Sam Johnson

Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Piano, and Guitar. Jazz, Classical, Pop, and so much more...


Pop Nouveau Jazz Group

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Sam graduated from the University Of Miami in 1999 with a bachelor's Degree in Jazz and Studio Music on Electric Bass. While bass was not his first instrument, it became is favorite. His first musical experiences were singing in the church choir with his mother, then at the age of 8 he started Piano lessons. In 5th grade Sam joined the school band on Clarinet and by High School was playing 1st Chair.

In 7th grade he showed up to Jazz Band one day by accident and has been playing bass ever since. Through his years in Junior High and High School he has had a fascination for learning instruments and when the opportunity came up he tried nearly all of them: Bass Clarinet, Guitar, Trombone, Baritone, Trumpet, Aux Percussion, Soprano Sax, and Tuba to name a few. With over 30 years of musical experience, he is a very well rounded musician.

After working cruise ships around the world and living and working in Miami, Sam decided to move to San Diego in May of 2000. Opportunities arose that allowed him to purchase an upright bass and while over the years he was forced to study "the bear", he was never able to "tame it". Now that he had one of his own it was time and he started studying with world renowned bass player, Joe McNalley, where he developed both his jazz and classical skills on the instrument (and he is still "Taming the Bear" with great success!).

Currently Sam is teaching at Poway, Mt Carmel, Del Norte, and Westview High Schools as the Orchestral Bass Coach, and at Bertrand's Music Monday through Thursday (teaching electric bass, upright bass, guitar, piano, music theory, and composition). He is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California and the San Diego Chapter of the Musician's Union. Sam is also a highly sought after professional freelance bass player in San Diego, working with anywhere from 5 - 10 musical groups at any given time, sometimes traveling all over the U.S. and Mexico.

Current Groups:

Stepping Feet - Dave Matthews Tribute

Pop Nouveau - Modern Jazz Group

Ultimate Muse - Muse Tribute

Anthony Garcia - Flamenco Guitarist

Scot Taber - Spanish Guitarist

James Romeo - Jazz Flutist

Sam Johnson Jazz Group - Jazz Standards


Sam Johnson is a patient and caring instructor with years of performing and teaching experience. He has a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz and studio music from the University of Miami. In addition to his teaching career, Sam works with several professional bands in San Diego; performing Jazz, Rock, Blues, Pop, Flamenco, Classical and many other styles of music.


Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1, Book 2, Book 3; Mel Bay Guitar Method 1, 2, 3; Hal Leonard Bass Method 1, Book 2, Book 3; F. Simandl Bass Method 1, 2; John Thompson Piano Series; Snell Fundamentals of Piano Theory Series

Below are the lessons openings for Sam Johnson. Please find a time below and click the "register" button to sign up for a class.



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3313770 Monday 3:00 Lesson   Monday 3:00 Lesson 35.00
3513513 Monday 3:30 Lesson   Monday 3:30 Lesson 35.00
3513599 Monday 4:00 Lesson   Monday 4:00 Lesson 35.00
3513600 Monday 4:30 Lesson   Monday 4:30 Lesson 35.00
3513604 Monday 5:00 Lesson   Monday 5:00 Lesson 35.00
3513607 Monday 5:30 Lesson   Monday 5:30 Lesson 35.00
3513609 Monday 6:00 Lesson   Monday 6:00 Lesson 35.00
3513610 Monday 6:30 Lesson   Monday 6:30 Lesson 35.00
3513611 Monday 7:00 Lesson   Monday 7:00 Lesson 35.00




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3513709 Thursday 3:00 Lesson   Thursday 3:00 Lesson Time Slot Available Starting 11/2/15 35.00
3513713 Thursday 3:30 Lesson   Thursday 3:30 Lesson   35.00
3513716 Thursday 4:00 Lesson   Thursday 4:00 Lesson   35.00
3513717 Thursday 4:30 Lesson   Thursday 4:30 Lesson   35.00
3513720 Thursday 5:00 Lesson   Thursday 5:00 Lesson   35.00
3513722 Thursday 5:30 Lesson   Thursday 5:30 Lesson   35.00
3513723 Thursday 6:00 Lesson   Thursday 6:00 Lesson Time Slot Available Starting 11/2/15 35.00
3513726 Thursday 6:30 Lesson   Thursday 6:30 Lesson   35.00
3513727 Thursday 7:00 Lesson   Thursday 7:00 Lesson   35.00


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