John is an improviser and composer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He plays the double bass, bass guitar, musical saw and occasionally a dictaphone. Balancing a career as a session musician with an expansive creative practice, John funnels a lifelong engagement with jazz, funk, rock music, pop-culture and mysticism through the cracked vessel of the free improviser. He has performed and recorded with folk artists, jazz-fusioneers, free improv legends and at least one genuine rock star.
John currently runs a chordless jazz-quintet, playing music written and inspired by Ornette Coleman, as well as being one third of garage-jazz trio Archipelago and a co-founding member of vocal-led quartet The Lindsay Hannon Plus. He has performed and collaborated with artists including Roger Turner, Mick Beck, Rhodri Davies, Greg Spero, Field Music, Anton Hunter, Chris Biscoe, Mariam Rezai, Ed Carter and many others. Outside of performance John has worked extensively as an educator, as a lecturer at Newcastle University (where he completed and MMus in 2010) and as facilitator for Jazz North East’s ‘Improvisers Workshop’, where he leads monthly practical sessions in improvisation. He has also devised music and performance for multi-disciplinary theatre group Skimstone Arts and performed at venues and festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe.