Jake Johnson is a cultural historian, focusing on American musical experiences of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. His master’s thesis at the University of Oklahoma examined the impact of renowned Los Angeles music patron Betty Freeman. He is now working on a biography of Freeman, and is in the final stages of a separate project detailing the musicales Freeman hosted in her Beverly Hills home from 1981 to 1994. Other areas of interest include the avant-garde, novelties in popular music, biography, intellectual history, and American musical theater. His work has been or will soon be published in TEMPO, Echo: A Music-Centered Journal, and Journal of the Society for American Music.

Jake also remains a highly sought after collaborative pianist and musical director, having served on vocal coaching and accompanying faculties at Oklahoma City University, DePaul University, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, among others. In 2014, Jake began his PhD in musicology at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife, two brilliant daughters, and a standard poodle named Alice