Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
Johnny Sansone
From New Orleans to the world Johnny is known for his blistering electric harmonica tone, Award winning song writing, Swamp, Roots, Americana Accordion & Larger then Life stage presence. Johnny's music career has brought him from his early professional years backing up Chicago blues legends, Jimmy Rodgers, Robert Jr Lockwood, John Lee Hooker. To fronting Ronnie Earl's Broadcasters in the 1980's. In the 1990's he was in the front seat to help pioneer the new brand of roots music that was brewing up in New Orleans with bands like the Iguana's, Anders Osborne & the Subdudes. Now after a Grammy nomination. Nine Blues Music award nomination (winning song of the year 2012). A Juno Award Fifteen Best of the Beat awards, Seven Big easy awards, Johnny continues to forge forward on world wide tours with his band, As a solo artist & as a member of New Orleans super group The Voice of The Wetlands All Stars featuring the leading legends of New Orleans music, including Dr John, Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit. From playing with The Edge of U2, To Recording Changui music in Santiago Cuba with saprano sax great Jane Bunnett, To backing up Americas greatest song writer Randy Newman, Film scores for Rodger Coreman, HBO's Treme & countess other sessions, Johnny continues to show no limit to his life's work & loveĀ  of music.
Johnny Sansone was born in Orange, New Jersey. His father was a schoolteacher, & played saxophone"I was about eight years old when I started taking saxophone lessons & understanding music," he says. "I also know that an alto saxophone was almost as big as I was, and I had to carry it to school every day, and I thought, hmmm, I don't know about this." What persuaded the younger Sansone to follow his father's example is a version of a scene straight out of Audrey Hepburn's classic film Sabrina. "He ran a swim club, & they used to have these parties, & they'd bring in bands. The guy up the street was a sax player, & they had a band called the Wakinians. I never got to go with him to any clubs or anything, but these pool parties, they'd have all the tiki lights and scotch bottles on all the tables, & all these people going nuts over a Louis Jordan or Louis Prima tune. I'd climb up a tree & watch this & be amazed that at how my father would just walk out there, & he could dance & he could play, & it was pretty cool."

Although Sansone released several records on King Snake Records it wasnt until he released "Crescent City Moon" on Rounder/Bullseye Blues when he began winning numerous Awards in the Crescent City, including Offbeat magazine's annual "Best of the Beat Awards" where he won four Awards after for Crescent City Moon in 1997. Sansone won Song of the Year, Best Harmonica Player, Best Blues Band, and Best Blues Album of the Year and the record recieved raves reviews through-out the country.

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