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​​​​​JAZZ BAND

​​John’s Jazz Band (duo, trio, quartet) is a versatile jazz combo formed in 1995 featuring some of the finest jazz musicians in Central New York. The group performs a unique upbeat mix of music which encompasses a wide spectrum of jazz and contemporary music styles including swing, classic jazz, bebop, smooth jazz, traditional jazz, Latin, blues, modal, ballad, pop, rock, blues, R&B and reggae.

The combo performs ​jazz standards from the Great American Songbook including the music of Burt Bacharach, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Lerner and Lowe, Henry Mancini, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, and Jimmy Van Heusen. Classic jazz compositions include the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath, Sonny Rollins, and Charlie Parker. Smooth jazz compositions include music recorded by Kenny G, Euge Groove, Boney James, and others. Pop, rock, fusion, and R&B compositions include the music of Chuck Mangione, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Hornsby, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Lennon and McCartney, Bonnie Raite, Sade, Steely Dan, Sting, James Taylor, Grover Washington Jr., Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, The Zombies, Ed Sheeran and others.

John’s Jazz Band has performed more than 1000 professional engagements throughout Central New York including winery and restaurant engagements, cocktail hours, wine tastings, rehearsal dinners, fundraisers, jazz festivals, jazz concerts, private events, library concerts, and corporate functions.

The group has performed at many of Central New York's premier performance venues including Anyela’s Vineyards, Turning Stone Steakhouse, Owera Vineyards, Greenwood Winery, The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles Country Club, Mirbeau Inn and Spa, Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Syracuse Suds Factory, Stones Steakhouse and many others. They are regular weekly performers at The Blue Water Grill in Skaneateles and Bistro Elephant (Lemon Grass) in Syracuse. John’s jazz band client list includes some of the most prestigious companies and organizations in Central New York.

Instrumentation
Duo - Tenor saxophone, Keyboard
Trio - Tenor saxophone, Keyboard, Drums or Bass
Quartet - Tenor saxophone, Keyboard, Drums and Bass

Favorite Musicians
Keyboard - Greg Barone, Andrew Carroll, Jimmy Cox, Dino Losito, Rick Montalbano
Bass - Tom Brigandi, Peter Chwazik
Drums - Steve Curry, Jimmy Johns, Mike Melito