This is the web page for jazz pianist/composer,
Daryl Johnson.Daryls music is a special blend of jazz-funk and straight-ahead jazz.A talented composer and arranger striking out on his own in his debut solo project"From The Inside".An alumni of Long Islands Five Towns College and Old Westbury University, Mr. Johnson has had the opportunity to learn the art of jazz from some of jazz's greatest musicians such as multi-reedist
Makanda Ken Mcintyre, master percussionist Warren Smith and jazz trumpeter and educator Jimmy Owens,
not to mention a four year tenure at New Yorks highly esteemed JazzMobile Workshop where he came under the tuteledge of such great pianist as Norman Simmons, Dennis Moorman and Ronnie Matthews.In 1988 he formed the jazz-funk group "Touche" which worked exstensively in LongIsland and New Yorks five boroughs. A studious and ambitious musician, hard work and perseverance has led Daryl to work in diverse musical situations ranging from tours with R&B soul group Blue Magic to gigs with fusion bassist Al Macdowell and his group "TimePeace". In 2002 the Daryl Johnson Trio was formed as a vehicle to explore Mr. Johnsons writing and arranging skills and in early 2003 he took bassist Lonnie Plaxico and drummer Lionel Cordew into Brooklyns Famed "Systems Two Recording Studio" and from there "From the Inside" was born and also what looks like a promising solo career for Daryl Johnson, stay tuned.
Yes, since the release of my CD I am on tour right now in New York City, promoting it in various venues, please check my tour link to find out where my next performance is and maybe I'll see you there. It is always a special moment when I'm able to perform music that I've composed, it gives me a chance to share something that is very special with the world, and those moments are always special.
My influences range from P-funk to John Coltrane,Stevie Wonder to Sting!Classical to Avant-Garde.I'm always looking for ways to stretch the ear a little more,hopefully i'll achieve that goal.
Right now I use yamaha pianos and synths.
Producing this CD is the culmination of a life-long dream, I've had the opportunity to work with some stellar musicians who contributed above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined.Special thanks to Soundclick.com for coming up with a great concept for independent musicians like myself.
"YOUR CD IS GREAT !"
Marian McPartland, legendary jazz pianist and host of NPR's "Piano Jazz"
All independent artist be sure to check out
"The Independent Music Awards" on my links page!
CD now available at Tower Records in Carle Place Long Island,West 4th street and broadway and 66th street and broadway in Manhattan, across from Lincoln Center.
Great Review just published in Jazzimprov magazine, Autumn 2004 issue on newstands now, or read it in my review link.
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