gris Gris. He spent a year as a touring member of the Skip Heller Trio and appears on the recordings Live at Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus, Along the Anchorline, and San Fernando Valley. The Rollin Jazz Revue, a modern jazz project which Newt co-founded, has recorded two albums for Startlingly Fresh Records: Halloween on Union Avenue and Elephants in the Crosswalk.

In addition to these activities, Newt serves sometimes as music director and often as a musician for special events and local theatre groups including, but not limited to, Butler Theatre, Lee Lyric Theatre, Renaissance Theatre, and Independent Musical Productions.