Birch "Crimson Slide" Johnson (born in Dublin, Georgia) is a trombonist, Emmy nominated composer, producer and songwriter based in New York City. For ten years, he was a member of the "Blues Brothers Band", eventually appearing, as an actor, in the movie "Blues Brothers 2000."
Birch lived with his family in North Carolina and the Philippine Islands during his early childhood years. When he was in the fifth grade, his family settled in Tuscaloosa. After graduating from the University of Alabama, he toured for ten months with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra before enrolling at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his Master Degree in Jazz Studies. About a year and a half later, he joined Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd and for nearly three years toured the United States and Europe almost non-stop. After leaving the Woody Herman Band, he moved to New York City. He joined the "Blues Brothers Band" in the early nineties and was quickly given the moniker "Crimson Slide" by Alan "Mr Fabulous" Rubin.
- Birch Johnson official website