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Deron Johnson (musician)

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Deron Johnson
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Deron Johnson is an American jazz keyboardist. Beginning at the age of sixteen, Johnson became hooked on jazz music and attended California State University, Long Beach where he continued his pursuit with private lessons from Billy Childs. In 1991, after touring with pop idol Paula Abdul, Johnson was discovered by the trumpeter Miles Davis. Johnson completed three European tours and two American tours with Davis before he died, and recorded the keyboards on his last CD Doo-Bop (1992).[1] Johnson then toured extensively and recorded with jazz bassist Stanley Clarke and alto saxophonist David Sanborn.[citation needed] In 1996, Johnson began to focus on original projects, along with more touring and more recordings with artists including Alanis Morissette, Boz Scaggs, and Seal.[2]

Johnson has continued to write and record for television and began recording his first solo album Learning to Crawl. He has also composed music for several QCODE podcasts, eventually becoming its Head of Music in 2020.[3]


Year Artist Album Credit
1992 Foley 7 Years Ago... Piano, Keyboards
1992 Karl Denson Blackened Red Snapper Piano
1992 George Howard (jazz) Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? Synthesizer, Bass, Arranger, Keyboards, Producer, Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer Bass, Keyboard Programming
1992 Miles Davis Doo Bop Keyboards
1992 Louis Verdieu Louis Piano
1993 Stanley Clarke East River Drive Keyboards
1993 Karl Denson Herbal Turkey Breast Piano
1993 Stanley Clarke Live at the Greek Keyboards, Performer
1993 George Howard (jazz) When Summer Comes Piano
1994 Gerald Alston First Class Only Piano
1994 George Howard (jazz) Home Far Away Piano, Organ, Keyboards
1995 Jimmy Earl Jimmy Earl Fender Rhodes
1996 Miles Davis Live Around the World Keyboards
1996 Various Artists New Spirits in Jazz Piano (electric)
1997 Various Artists Bass Talk, Vol. 4: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bass? Piano (electric), Fender Rhodes
1997 Monica Behan Behan/Johnson Arranger, Vocals (background), Multi Instruments, Producer, Orchestration, Drum Programming
1997 Various Artists Hotwired
1997 Michael White Side by Side Piano, Keyboards
1997 Pino Daniele Dimmi cosa succede sulla terra Piano, Keyboards, Organ (Hammond)
1998 Pino Daniele The Best of Pino Daniele: Yes I Know My Way
1998 Stanley Clarke This is Jazz, Vol. 41 Keyboards
1999 Alanis Morissette Alanis Unplugged Keyboards, Background Vocals
1999 Howard Shore Dogma (Original Soundtrack) Organ, Celeste, Cello, Harmonium
1999 Other Sisters Original Soundtrack Keyboards
1999 Jimmy Earl Stratosphere Piano
2000 Stanley Clarke Portrait Stanley Clarke Keyboards
2000 Miles Davis Tutu/Amandla/Doo-Bop
2001 Larry Carlton Deep Into It Organ
2001 Dean Brown Here Organ (Hammond), Fender Rhodes
2002 Carly Simon Christmas Is Almost Here Again [Bonus Tracks] Synthesizer
2002 Carly Simon Christmas Is Almost Here Synthesizer
2002 Miles Davis Complete Miles Davis at Montreux 1973-1991 Keyboards
2003 Gabriel Gordon Gypsy Living Synthesizer, Piano, Organ (Hammond), Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
2003 Phil Roy Issues + Options Piano (electric)
2003 Rayford Griffin Rebirth of the Cool Keyboards
2004 Seal Best: 1991-2004 [2 Disc] Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Organ (Hammond), Vibraphone, Organ (Pump), Hammond B3
2004 Seal Best: 1991-2004 [3 Disc] Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Organ (Hammond), Vibraphone, Organ (Pump)
2004 Seal Best: 1991-2004 [DVD Audio] Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Organ (Hammond), Vibraphone, Organ (Pump), Musician
2004 Stanley Clarke Trios: East River Drive/Schooldays/Live at the Greek Keyboards
2005 Self Scientific Change Fender Rhodes
2005 Poptart Monkeys Happily Never After Keyboards
2005 Seal Live in Paris [DVD] Keyboards
2005 Seal Live in Paris Keyboards
2005 George Howard (jazz) Very Best of George Howard Keyboards, Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer Bass
2006 Stanley Clarke Bass Days Keyboards
2006 Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequence Fender Rhodes
2007 Chris Pierce Walking on the Earth (Album) Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes
2007 Leni Stern Alu Mayé (Have You Heard) Fender Rhodes
2007 Miles Davis Very Best of the Warner Bros. Sessions 1985-1991 Keyboards
2008 Beth Hirsch Wholehearted Piano, Keyboards, Fender Rhodes
2008 Eric Hutchinson Sounds Like This Synthesizer, Piano, Wurlitzer, Soloist
2008 Alyssa Within Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Arranger, Organ (Hammond), Programming, Producer, Wurlitzer
2009 Chris Pierce Chris Pierce Live at the Hotel Cafe Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes
2009 Hyperstory Hyperstory Piano, Clavinet, Fender Rhodes
2009 Chantelle Berry Simple Things Keyboards
2010 Stereofox Ice the Symphony Keyboards, Guitar, Piano, Fender Rhodes, Producer
2012 Joshua Listen EP Keyboards, Programming, Producer[4]
2013 Joshua Joshua EP Keyboards, Programming[5]
2021 Lady Blackbird Black Acid Soul Piano, Mellotron, Casio Synth[6]
2023 Chris Pierce Let All Who Will Piano, Fender Rhodes



  1. ^ George Cole (2007). The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991. University of Michigan Press. pp. 313–314. ISBN 978-0472032600.
  2. ^ "Deron Johnson | Silent Knight | CD Baby". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  3. ^ Donnelly, Matt (November 6, 2020). "Podcast Studio QCode Makes Key Hires in Production and Development, Promotes Two". Variety. Penske Media Corporation.
  4. ^ http://danda1productions.com/index.php/artist-development/ Archived 2014-01-12 at the Wayback Machine . Accessed 30 June 2013.
  5. ^ http://danda1productions.com/index.php/artist-development/ Archived 2014-01-12 at the Wayback Machine . Accessed 30 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Black Acid Soul, by Lady Blackbird".
  7. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/artist/p90968