John L Worley Jr. is a well known jazz musician, trumpeter and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. His love for jazz and in particular, the trumpet, permeates his work and life. Find out more about his musical contributions and upcoming shows here.
Fall is here but the weather seems to be getting hotter and hotter! Keeping with this trend on Saturday, October 11th it’ll be pretty damn hot in Pacifica with the Return of Zooma Zooma, featuring Vise Grip, Kat Parra and musical director and trumpeter Johnny “Da Lip” Worley….
Zooma Zooma is a gregarious eight piece band that pays tribute to the music of Louis Prima and Keeley Smith. Louis and Keeley reigned mightily during the days when swing was king in Las Vegas and every joint was jumping to songs like “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, Hey Boy, Hey Girl” and many others…..
Zooma Zooma will be swinging at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall in Pacifica at 7:30pm. Zooma Zooma is Vise Grip, Kat Parra-vocals, John Quam-piano, Nils Johnson-bass, Wally Schnalle-drums, Kristen Strom-sax, Larry Leight-trombone and moi……For more info go to: www.pacificaperformances.org
We hope to see you there.
Johnny "Da Lip" Worley
P.S. Here’s a link to an article about the concert in the Pacifica Mercury News. www.mercurynews.com/pacifica/ci_26682175/pacifica-performances-presents?source=email
September 20th I'll be playing at the Monterey Jazz Festival with my long time friend Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra. Joining Pete will be Louis Fasman, Melecio Magdaluyo, Murray Low, Marc Van Wageningen, Peter Michael and Juan Escovedo and Joel Berhmen.
MJF holds a special place in my heart because of all the great concerts I've had the fortune to be a part of there. I've played there with Wayne Wallace (2xs), Wally Schnalle, Jon Jang, Jamie Davis Big Band, Mike Vax and the Alice Arts Center Big Band, Full Faith and Credit, Tribute to Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Don Byron, Carla Bley/Steve Swallow Big Band, WorlView (I'm very proud of that concert with my band) and a few others that escape my memory at the moment.
On another note, on October 12th I'm going back to the studio to finish up the last three tunes for my next CD entitled Naivasha. I have Mo-Chi cats Murray Low, Ken Okada, Wally Schnalle, Scott Sorkin as well as Doug Pohorsky, Amy Dabalos and Jackie Gage. I'm hoping to finish it for it's release early 2015......More info to come...
The Mo-Chi Sextet featuring Tod Dickow, Kristen Strom, Murray Low, Wally Schnalle, Ken Okada presented the Miles of Blue Project on Sunday, 3pm on the Silicon Valley Stage located in the Fairmont Hotel. We had a standing room only crowd and the band played wonderful. My goal was to bring to the concert the same feel and atmosphere that one would experience sitting in their living room, sipping a glass of wine, relaxing to the sounds coming from their sound system and getting lost in the music. Judging by the standing ovation at the end, mission accomplished!!!
I dedicated the concert to my friend, former teacher/mentor Bill Resch who had passed a couple of days before. I was able to see him a couple of days before and told him how much he meant to me and how he influenced my playing thru mentoring and friendship.......Bill taught me back in the mid 70's when I first became acquainted with the San Jose scene.....We had a lot of fun listening to Freddie Hubbard, playing to Abersold records and just being trumpet buds. He's one of San Jose's finest treasures and helped a lot of us fledgling players out.
Thank You Bill for all of your love and support through the past 40 years.......
Also, if you haven't seen it yet, check out the San Jose Jazz 25th Anniversary Commemorative Book. Massimo Brett Chisessi who put it together gave me a shout out...Thank You Massimo!!!!!
I hope to see you at this fine event that features many talented regional, national and international artist this weekend...
