“Just one lesson with John has helped me understand and structure my jazz improvisation. I am using this approach in my practice and am already playing with more confidence.” — Nick, student
“…a great pleasure to play with… a creative musician who plays with great time feel and beautiful tone” – Sam Leak
“…reliable, consummate, and versatile… fluent and innovative jazz vocabulary” – Kevin C. McDonald, Drummer, U.S. Navy Band Commodores
“…his voice is singular on his instrument” – Brad Linde, co-founder/director, Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra
“…a crack rhythm section… rollicking swing” – Washington DC City Paper
In Leeds, Washington DC and now London, John’s sight-reading, ear and distinctive sound have led to work from jazz, big bands and pit orchestras to pop and avant-garde. Originally an electric-bass specialist, he now performs regularly on the upright as well.
In Washington DC, John became house bassist for the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra led by Joe Herrera and Brad Linde, including rep concerts under Miho Hazama and Nathan Parker Smith. He recorded for Linde’s avant-garde/Americana project Team Players with Billy Wolfe, Aaron Quinn and Deric Dickens, and played alongside David McDonald (Airmen of Note), Kevin McDonald (US Navy Commodores), Marty Nau, Anthony Pirog, and others.
In Leeds, John was bassist and MD for the Leeds University Union Big Band, including performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival and on ITV. He performed regularly with stalwarts of the Northern England scene such as Steve Hanley, Martin Longhawn and Ben Lowman.
Since arriving in London, highlights include recording for Wilma Archer's 'A Western Circular' (Domino), Morgan Brothers Big Band, a Trevor Mires/Nathaniel Cross project (with Sam Leak, Tom Hancock, Pat Levett, Hugh Wilkinson and Rod Youngs), Hannes Riepler, Gene Calderazzo, and others, alongside regular ad hoc engagements.
John arranges for big bands, has worked at Sibelius, served as a copyist for the 9 to 5 UK tour, and plays the accordion.