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A talented guitarist influenced a bit by Pat Metheny, Wayne Johnson has spent much of his career in the background, doing studio work and touring with the Manhattan Transfer. He started playing guitar when he was eight and won several contests while still in school. Johnson attended Berklee during 1972-1974, joined the Manhattan Transfer's backup group in 1976, and in 1977 put together a popular trio that recorded for Inner City (1979), ITI (1983), Zebra (1988), and MoJazz (1993). In 1990, Johnson worked with Rickie Lee Jones for a year and has since toured Europe with John Scofield and produced records, in addition to working occasionally with his trio. ~ Scott Yanow