Jellybean Johnson | Zildjian Drum Set Artist

Jellybean Johnson

Morris Day and The Time

Jellybean Johnson is the drummer of the Prince created band The Time. Jellybean is one of the architects of a unique blend of music that was created in Minnesota and called the Minneapolis Sound. Jellybean’s resume includes drummer/guitarist/writer/engineer/producer for both local and national talent including creating a number one pop song for Janet Jackson, “Black Cat.” Billboard’s Critic’s Picks ranked “Black Cat” as Janet Jackson’s best song of all time in 2017. Jellybean also wrote, produced and played on many songs by nationally known artists during his time at Flyte Tyme Studios in Minneapolis including Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, New Edition, Alexander O’Neal, Mint Condition, and the Human League. Jellybean is the recipient of twenty Gold and Platinum albums, Minnesota Music Awards, Minnesota Black Music Awards, and ASCAP Awards. In 2014 he was honored for his longtime work as a drummer with a special Local Legends Award. Currently Jellybean is back to touring the world with Morris Day and the Time and just released his first solo album, ""Get Experienced"", as The Jellybean Johnson Experience.

Jellybean Johnson's setup

1.14" A Custom HiHats – Pair

2.16” A Zildjian Rock Crash

3.18" A Zildjian Rock Crash

4.22" A Zildjian Ping Ride *

5.18" China *

* May be prototype or discontinued

Jellybean Johnson

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1

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

David Garibaldi of Tower of Power was my inspiration and the style I learned from. Music is my life; I live to play music.

2

WORDS OF WISDOM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF DRUMMERS

Stick to your guns. Music is healing and keeps you out of trouble. If you embrace it, it will embrace you.

3

FAVORITE ZILDJIAN CYMBAL/COMBO

Zildjian A Custom Ping Ride Cymbal. I get the best sound from this cymbal. With the combination of the SD1 drum stick I get everything I need from the Ping Ride.

Behind the kit

The Original 7ven on Leno

Morris Day & The Time - 777-9311

"Jungle Love" Morris Day & The Time@Mount Airy Casino Mt Pocono, PA 7/2/17

Photo Credits: Billy Briggs / BBGunBilly, Jeffrey Luna