Alphonso Johnson

Alphonso Johnson (born Feb. 2, 1951) is an American jazz-funk bassist from Philadelphia who initially emerged in Catalyst, appearing on the band’s 1972 self-titled release and their 1974 third album Unity. Between 1974 and 1976, he held the bass slot in Weather Report, playing on the albums Mysterious Traveller, Tale Spinnin’, and Black Market. As a solo artist, he released three albums in 1976/77 on Epic, followed by a co-feature on the 1978 Columbia live release Alivemutherforya alongside Billy Cobham, Steve Khan, and Tom Scott.


  • Moonshadows (1976)
  • Yesterday’s Dreams (1976)
  • Spellbound (1977)
  • Alivemutherforya (1978 • Billy Cobham, Steve Khan, Alphonso Johnson & Tom Scott)

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