Leo Johnson


One of Firecracker Jazz Band’s most lovable characters, Leo Johnson and his clarinet bring fresh style and sweet harmony to the band’s traditionally energetic spirit. A guitarist, singer, and band leader in his own right, Leo has for the past decade performed in a number of jazz bands and original projects including “The Leo Johnson Trio”, “Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots”, “The House Hoppers”,  “SHA-MAN”, and “Ghost Pipe Trio” to name a few. Born in Minnesota and raised in Nashville, TN, Leo’s passion for music began when he recieved his first guitar at the age of twelve. Performing folk and fingerstyle guitar through his teenage years and early adulthood Leo eventually moved to western NC to pursue his love of jazz music. A samurai on the guitar, Leo rapidly adjusted to the clarinet and the freewheeling lifestyle of a horn player. And currently when not performing with the Firecracker outfit he can be found seducing hearts from the stage and spreading general enchantment wherever he goes.