Johnny Lippiett is an award winning musician, educator and recording artist. A regular on the international jazz circuit for nearly three decades now, he has established himself as a thrilling saxophonist who layers electrifying improvisation atop a foundation of modern jazz. Complementing his success as a jazz artist, he lectured in saxophone and related studies at The New Zealand School of Music, from 1999-2007.
Born in the UK, his versatile musicianship and uniquely personal style won him a place in the finals of the young jazz musician of the year (1997). This led to work with the cream of London’s A-list at many of the esteemed venues such as the Barbican, the Jazz Café, the 606 Club and the Bulls head. After graduating from Dartington College of Arts with a BA Honors degree (1997) he attended the London Institute where he was awarded a Post Graduate teaching qualification in jazz education (1998).
After moving to NZ in 1999, Johnny quickly became established as one of the most respected and in demand musicians as well as becoming a clinician for Selmer saxophones. He was regularly featured at many international jazz festivals and divided his time between London and Wellington. His contributions to the NZ jazz community proved to be invaluable and his instruction of important young jazz talent offered an impressive compliment to his artistic efforts.
In 2006 he was awarded a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance and he continues to foster critical acclaim along with an ever increasing fan base through industry awards, live performances and studio recordings. Since 2007 he has lived and worked in New York and his CD 'Soulscape' featured the All-star rhythm section of Billy Drummond, Mike Eckroth and Ron McClure.