March 22, 2013
Steel Pulse perform at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, NYC. WATCH >>
March 5, 2013 SteelPulse.com relaunched to help fans learn more about us, the music, and our focus on love and justice.
In 1978, race relations in Britain were in crisis. The National Front was gathering power and immigrants lived in fear of violence.
But that year also saw the birth of a campaign - Rock Against Racism (RAR) - aimed at halting the tide of hatred with music - a grassroots movement culminating in a march across London and an open-air concert in the East End. The campaign involved groups like TheClash, Steel Pulse, Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, The Ruts, and others, staging concerts with an anti-racist theme, in order to discourage young people from embracing racist views.
I have several horns, most of the time I use my Selmer Sax (80 super action) or my Selmer (Mark IV) , I like the action on the keys and the tone on these horns and sometimes I use my CONN saxophone which is a vintage sax from the 50s which has a nice warm sound!
Jerry Johnson, saxophonist extraordinaire, is world-renowned and in demand on the Reggae music scene.
Born in the Bronx to a Jamaican father and a Barbadian mother, Jerry’s interest in the saxophone began at the tender age of five on his first visit to the local barber shop, which was owned by his dad’s friend and Sugar Minnot’s trumpet playing uncle, Lester Minnot. Lester and his fellow musicians left a wonderfully strong impression on young Jerry; especially the saxophonist, Chughie, who also played with The Dynamites & The Stepping Stones. Says Jerry “Even though I wasn’t thrilled about getting my first hair cut, (they gave me a lollipop to stop me from crying), I felt excited, because I knew I wanted to play the horn and jam just like them.”
Ironically, Jerry didn’t actually begin playing until junior high school. He also took private lessons and played in his first Reggae band when he was 16. Jerry’s father had a Jamaican Night Club from the ‘60’s thru the ‘80’s. Even though the club underwent a few name changes through the decades, it was there that Jerry saw and met many musicians and singers such as The Blues Busters, Lester Sterling Of The Skatalites, The Wild Bunch F/T Bunny Rugs Of Third World, Phyllis Dillon, Byron Lee, Denroy Morgan of the Black Eagles (father of Morgan Heritage), and many more.
Jerry has performed and recorded with endless Reggae greats, Sugar Minnot, John Holt, Ken Booth, Horace Andy, Leroy Heptones Sibbles, Shaggy, Fred Locks, Krs One, Judy Mowatt, Queen Latifa, Sister Carol, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Saktalites, Big Mountain, Black Eagles (Denroy Morgan), Recklessbreed, Aka New Breed, Anthem, Roland Alphonso, Jackie Mitto, Cedric (Im) Brooks, Maxi Priest, U-Roy, Beres Hammond, Marcus Miller, Ky-Mani Marley and the late greats Alton Ellis and Dennis Brown. He can also be heard on Burning Spear’s 2009 Grammy Award winning CD, “Jah Is Real”.
Jerry has performed on many world-wide tours such as Reggae Sunsplash, Sting, & Japansplash. His television appearances include the Arsenio Hall Show with Queen Latifah, Late Night with Jay Leno and The Conan O’Brian Show with Steel Pulse. He also performed at President Clinton’s Inauguration.
Jerry’s music is tantalizing to the senses. This is affirmed in his recent CD, “Just Cooling”, which highlights his spicy and original musicianship. His melodious fusion of Reggae and R&B reveals his refreshing and expressive style.