Johnny Griffith is a multi-Juno Award nominated saxophonist who has played and recorded with numerous artists including Jeremy Pelt, Hawksley Workman, Maceo Parker, Charlie Hunter, Don Thompson, The Wailers, The Roots, Laila Biali, Brandi Disterheft, TerraHazelton, Alex Dean, Tim Ries, Sloan, Big Sugar, Fishbone, Kardinal Offishal, Rahzell, and the Pocket Dwellers. He has toured extensively across North America and Europe performing at all the major Canadian music festivals as well as several international events including the world famous Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
As a part of the Griffith Hiltz Trio with Nathan Hiltz and Sly Juhas, Johnny has travelled from Victoria to the Yukon to St. John’s picking up a Grand Prix du Jazz nomination at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Their debut album “Now and Then” was produced by and features jazz legend Don Thompson and was selected by Jazz FM 91.1 as 2009 Album of the Year. GHT’s second release “This is What You Get…” produced by multi-Juno award winning musician Hawksley Workman reached #1 on the National Radio Jazz Charts for three straight weeks in 2013.
Most recently, The Johnny Griffith Quintet, featuring Jeremy Pelt (New York-based trumpet player and five time rising star award winner from Downbeat magazine) and multiple Juno winning Canadian musicians Jon Maharaj, Adrean Farrugia and Ethan Ardelli, has recently recorded an album of Johnny’s original music which will be released in late 2014. As well as his quintet, Johnny also heads up “The Big 8”, an octet performing all original selections and features top Toronto talent Alex Dean, Terry Promane, Shawn Nykwist, Brian O’kane, Jon Maharaj and Nathan Hiltz. Upcoming projects include a duo woodwind/percussion album with Hawksley Workman due out in the near future.
Born in St. Bonafice Manitoba, Johnny has a Bachelor of Music from Humber College, a Master’s Degree in Jazz performance from University of Toronto and is a member of the Humber College Faculty of Music. Johnny currently resides in Toronto.
Read more about Johnny on his website johnnygriffith.com and more about the Griffith Hiltz Trio on their website griffithhiltztrio.com. You can also find The Johnny Griffith Quintet and the trio on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnnyGriffithQuintet; https://www.facebook.com/ghtrio.