Profusely creative, highly energetic, sensitive and yet dynamic are a few words that describe the artistry of this extraordinary bassist.
Keyboardist Brian Simpson says, “JD is one of the top jazz/R&B bassists on the scene today… I can always depend on his great sound and musicianship.” Guitarist Matt Marshak says, ”John’s bass playing has been an integral part of my recordings and live shows. He brings an intelligent and deep musical perspective.Calvin Napper, drummer for MAZE featuring Frankie Beverly, describes him as “…gifted and talented…”. 2 time Grammy Award winning producer Cedric Thompson labels him as “…phenomenal…an asset…my GO TO guy…”. Saxophonist Mike Phillips adds “…one of the funkiest bassists that I’ve played with…”.
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, John was surrounded by music that helped shape his particular style of playing. John credits his early influences to his father. John’s musical journey started when he was eight years old. John gives credit to other heavy influences aside from family members such as Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, John Patitucci, Nathan East, Fred Hammond, and Joel Smith. They drove his growth, resulting in a deeper love and dedication to the art of being a bassist. When asked about his greatest influences, John’s response is always: “Too many to name and enough to keep me humble and always practicing.”
June 29th, 2015, John released his debut solo cd title “Let’s Ride” featuring smooth jazz artist that include Marc Antoine, Matt Marshak, Marcus Anderson, Art Sherrod, Jr and Lin Rountree. Let’s Ride has already been well received great accolades and continues moving forward within the genre of Smooth Jazz. “Let’s Ride”, delivers an auditory experience that finds its way down in your soul and moves every part of you.
John’s affiliation with such admired and respected artists is a true testament to his motto: “VERSATILITY, DEDICATION, EXCELLENCE and Groove = THE TOTAL BASSIST”.
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