Keep an eye out in my calendar for my upcoming gigs with Pete Escovedo's Latin Jazz Orchestra at the Monterey Jazz Festival and Filoli Gardens, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Wente Winery and the Green Center in Rohnert Park as well as new dates with Lila Downs at The Fillmore, Villa Montalvo Gardens Theater and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
The Mo-Chi Cats (Murray Low, Ken Okada, Doug Pohorski, Wally Schnalle and moi went into the studio in July and laid down 5 new tracks for our new CD, Naivasha. We'll be back in the studio to finish it up in September.....More info coming.....
*Here's some info about some fun gigs that we did earlier in the year
On Thursday, June 12th. 6-8pm I played a Solo Trumpet performance for the Alan Rath Exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Modern Art. He created a kinetic robotic sculpture that reacted to motion. It was a lot like improvising with modern dancers. It was a career highlight for me. I improvised for 90 minutes while the exhibit reacted to the movement around it. This was made possible by San Jose Jazz and the museum.
On Wednesday March 26th, We participated in a class held at SF Jazz. The class was part of the series "The Great Bandleaders". Our class in the series was Miles Davis. Cory Combs was the host and they drew a very insightful and inquisitive audience. Cory did a wonderful job presenting a overview of Miles and his various groups from 1947 to the early 70's. We played "Move" from the Birth of the Cool, "So What" and "Blue in Green" from Kind of Blue, "Nardis" and "I Fall In Love Too Easily". I had Murray Low, Wally Schnalle, Aaron Lington and John Shiflitt with me and when you bring together cats like this, all is right in the world and on the bandstand!
On Sunday, March 2nd at 7:30pm, The Mo-Chi Sextet presented “Let’s Get Lost: The Music of Chet Baker”. This concert featured vocalist Amy Dabalos, saxophonist Dave Deneau, bassist Doug Pohorski, drummer Wally Schnalle, pianist Murray Low and Moi.
We had a full house (4 seats shy of selling out) and it was great to play for so many friends, family, students and their parents. It was great to see new faces in the crowd and to be able to get to know a few of them afterwards.
Many thanks to those who sat in with us. Brooke Dabalos (Amy’s twin sister) did some scat singing with Amy and I and on the last tune, “Juicin’ at the Hedley” we had a tribe of trumpeters sitting in paying tribute to the memory of Chet. Joining us was Michael Carder, Brenda Johnson, Sammy Rojas, and Beni Ran. Special kudos go out to the Mo-Chi guys including special guests Amy Dabalos and Dave Deneau. Amy is a rising star on the scene and keep a eye out for her. She’s the real deal….Dave channeled Zoots, Getz and threw in his two cents throughout the evening. Doug Pohorski was solid like Paul Chambers, Murray was Murray…a total artist and my favorite pianist. Wally showed everyone why he’s one of the best drummers anywhere…And I got to play the way my heart sings…Truly one of the best concerts I ever had the pleasure of being a part of….
This August I became a Yamaha Performing Artist. Many thanks to my friends Diana Tucker (West Valley Music) and Rich Welker (Bronstein Music) who helped me join the ranks of so many gifted players. Yamaha is one big family that I'm very happy to be a member of.
I've been enjoying playing my Yamaha Trumpet NY model and 8315GS flugelhorn on all my gigs and can't wait to get out there and do a few clinics and sing the praises of my favorite horns....
Lot's more exciting things coming up so be sure to check in for more details....
"From the moment I laid eyes on the cover of the Readers Digest Treasury of Short Stories with Louis Armstrong on the cover, I was aware that trumpet playing was what I would do for the rest of my life. For a shy kid, the thought of going anywhere in the world and having people understand me through music was intoxicating. I’ve been playing ever since then."
John L. Worley Jr. 2003
John L. Worley Jr. 2003
"Finally the world gets a chance to experience the music of one Bay Area's best kept secrets... Whether playing lead, or soloing in the bop style or sharing his vast knowledge with his numerous students, John brings a fresh approach to it all. Worley's music is from the heart..."
Ray Vega, The Bronx, 2002