Daryl Johns, a rising jazz star, is a 15 Year old bassist who has been featured on a MY9 TVsegment in 2009 titled "12 Year Old Jazz Prodigy" & featured in the NJ Bergen Suburbanite Newspaper in a full page article titled "Big Time Player, Local Jazz Prodigy Makes His Mark." He was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition and came in honorable mention. T.S. Monk wrote,
The Johns' Jazz Group
- Daryl Johns - Bass
- Debbie Keefe - Saxophone
- Steve Johns - Drums
"Daryl represents everything this music is about, his respect for the history belies his youth."Daryl was awarded "Best Soloist" and "Best Original Song" in Downbeat Magazines 2010 33rd Annual Student Music Awards, "Best Soloist" in the 2010 & 2011 Mingus Festival. 2011 &2012 High School Grammy Jazz Ensemble, 2011 & 2012 tours with Thelonious Monk National Performing Arts HS All-Star Jazz Sextet. West Coast Tour and Monterey Jazz Festival with 2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Daryl was WBGO's Jazz Star of Tomorrow at the 2011 Champions of Jazz, Lincoln Center. He recently was filmed playing and talking with Chick Corea for a segment in a film documentary celebrating Chick Corea's 70th Birthday in NYC. Daryl attends the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College and plays in the Award winning Big Band, Improv Ensemble & Double Bass Ensemble & has also attended Vail Jazz Workshop, Centrum Jazz Workshop, Skidmore, NJPAC Jazz for Teens, Jazz House Kids & Litchfield Jazz Camp. He currently studies classical bass with Linda McKnight. Performances include: Randy Brecker, Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Owens, Dave Liebman, Geoff Keezer, Benny Green, Carl Allen, Jay Leonhart, Warren Vache, Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, Valery Ponomorev, Larry Coryell, Bernie Williams, Michael Wolff, Steve Johns & Mike Clark. This year, Daryl received the Mr. Holland's Opus Award to purchase a bass that is currently being hand crafted by award winning bass maker, Hannah Mayne. Daryl is currently doing recording projects at the legendary Rudy Van Gelder's Studio produced by Don Sickler. Daryl is a Sophmore at The Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ.