Johnny Trama has been an integral part of the Boston music scene for many years having spent time with John Brown's Body, Entrain, Peter Prince, Toussaint and the China Band, as well as holding down a semi permanent spot at Matt Murphy's with Public House and the B3 Kings, among others.
Johnny was born on a August morning in metro New York City. His passion for music was noticed immediately and attended a performing High School. He studied under the legendary Dave Burns. Burns is best known for his days as a trumpeter for Dizzy Gillespie. Johnny also studied with Rodney Jones who worked with Maceo Parker and Etta James.
The academic world thought highly of him - Berklee offered him a full music scholarship. It seemed like a good idea at the time, however studying got in the way of performing.
Boston discovered him as a guitarist for "The Daddy's." Later, he became integral to "The Rockett Band" and Ron Levy's "Wild Kingdom." Many of you remember Ron Levy from his days as the keyboard player for B.B. King and the proud owner of two Grammys.
Johnny and vocalist Peter Prince got together and created "Peter Prince and the Trama Unit." Music fans and critics in Boston, NYC and all of New England rave about their amazing recreation of the Stax sound.
Trama's guitar also helps out John Brown's Body, one of the best touring reggae bands not related to the Marley family. If that isn't enough, he's also played lead for Toussaint & the China Band.
In addition to his professors, Johnny's early influences include Jimmy Page, George Benson, Grant Green, Otis Redding, Mark Ford and many others - which is why it is hard to categorize his playing and song writing. We encourage you to check out Johnny's music on this site, at MySpace, and best of all - in person! Go to show and experience it yourself!