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John Worley

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John L. Worley, Jr. is an accomplished trumpet / flugelhorn artist and leader of the bands Mo-Chi Quartet, WorlView, and Bari Bari. John is also an engaging and accomplished educator who teaches with enthusiasm, humor, and insight to a wide range of ages, experience levels, and proficiencies.

For the last 30+ years, John has played in many of the San Francisco Bay Area's creative music ensembles, as well as on over 70 audio recordings and videos. Being adept at a multitude of styles, John has played with and backed up national and international artists in North America, Canada, Europe, and Central America such as Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Don Byron, Wayne Shorter with the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra, Carla Bley / Steve Swallow Big Band, Wayne Wallace, Jon Jang, Asian American Orchestra, Dave Pell Octet, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Malo, and most recently, Lila Downs. His bands Mo-Chi Quartet, WorlView, and Bari Bari have participated in several music series and festivals including the San Jose Jazz Summerfest and Winterfest, Monterey Jazz Festival, SF Jazz “Hotplate” series and “Clock Tower” series, Stanford Jazz Festival, Pacific Northwest tours, Earshot, Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, Pacifica Performances series, “Jazz Katsu” fundraiser for Tsunami aid for Japan, Yoshi’s Night Club, Intersection For The Arts in San Francisco, and the Sonoma Jazz Festival. John’s international performances include the Montreux Jazz Festival, Verona Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Zelt Musik Fest, Dragon Boat Festival, Du Maurier Jazz Festival, and appearances in Paris with guitarist Sebastien Lanson.

John is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a member of the music faculty at: Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, San Jose Jazz Educational Programs, and Hope St. Music Studios in Mountain View, CA. He is a member of BMI, American Federation of Musicians Local 6, and also the International Trumpet Guild. In 2013, John was included in David Hickman’s book, Trumpet Greats, a biography of 2,200 trumpets players from the year 1600 to the present.

WorlView, John's debut CD, was released in 2003 on his label, Dancing Sumo Records. He also produced jazz guitarist Sebastien Lanson's debut recording, In Transition, also on Dancing Sumo Records in 2004. John is releasing two CDs in 2014, Miles of Blue, a recreation of the legendary recording Kind of Blue, and Naivasha, which features his original works, performed with guitarist Sebastien Lanson and the Mo-Chi Quartet.