We learned yesterday of a deep blow to our community with the loss of guitarist Jef Lee Johnson at the age of 54. Johnson is remembered for his incredible contributions to the Soulquarians (with D’Angelo, Common, Erykah Badu, The Roots) as well as the Soultronics, McCoy Tyner, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, and countless others in a career that spanned decades. We personally got the joy and honor of working with Mr. Johnson in the past year. Okayplayer has gathered some stories from the community. Check it out below.
“Jef Lee Johnson was so many things. To those of us in the D’Angelo camp, Jef Lee was an amazingly gifted guitarist who toured the world in 2000 as a member of the Soultronics and just last year brilliantly substituted for Jesse Johnson in our current band, the Vanguard – becoming one of only two musicians to appear in both bands.” – Alan Leeds from D’Angelo’s team
Check out more words from Questlove and others over at Okayplayer: