, bass: was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he studied bass with Bill Huntington. Receiving a full scholarship to attended Loyola University of New Orleans, John performed with many of New Orleans greatest musicians at various venues including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He moved to the New York area to attend William Paterson University where he continued his studies under bassist Rufus Reid and received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Since that time John has lived in New York City and has become a highly in-demand bassist. He has worked along side such world famous artists such as Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Greg Osby, Kenny Wheeler, David Liebman, Fred Hersch, and Paul Motian. John worked extensively with the late Andrew Hill, and can be heard on Andrew Hill’s Blue Note release, “Time Lines” which was awarded “Record of the Year” by Downbeat’s Jazz Critics Poll in 2006. John leads his own group, Byzantine Monkey, and has been included in 2006 and 2007 Downbeat’s Critics Poll as “Rising Star Acoustic Bassist”.