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Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson began his musical training in Michigan at the Interlochen Arts Academy and continued his education at Arizona State University in jazz performance. Paul’s early professional career included international tours with The Four Freshmen, The Ink Spots, The Four Lads, The Pied Pipers, The Lettermen, and Donald O’Connor. He has backed up such stars as Sammy Davis Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Melissa Manchester, Mel Torme, and Ella Fitzgerald. Paul also spent time on tour with the legendary Woody Herman and his Thundering Herd performing with Al Cohn, Clark Terry, and the great Joe Williams at Carnegie Hall. As a current member of the award-winning Side Street Strutters Jazz Band, Paul appears regularly with Pops Orchestras including: the Houston Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Wichita Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Orlando Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, and the York Symphony Orchestra. Paul also fronts a jazz quintet with some of L.A.’s finest players appearing in various local venues. In addition to his busy private teaching studio, Paul conducts jazz clinics and master classes for jr. high, high school, and college students across the United States under the auspices of the California Arts Council, Community Concerts Association, and “Live On Stage”. Paul is currently on staff at Saddleback College school of Fine Arts as percussion and drum set instructor.


  • Ted Goddard The Sonoran Sessions
  • Jack Radavich How Do You Do It (Desert Mountain Music)
  • Jack Radavich With A Little Help From My Friends (Desert Mountain Music)
  • Paul McDermand Romanza (Nozzle Nose Records)
  • Paul McDermand Only Time (Nozzle Nose Records)
  • Side Street Strutters Live In Concert (Stop Time Records)
  • Side Street Strutters Winter Wonderland (Stop Time Records)
  • Side Street Strutters Back To Bourbon Street (Stop Time Records)
  • Side Street Strutters Jumpin' Into Swing (Stop Time Records)
  • Side Street Strutters Sugar Blues (Stop Time Records)
  • Side Street Strutters Available In The Lobby (Stop Time Records)
  • Rob Verdi Prose And ConnVersations

Drumhead Setup

Snare - American Vintage
Toms - American Vintage on top, Classic Clears on bottom
Bass Drum - American Vintage

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