Born and raised in New Orleans LA, he is a founding member of the world renowned contemporary jazz quartet Astral Project. He has played and/or recorded with such luminaries as Professor Longhair, George Porter Jr., Dr. John, Skerik and John Scofield. Johnny played the first and every New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (which just celebrated its 40th anniversary) and has become a fixture on the New Orleans music scene. He has 4 records under his own name and an instructional book and DVD focusing on his approach to New Orleans drumming. He continues to maintain an active playing, touring and teaching schedule and is currently busy touring the world with Joe Sample of the Crusaders.