Rudolph Johnson hails from Columbus, Ohio. Many jazz music insiders considered "Rudy" Johnson the heir apparent to the John Coltrane legacy of improvisational dominance on the tenor and soprano saxophones. Ironically, Johnson was not recorded enough to make a wave in the music industry that would have established him as one of the important jazz saxophonists of his time. His flawless execution results from a dedication to the music and the instrument rarely matched by any individual. Rudy Johnson is considered by many, the players player.