Edward Lee Johnson Sr. (Percussionist)
Edward Lee Johnson Sr. was born to the parents of Elmer Lee Johnson and Gwendolyn R. Johnson (Willis). At the age of eight he received his first drumming job where he later became the main drummer at the age of eleven. He attended Sarah T. Reed Sr. High School where he played football and played in the marching band. After graduating, Edward continued playing for the local churches and doing gigs around the U.S. He made the decision to attend college at Southern University at New Orleans where he started his studies in music.
Gospel music is just one of the types of music that he has played for over twenty years. Some of the major influences in his life are Gwendolyn R. Willis, Michael E. Robinson, which he learned from, and a host of other musicians such as his teachers Edward Kidd Jordan and August Fluery. He has also played for various artists such as Bishop Paul S. Morton, Rance Allen, Tremaine Hawkins, Blessed, Chief Monk Boudreaux, Corey Henry and The Youngfellas, Kirk Joseph, Shaon the Girls and Success and The Troy Sawyer Band.
Steven Sweetwyne (Saxophonist)
Steven Sweetwyne is a New Orleans native that began playing the alto saxophone in the St. Augustine marching band. As a senior, Steven was selected as a Drum Major of the nationally ranked “Marching 100." He was also accepted into the jazz studies program at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) under the direction of Mr. Clyde Kerr. Shortly after high school, Steven matriculated at Xavier University of Louisiana as a classical saxophone major. Steven’s passion for music also extended into the realm of music business, studio recording, and music composition.
Steven minored in music business at Loyola University of New Orleans under the direction of Mr. Gregory Davis and Mr. Scott Aiges. While attending Loyola University’s music business program, Steven also gained ‘hands on’ experience in a professional recording studio.
At Piety Street Recording Studio, Steven was an intern under Mr. Mark Bingham and staff. While at the studio, Steven sat in on the live recording of Dr. Michael White’s album entitled “Dancing In The Sky." His recording session was very inspirational for Steven because it sparked an immediate interest in music composition.
Immediately following college, Steven received a full graduate assistantship to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a music theory & composition major. Currently, Steven is a music instructor with the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts. Also, he performs regularly with the Troy Sawyer Band as well as pursuing a second masters degree in computer science.
Jesse Morrow (Bassist)
Jesse Morrow started playing music as a middle school trumpet student and slowly gravitated towards the bass as he progressed through jr. high. High school was filled with the main duties of playing upright bass in the jazz band as well as being the only and first bass player in the string section of the orchestra.
During his time at the University of New Orleans he had the pleasure of learning from and studying with some of the finest musicians New Orleans has to offer, including Steve Masokowski, Victor Atkins, Ed Peterson, Brian Seeger, and was and currently still is studying privately with Roland Guerin.
Rhythmic powerhouse Jesse Morrow approaches bass playing just as he approaches everyday life, new and in his own way. A big fat round sound and a true sense of what jazz means to him keeps every performance different and inspired.
Danny Abel (Guitarist)
Danny Abel grew up in Jackson, MS where he was first exposed to the jazz and blues, entering a performing arts school program in 8th grade. Two years later he moved with his family to New Hampshire where he began taking guitar lessons from Berklee instructor Dave Newsam.
In 2001 he came to New Orleans and studied jazz performance at UNO under the instruction of Hank Mackey, Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen, and many others. Over the years Danny has played with artists such as guitarist Peter Bernstein, South African Bassist Musa Manzini, and local New Orleans artists including Big Sam, Trombone Shorty, and Groovesect.