“Five Minutes With” vocalist, trumpeter and composer, Johnny Summers

Johnny Summers is a multifaceted musician as a vocalist, trumpeter, arranger and composer. He has worked and performed with a number of award-winning artists including Ellis Marsalis, Tommy Banks, Patrick Stewart, the Temptations, Franki Valli and Maria Schneider.

As a recording artist Johnny has toured Internationally, is the director of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra and is the recipient of 13 Global Music Awards, including best male vocalist, two Gospel Music Awards, and many others, including numerous nominations. His 7th studio album Baker’s Dozen: Celebrating Chet Baker was released on Cellar Music debuting in the US at #25 on the Jazz charts and has won three Global Music Awards for best instrumentalist, best album and best group.

Johnny Summers


Johnny Summers


Jazz, Soul, R&B, Pop,



# of Albums:


Latest Album:

Baker’s Dozen

Latest Single:

Let’s Get Lost

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Harry Connick Jr., Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Michael Jackson, George Michael,

Favourite musician now:

All the Above, plus Wynton Marsalis, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Clifford Brown, Alicia Keys

Live show ritual:

Nothing interesting or noteworthy ha. Stretch, warm up voice and trumpet, go over any new music, make the musicians I perform with comfortable

Favourite local musician:

Al Muirhead

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl, all the way till it’s early.

Road or studio?


Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


Rapid Fire Calgary Qs

Favourite local restaurant:


Favourite street in your city:

4th Street

Favourite park in your city:

Princes Island, music festivals, and always a gorgeous space surrounded by water

Favourite music venue in your city:

All of them, I love performing everywhere, and hearing great music anywhere (Cop out I know)

Favourite music store in your city:

Long and McQuade for gear, Recordland for music



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