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Daria Shani Johnson

ne of the most dynamic, exciting young musicians in San
Francisco, Daria Shani Johnson rolls with a rock solid, sensual
style that has made her one of the most sought-after drummers in the
Bay Area. Her inviting grin, steadfast professionalism and infectious
energy have fueled countless sessions and performances. Her wide
range of skills on top of her always on-time drumming finds her
moving into more and more creative areas all the time, including
stints with Esperanza Spalding, Pamela Rose, London Street,
Eoin Harrington, Cava Menzies, Jonathan Richman, Ruth Davies,
Angeline Saris, Tammy L. Hall, Tea Leaf Greens Trevor Garrod, ALOs
Dan Lebowitz and Adam Theis of the Jazz Mafia, to name a few.
A Berklee College of Music grad, Daria is an accomplished singer, songwriter, arranger and producer,
making her as well-rounded a musician as one can find. Comfortable plying her craft in anything
from jazz to orchestral to rock, blues, funk and beyond, Daria Shani Johnson is a modern driving
force who is ready to take on any creative endeavor. She has toured the USA, Europe and New
Zealand sharing the stage with various musical groups and artists. She is currently a member of
Pamela Roses Blues Is A Woman a theatrical concert that celebrates women blues artists and
also pursuing her own musical project Daria Johnson 4, which performs around the Bay Area.
Venues Performed Press Links
Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
Yoshis, San Francisco, CA teenager-son-of-stan-mammabear
The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Blue Balls Festival, Luzern, Switzerland
Statt Theater , Rheinfelden, Switzerland Quotes
Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland, NZ The gal is a real talent and a show unto herself just watch her face if you
St. James Theater and Opera House, Wellington, NZ want a whole movie to accompany the music.
~ JamBase
Hawkes Bay Opera House, Hastings, NZ
When I first saw Daria play, I could see instantly that her rhythm is steady
Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA and delicate. The two dont always go together.
Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA ~ Jonathan Richman
High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, CA
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA A potent musician whose warm demeanor doesnt in any way suggest
Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival, San Francisco, CA the ferocious badass that emerges when this powerful, attention grabbing
drummer jumps behind a kitJohnson hits hard in the spirit of Keith Moon
Recorded/Shared stage/Performed with and The Black Crowes Steve Gorman, mingling strong groove sensibilities
with gutbucket force.
Pamela Rose, Tammy L. Hall, Esperanza Spalding, ~ Dirty Impound
Ruth Davies, Brandi Carlile, Bozz Scaggs, Erykah Badu,
Angie Stone, Jonathan Richman, John Legend, India Arie,
Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Bootsy Collins, Hanson,
Macy Gray, The Funky Meters, Kofy Brown, Mimi Fox,
Eoin Harrington, Cava Menzies, Adam Theis,
Angeline Saris, Jessica Lurie, Allison Miller, Adam Theis,
Tim Bluhm, Papa Mali, Trevor Garrod, Four Year Bender,
Theresa Perez, Terrie Odabi, Sean Leahy,
Bryan Dean, Amikaeyla Gaston, Bobby Vega, Beth Custer,
Guitarmageddon, London Street