Kent Johns
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Kent Johns

Three Rivers, Michigan, United States

Three Rivers, Michigan, United States
Solo Jazz New Age

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I guess I may be the quintessential model of the guy with the checkered past. Beginning my musical career as a classically trained trumpet player, I soon gravitated to the guitar during the early rock 'n roll era. It wasn't long before I tired of the endless thumping and monotony of never playing more than three chords in a row and became fascinated by the more sophisticated harmonies of the jazz world.

Working my way through university as a gigging musician, I began teaching high school music after graduation, but eventually realized the lack of personal musical challenge was numbing my sensibilities. So in response to this I decided to pursue a career in aviation, which took me all over the world making temporary homes in places like South Africa, Jordan, Greece and Saudi Arabia. Wherever I went I paid close attention to the local music and feel there may be hints of those influences in my own music today.

When a motorcycle accident just outside Athens, Greece in 1986 put and end to my flying career, I used the four-plus years spent in and out of hospitals to revive my music writing skills. More than anything else, it kept me from losing my mind during that harrowing period.

Back in the US, after learning to walk all over again, I took up the profession of computer programmer and have been working in the high pressure world of IT ever since.

So here we are in the twenty-first century and I feel I've pretty much "been there and done that" and it's now time to get back to the one thing I've never gotten over in my mind, music.

No, I'm not looking to make a huge career of it. I only want to write at a level that is complimentary to my sense of musical integrity, the idea of which would naturally bring with it a foregone conclusion I'll never become a household name. Still, I believe there may be room for opportunities in the film and TV arena for my music. At least enough to generate a comfortable, supplemental retirement income.

If nothing else, it should be interesting...and after all, isn't that what life's all about anyway?