New single!  “New Day Rising” by Ed Johnson & Novo Tempo will soon be released as a streaming single and will also be featured on Music In Place. See below for more info.

A message from Ed

Dear Friends,

It’s been a bit of a rocky start to the new year, but here’s some good news I’d like to share! I’m excited to report that the Bay Area non-profit Music In Place is producing a professional-quality music video featuring my song “New Day Rising”, and I’m reaching out to ask for your support in making this happen.

About the project: In the early part of 2020, Novo Tempo was hard at work on a new recording project. “New Day Rising” came out of a need for a return of love and hope to change the toxic negativity and darkness that has been so prevalent over the past few years. But then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and everything was suddenly shut down. Around mid-May, we decided to focus on finishing tracks for “New Day Rising,” working from our home studios. Dealing with the effects of the pandemic and recent election has made us feel even more inspired to share this song with the public and give everyone’s spirits a lift.

Personnel: Ed Johnson: Acoustic and electric guitar, cavaquinho, mandolin, and vocal; Kristen Strom: Tenor sax, vocal; John Worley: Trumpet; Jennifer Scott: Piano, vocal; Scott Sorkin: Electric and acoustic guitar; Rene Worst: Bass; Jason Lewis: Drums, Percussion.

You can donate directly to help sponsor my video project here.

Music In Place is a 501c3 non-profit formed to help create paying opportunities for musicians during the pandemic, both through music video commissions and covid-compliant livestream events. You can sign up for their newsletter here or visit their website to learn more. And all donations are 100% tax-deductible and go directly to supporting this project and others like it!

Thank you so much for your support!

Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo

Feb 2021

Take lessons with Ed on Zoom

What better time to pursue your musical goals than when you’re stuck at home?

Ed has been teaching private lessons in guitar and voice at 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.

Questions? Email Ed or call 650-996-2155.

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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