Vail Johnson


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Musician, Bassist

Vail Johnson was the seventh son in his family, all of whom played a musical instrument. It was part of life, just like eating and sleeping. His great grandmother was an opera singer and Vail was always encouraged to sing and play. His professional career hit a milestone when Kenny G hired him to play bass at the Playboy Jazz Festival In 1986. As Kenny’s career exploded, Vail found himself on hit records and performing around the world to sold-out audiences. He performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, which was a personal thrill for Vail. He proudly has been attending the NAMM Show since 1987!