Here's what some of the legends of music say about our Vail:
“ Vail is one of the rare breed who excel in both the studio and on stage” - KENNY G
“He’s a monster!” - HERBIE HANCOCK
“ Vail can move audiences just on the strength of his aggressive play” - LA TIMES Bill Kohlhaase
“ Vail Johnson plays his face off!” - ARSENIO HALL
“Explosive.... Rhythm stomping!” - LA TIMES Don Heckman
“Vail continues to show improvement” - Miss WARD 4th grade teacher

Vail has worked with an extensive list of artists:


TOURS OF THE WORLD and ELSEWHERE

KENNY G; from 1986 to present day. Also; Herbie Hancock, Michael Bolton, Peabo Bryson, Edgar Winter, James Ingram, Patti Austin, David Benoit, Kieko Matsui, Paula Abdul, Warren Hill, Gil Scott Heron, Whitney Houston, George Benson, Frank Gambale, Eric Marienthal, Chris Botti, Kirk Whalum, David Cassidy, Phil Perry, Steve Perry and more...

Selected Discography:
KENNY G; Duotones, Silhouette, Kenny G LIVE, Breathless: all multi-platinum
EDGAR WINTER; Winter Blues
WARREN HILL; Truth, Devotion, Shelter, Life /Rose Colored Glasses, Love Life
STEVIE NICKS; The Other Side of the Mirror
YOUNG MC; That’s the Way Love Goes
ERIC MARIENTHAL; Walk Tall
VAIL JOHNSON; Terminator, Says Who
More including PAULA ABDUL, MC HAMMER, SMOKEY ROBINSON, JELLYBEAN, CLAY CROSSE, RITA COOLIDGE
Television Appearences:
The ARSENIO HALL SHOW 3 times as a guest artist, 5 times with Kenny G
The TONIGHT SHOW; 14 times with Kenny G
The MAGIC HOUR (Magic Johnson) With David Cassidy
The AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, SOUL TRAIN AWARDS, Soul Train Christmas, VH-1 Honors, BET on Jazz, Solid Gold, Billboard Music Awards, Oprah Winfrey, Dick Clarks’ “In Person at the Palace” and many foreign shows whose names I can’t pronounce

AWARDS:
Guitar World Magazine Bassist of the Year
Bass Player Magazine Bassist of the Year
Seattle Times All-City Defense First Team Linebacker