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.
The Mo-Chi Trio is in the house on 12/6 at the Blackbird Tavern from 9-11:30pm. Murray Low, Ken Okada and myself are going to playing some trio Jazz....
And the Mo-Chi Quintet will be at Zone 8/Casino M8trix on 12/14th.
....Hope to see you there!
If you like trio jazz, fall by the Los Altos Grill Thursday 12/12 & 19th from 6-9pm and join Ron Karr, Frank Pasantino and I as well
play some of your favorite jazz standards......
On New Years Eve, I'll be playing with the Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra at the SF Jazz Center.....if you want to ring in the new year in style, get your tickets soon....
After Thanksgiving, I went up to Portland to play with Ron Howard and the PDX Brass at Jimmy Mack's on December 2nd. Ron is a
old trumpet playing friend of mine. You might have seen him at the "Cookin' at the Market" concert last month.....
I had the chance to meet and play with some great musicians there including trumpeter Paul Mazzeo. Paul is one of Portland's finest musicians and sounded stellar. Many thanks to trumpeter Ron Howard for setting up the event and keep an eye out for him coming down and presenting more of his work here in the Bay Area.
Wow... Our "Tribute to Billy Holiday and Harry "Sweets" Edison" played to a sold out crowd at the Mildred Owen Concert Hall in Pacifica on November 16th. The cats and Morning were in fine form and it was very special to see some many familiar faces. Our special guest Julie Smith along with her son Rick and his friend came by and we played our hearts out for them. It was a very special night...
My friend Jean Bartlett at the Pacifica Tribune wrote a very nice article/interview and I hope that you can take a moment to read it. Here's the link to it and enjoy......
The concert featured vocalist Morning Nichols, guitarist Jim Nichols, saxophonist Charlie Keagle, drummer Jason Lewis, bassist John Shiflitt and was dedicated to the memory of one of my dear friends and mentors, Allen Smith. I had the great fortune to mentor under Allen in the Rudy Salvini Big Band for 8 years. One sweet memory we shared was a concert we played together on with "Sweets" Edison back in 1993 for the SF Jazz concert, "Tribute to Louis Armstrong"
I have some other great news to share with you....David R. Hickman's newest book, "Trumpet Greats, A Biographical Dictionary"
This book is the single most comprehensive biographical volume of trumpet players from 1600 and includes the biographical entries of 2,200 players from around the world.
I have the great honor of being included in this wonderful historical work.
Thank You Mr. Hickman!!!!
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
*Friday, December 6th. 9-11:30pm
John Worley and the Mo-Chi Trio
200 S First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
*Saturday, December 14th. 8-11pm
John Worley and the Mo-Chi
Zone 8, Casino M8trix
1887 Matrix Blvd
San Jose, CA
"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