Aaron Johnson, just like the many young people who flocked to New York in the earlier portion of the 20th century, arrived in Gotham from humble beginnings. Hailing from Coos Bay, Oregon, a small fishing
hamlet on the southern coast, he found his calling in life quite naturally in an art form now hidden and esoteric. As a child, he immersed himself in a romantic world, one born from silent pictures,
Bing Crosby, Ruth Etting, Bix Beiderbecke and Paul Whiteman. A world painted by a silver mist, where the "good guy" always wins and the hero, without fail, charms the leading lady.
Always an old soul, Johnson became a professional musician at the age of 12 years old, performing in a band that consisted of men in the twilights of their lives, who taught the precocious child the lineage and history of this music.
The nostalgic young man arrived in New York bent on submerging himself deep into the underbelly of the New York Jazz scene, working as a sideman in the bands of unsung heroes such as Michael Arenella, Terry Waldo, Dan Levinson and Drew Nugent. In his efforts to further the public's understanding of this nearly extinct (and vitally important) music, he has created his own ensemble of 11 musicians, modeled after the dance orchestras of times long gone that exist in memories long lost. With a delightfully danceable repertoire than spans both "sweet" and "hot" dance styles, Johnson has revived an aesthetic that is astoundingly timeless.