Originally from Manchester, Johnny has been voted many times winner of the Baritone Saxaphone category of the British Jazz Awards and has also appeared in the American Downbeat Poll.
A long time member of the Alex Welsh and Humphrey Lyttleton bands, he has had partnerships with famous British jazz artists including Roy Williams and Mike Cotton. He has toured extensively with many great stars in Britain, Europe and the USA including appearing at the famous Newport Jazz Festival. He recorded under his own name and featured on recordings with Buddy Tate, Ruby Braff, Henry "Red" Allen, Bud Freeman and Wild Bill. He has appeared on national TV and Radio, one of his recordings being used for the signature tune for BBC Radio Jazz Score. Singing is part of his repertoire and his great sense of fun can be seen and heard in his vocals.