"Gerry Johnston is a very talented Boston-based guitarist who possesses a pleasing and accessible melodic style...bridges the gap between jazz, classical and Brazilian styles...defines the term 'beautiful music'...lush chords, subtle surprises and quiet creativity...a classy performer whose accessible style will continue making friends for acoustic guitarists for years to come."
Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist and Critic
We had a rehearsal dinner party and Gerry played acoustic guitar. Everyone commented how much they enjoyed his music. Great background sound for a party without being overbearing. Gerry is a true professional at his craft.
Response from Gerry Johnston:
Thanks for the kind words Paul.
Gerry was very professional and provided lovely music for our cocktail hour. He provided just the right music to add to the atmosphere but not overpower.
Response from Gerry Johnston:
Thanks for the kind words Jennifer. Glad you enjoyed my music.
Gerry was a wonderful addition to our 90th birthday party event. His selections were perfect and we received so many positive complements on his music as well as having a musician there. Everyone just loved it. Thanks Gerry! We thoroughly enjoyed your lovely music!
Gerry played for our holiday party. Everyone loved him! Thanks Gerry!
Gerry played guitar at our wedding ceremony and reception. He was very professional, accommodating and a very talented guitarist. He learned two new songs for us and he even adapted to moving outside when the sun came out during cocktail hour.
Gerry's classical guitar playing was beautiful for our intimate wedding with a wide range of ages of our guests.
We hired Gerry to play "smooth jazz" at a rehearsal dinner in a restaurant in Cambridge (private dining room). He was prompt and courteous, his music was perfect and he looked great. I am very particular about details and I could not have been happier - I would highly recommend Gerry.
Gerry performed for our wedding and was absolutely wonderful! We hired from his website and watched him YouTube and we were a little nervous hiring him without having met him but he exceeded our expectations. Professional, friendly, catered the set to us beautifully, just amazing!
Gerry Johnston's guitar transcriptions are a pure delight. His lively performances include audience participation, composer anecdotes, and a musical mastery of great American jazz standards.
Board Member, Boston Classical Guitar Society
Creative Director, Hingham Public Library
Saturday Sounds Special Music Series
I recently hired Gerry to play for a small family function - my Dad's 80th birthday party. There were only 6 of us in a private room at a lovely Boston restaurant. Gerry set the tone for the evening with his great musicality. He graciously played requests and created just a wonderful vibe for the evening. He is a true pro and even put up with my wife and I as we sang two songs in honor of my Dad. It's not often that you find someone as flexible and talented as Gerry and I'd highly recommend him for any special occasion!
JAZZ & POPULAR STANDARDS WITH A CLASSICAL TOUCH
Welcome! If you are planning to hire a musician for an event in greater
Boston, or anywhere in New England, please take a few minutes to browse
through my promokit and listen to some audio samples. As a professional guitarist for hire my primary focus is on providing you with the best live music possible as well as a hassle-free booking experience.
Working as a solo jazz guitarist has permitted me to provide live music for countless corporate functions and other special occasions all over New England. A solo guitarist needs only a small stage space making this a very practical choice for background music. I use just enough amplification to be heard in a crowded room, but never so much as to be intrusive.
Although trained as a classical guitarist, New England Conservatory graduate, I have always enjoyed jazz and popular music and have made a particular specialty of performing selections from ‘The American Songbook‘. These are the great jazz and popular 'standards' by composers such as Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Ann Ronnell, Jimmy Van Heusen, Richard Rogers and a host of others. Solo guitar performances of these classic standards have proven to be very well received at a variety of events including concerts.
Thank you for visiting my promokit. I hope to be hearing from you soon.
Past Booked Events
|October 05, 2018 • 6:30pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party|
|September 28, 2018 • 10:00am - 1:00pm||Jazz Trio at Farmer's Market, Haverhill|
|September 07, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Rehearsal Dinner|
|August 26, 2018 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Birthday Party|
|December 05, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|June 29, 2013||Private Party|
The trustees of John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead thak you so much for playing guitar at our recent auction. The feedback we have received from participants tell us that your music was the best they have ever heard at similar events. It was a wonderful component that kept people upbeat all evening.
Gerry was a pleasure to work with. He was very supportive of our music request, which was to perform primarily Spanish guitar and classical guitar music, with some romantic and '40's era show tunes as well. He provided lots of samples of his repertoire so that we could provide input on what we liked best. He was prompt and efficient in all dealings. He arrived on time, and was very professional throughout. I recommend him highly for background music for a happy event.
The guests of our party noted that Gerry's music completed the occasion and inquired about how we had found such a talented musician. The guest of honor said that Gerry's playing was the perfect touch! Gerry was extremely professional. He was also extremely accesible during the planning stages of the party, in addition to being flexible in this playlist.
Gerry was great! He was very accomodating in the midst of our chaotic, loud reception. He played beautifully and added yet another layer of elegance to our reception. His repetoire of classical and jazz standards are just the right touch for such an event. He seemed to know exactly what was appropriate to play and needed very little input from us, yet was 100% open to suggestions. I'm glad I hired him and will not hesitate to hire him again.
I'll admit I was nervous about booking a guitarist online. However, I found this process easy and very efficient. I called Gerry and he returned my call right away. He arrived early to our event, he was very professional, easy to talk to, and very talented. I would recommend Gerry Johnston for any event. Amanda-Coordinator
Gerry was extremely professional and very pleasant to deal with. I would definitely call on him again. Thank you for the referral! Deborah Saggese Director of Sales Hampton Inn - Dover, NH
I was reluctant to hire a musician online, site unseen, however I must say that Gerry proved fantastic! Sensitive to the environment in terms of sound level & ambience, Gerry's music was a great match for our gathering of family & friends onboard the Friendship. Many thanks Gerry!
Gerry provided background music for a community event held in our home. We were extremely pleased with the entire experience and would not hesitate to hire him again.