THE SPOKESMAN REVIEW (SPOKANE, WASHINGTON) -- Last but not least, the Christmas Guitar Summit will feature Mike Johnson, who began studying classical composition and theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at age 16. He also studied jazz composition and theory at San Francisco State University.
In 2007, he started the 8 Legged Monster, a 10-piece jazz ensemble, which sold out shows in San Francisco. He later went on to form the RayBand, which performed the music of Ray Charles, and the San Francisco Jazz Orchestra, a 16-piece big band. Since 2016, Johnson has called Sandpoint home.