Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band
Artist's BiographyHere's the story: Around the age of four, John took a couple of wooden spoons and started playing on a hat box. His memory of this is rather vague, but he does recall playing along to records on anything he could use as a drum. When John was eight, his mother arranged for him to start taking lessons. Even during his grade school days John was in the orchestra and played in small groups at various school functions. His first solo was performed for a PTA meeting playing the "Typewriter" song using a pair of brushes.
By the time he was 15, John was the drummer/leader of the Impacts, a popular St. Louis rhythm and blues band. Featuring his solo work, the Impacts won 1st Place in Search 66' and then went on to win in the "World Teenage Show" held in Chicago. The Ludwig Drum Company started sponsoring John after a company representative heard his energy, technique and style displayed in these shows.
Following his active duty with the U.S. Army Band, John formed the Little Big Band, which became the in-house entertainment at the Sheraton Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. After receiveing two standing ovations for one of his solos, famed band leader, Buddy Rogers, told the audience, "I use to have a pretty good drummer, Gene Krupa, remember him? Well, this young man is even better!" Frank Sinatra heard one of John's performances and later broungt in Harry James. Harry immediately hired John to be featured with his band.
In 1997, John joined the Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band. They've enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity and are now considered one of the top rated bands on the jazz circuit today. John's fiery big band drive and Krupa/Rich-style solo work continues to wow audiences and fellow musicians alike with his renditions of "Caravan", "Drumsticks Are Gonna Fly Now", "Drum Boogie", "Moocha Da Copa", and Buddy Rich's "West Side Story Medley".