Pacifica Performances Concert on Nov 13 — Catch Ed’s performance with John Worley and the Mo-Chi Quartet on Nov 13! See below for details.

Ed Johnson with John Worley and the Mo-Chi Quartet on Nov 13

“I want to let you know about an upcoming concert I’m doing Saturday November 13 with John Worley and the Mo-Chi Quartet! As you know, John is an extraordinary trumpet and flugelhorn player, and has been an integral piece in Novo Tempo for the past twenty years. He is the consummate musician, truly a pleasure to work with, and I have loved our collaborations over the years. This upcoming concert, presented by Pacifica Performances, is a special birthday tribute to John, featuring his incredible ensemble, the Mo-Chi Quartet: John on trumpet and flugelhorn, Murray Low on piano and keyboard, Ken Okada on bass, and Wally Schnalle on drums. John invited me to be a special guest, and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this! It all takes place Saturday November 13 at 7:30pm, at the Mildred Owens Concert Hall in Pacifica.

“This is truly a concert that you do not want to miss! You may join us in person – or you can stream it from your home. The choice is yours. But please do consider sharing this evening with us – either way.”

—Ed Johnson

New recording in progress from Ed Johnson & Novo Tempo!

Ed and his band Novo Tempo are currently working on an exciting new recording. It features mostly original compositions and explores themes such as finding joy through hardship, caring for our planet, and how love sustains us all.

Expected release date is mid-fall 2021. Watch this space for updates!

Play the video to hear “New Day Rising”, a joyous new single from the upcoming CD →


Nov 13, 2021 • Concert with John Worley and the Mo-Chi Quartet at Mildred Owens Concert Hall in Pacifica at 7:30pm.

Aug 26, 2021 • Ed will perform via live-stream through the Redwood City Library. Enjoy Ed’s original songs plus covers of everything from Jobim to the Beatles.

Aug 2, 2021 • Bellingham, WA • House concert with Cabin Fever NW

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Ed has been teaching private lessons in guitar and voice through Palo Alto’s Gryphon Stringed Instruments for 30 years. With his many years of experience, he brings knowledge of all aspects of guitar and vocal techniques that few can match, plus an affinity for students at any level of ability.

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THE OTHER ROAD – Ed Johnson & novo tempo

Original contemporary Brazilian-inspired songs and instrumentals from a high-powered octet.

​The Other Road is Ed’s fourth and latest solo release. Ed’s previous releases, 2004’s Movimento and 2002’s Over That Wave, received glowing reviews, national airplay, and made the Bubbling Under section of the Yellow Dog Jazz chart.

“I am strongly impressed with all the original tracks on this album, and excited to discover a player with such musical fire! “The Other Road” is a grand sonic adventure that gets our MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating!”
–Dick Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj


MOVIMENTO – Ed Johnson & novo tempo

Vibrant, original contemporary jazz with a Latin feel and a refreshing emphasis on vocal harmony and horn arrangements. Evocative of Brazilian pop, but unlike anything you’ve heard before.

​“Think early Return to Forever meets Jobim and Sergio Mendes.”
—San Jose Mercury News

​Movimento fully realizes the tight ensemble performance of Ed’s band NOVO TEMPO. Novo Tempo features John Worley, Kristen Strom, Scott Sorkin, Rene Worst, Mark Ivester, and Jeff Busch. Jennifer Scott teams with Ed for distinctive vocalese duets evocative of Tania Maria.



If you can imagine it, Ed has outdone himself with this recent work. It is sweet, complex, full of energy and love for the music.

“…a very hip combination full of vocal intensity and good musical chops.…His voice, like an American version of Ivan Lins, rises and soars along with his fellow singers Greg Scott, Kim Scanlon and Jennifer Scott to bring a real tour de force to several songs on the CD. There is a real joy and exuberance to these tunes that just can’t be denied. …Highly recommended.”
–Michael Handler
April 5, 2002



A masterpiece of Brazilian-inspired jazz and songwriting. Ed Johnson, with co-writer Mimi Hills, co-producer Rick Vandivier, engineer Gary Mankin, guest vocalists Lissy Abraham, Kathy Kallick, Nate Pruitt, Kim Scanlon, Linda Waterfall, and others, Ed creates a sound that is big, dynamic, stunningly beautiful, and full of discovery. House Of Doors combines the passion of Johnson’s vocal delivery with sophisticated, yet purely enjoyable, musical support.

“…a dynamic recording, showcasing some fine songwriting, singing, and instrumental work.”
–Dirty Linen


Need great music for your upcoming event?

Ed has over thirty years experience playing at private parties, corporate events, weddings, and other functions. He can provide solo guitar or create a custom ensemble in whatever size you need. Whether you want jazz, classical, rock, country, oldies, or anything in between, Ed’s stellar musicianship will make your event memorable.

Email Ed or call 650-996-2155 or use the form at right.

Ed Johnson