John's passion for music goes back to his early childhood. His dad sang and played guitar and both parents listened to all kinds of music around the house. John started to play the electric bass in his early teens and started on the guitar not long after. In college he majored in music and began a serious pursuit of jazz guitar with great instruction from professor David Schiff and guitarist Dan Faehnle. After graduation he became a member of Portland's great jazz scene with help from people like bassist Ed Bennett, drummer Ron Steen and buddy and classmate Dave Weinstock, also an excellent drummmer.
John moved to New York after several years of enjoying the scene in Portland. He found himself playing gigs in clubs, on boats, in the street, etc., both on guitar and upright bass. In NY he took up the chromatic harmonica and played that on gigs to mix it up. He got to play a lot with great friend and pianist John Coates. He earned a Master's in jazz from the Manhattan School of Music and got a lot of inspiration from his fellow students, professors, and private instructors Jack Wilkins and Chris Rosenberg.
In 2003, after several years in New York, John moved back to Portland with Yuko. Its been a pleasure for both of them to play with the great musicians here as well as to do gigs together as a duo.