10+ years experience as a professional bassist in a wide variety of styles, principally jazz and related.
Grade 8 classical Piano (distinction)
Online (Skype/Zoom) Teaching:
Electric and Fretless Bass (Beginner-Advanced)
Jazz and Pop Performance and Improvisation
Theory, Harmony, Ear Training, Sight Reading etc.
Beginners to Advanced
John is an experienced, articulate and patient teacher with a high-quality home setup for remote teaching and recording.
“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
John’s versatility and musicality as a bassist have led to a huge variety of work from jazz, big bands and pit orchestras to pop and avant-garde. He brings to his teaching the accumulated knowledge of performing with some of the finest musicians in Leeds, Washington DC and now London. Alongside a wealth of practical experience, John has solid classical training and a deep knowledge of music theory, aural skills and harmony.
John's aim is to help students really get inside the music they play, to see what works and what doesn't, and to understand how to progress. Every student is different: for some, a sprinkling of chord theory can lead to a Eureka moment which unlocks their playing; for others, learning how to really hear the music is key. Still others may know exactly what they want to do, but encounter an obstacle in technique they can't seem to get around.
During his career John has approached music from almost every possible angle, and brings that adaptability to his lessons, whether you are an advanced player looking to hone your technique, or a beginner who wants to be able to play along to your favourite songs.
Notable experience includes:
-Recent recording appearance, Wilma Archer 'A Western Circular' (Domino)
-Bassist for Trevor Mires (Jamiroquai, Tom Jones)/Nathaniel Cross (Macy Gray) group alongside Sam Leak, Tom Hancock, Pat Levett, Hugh Wilkinson, Rod Youngs (London)
-Bassist for Morgan Brothers Big Band (London)
-Recording electric and upright bass for producer Will Archer on Domino Records (London)
-Bassist for Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra (Washington, DC)
-Bassist with David McDonald (US Air Force Airmen of Note), Kevin McDonald (US Navy Commodores), Joe Herrera, Marty Nau, and others (Washington, DC)
-Bassist for Team Players, a jazz and avant-garde quintet of Brad Linde (Washington, DC), recording two albums.
“A crack rhythm section...rollicking swing” (Washington DC City Paper) “the best electric bassist I have ever played with” (Linde)
-Bassist and Musical Director for the award-winning Leeds University Big Band, running weekly rehearsals, writing arrangements. Performances at North Sea Jazz Festival, with the singer Liane Carroll, and on ITV
“…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
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00
Fee (30 minutes): £30.00
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