Scott’s passion is Jazz and improvisation with strong roots in Classical.
In addition to being on Anoka Ramsey Faculty, Scott maintains a large private lesson studio with successful pedagogy for saxophone, classical and jazz improvisation, developed through three decades of teaching experience. His students are consistently selected as members of the Minnesota All-State Jazz Ensembles, Minnesota All-State Concert Bands, Dakota Combo and Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands (MYJB). Scott makes sure his students are college ready by focusing on Classical Jazz Improvisation, Music History, Theory and Composition.
As a freelance musician, Scott Johnson performs in a wide range of musical styles and contexts that include Jazz, Classical, Pop, dance bands with The Bill Simenson Orchestra, The Cedar Avenue Big Band, The Jerry O’ Hagen Orchestra, and various tribute bands – Chicago, Steely Dan and Frank Sinatra. Scott has also shared stages with James Brown, Etta James, Big Jay McNeely, and Lowell Fulsom.