2012 Performing Arts Fellow
Kris Johnson

Kris JohnsonKris Johnson, trumpeter and composer, has appeared on an impressive list of albums, including a Grammy-nominated release with jazz icon Tony Bennett. Kris spent three years touring internationally with the Count Basie Orchestra, and maintains an artist endorsement from CarolBrass instruments. Kris has a keen sensitivity to the nuances of film, as is evident in his award-winning film scores for various web series and short films. A passionate educator, Kris is a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s educational staff where he directs the Creative Jazz Ensemble, which features some of Detroit’s most promising youth.