John was drawn to JAZZ at an early age and became passionate about the music when he lived in Boston in 1976 and sat in the front row at the Jazz Workshop listening to the likes of Bill Evans , Jimmy Heath and McCoy Tyner on many occasions.
Though he remained on the fringe of the jazz scene, John' s work obligations took priority for the next few decades. It wasn't until the fall of 2006 that veteran bassist, Ross Cornelison asked him to fill in for pianist Stu Calhoon at their regular gig at Sam and Gabe's Italian Bistro. John worked semi-regularly with Ross for the next two years and has continued working at numerous venues with some of the talented bassists and drummers in Des Moines.
John loves the standard JAZZ repertoire - especially in a swinging, bluesy, hard bop style. He has tremendous respect for the jazz masters, both historically and those who still play "real JAZZ". John is grateful everyday for the joy of this music .
In addition to learning and playing, John loves to support all local JAZZ music, particularly by promoting it though the Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center. He founded the CJC Hall of Fame in 2001, administers the CJC website and updates that site on a regular basis.
Speaking of the Des Moines Art Center, John is also proud to serve as an honorary trustee of that great institution as his other great passion is contemporary ART. John also currently serves on the board of directors of Hoyt Sherman Place.
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