Art Johnson, Jazz guitarist (1945-2018) Art Johnson is a lyrical guitarist, and violinist. He has an impressive resume that spans a wide range of genres. In 1969, he arrived in Los Angeles and soon began playing and recording with the Advancement. This group included vibraphonist Lynn Blessing. He was soon working with Judee Sill and Paul Horn, Tim Weisberg and Barbra Streisand. Johnson’s musical experience went beyond jazz, with Johnson performing eccentric country songs with Gas, Food, and others.