• Russ Johnson

The jazz world is filled with great musicians like trumpeter Russ Johnson—guys who play all of the time and appear on loads of records but have little name recognition outside of the cognoscenti. He’s only made a handful of records under his own leadership, but he’s turned up as a sideman on countless albums, including dates led by Jenny Scheinman, Michael Bates, Noah Preminger, Diedre Rodman, Lee Konitz, Jason Rigby, and Steve Swallow, among others. He should be better known, because the dude can play some serious trumpet.