Here's what the who's who of Jazz in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond have to say about John as a musician...
Ray Vega, The Bronx, 2002
"Finally the world gets a chance to experience the music of one Bay Area's best kept secrets. Worley has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 15 years as one of that area's first called trumpet players capable of doing it all. 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. The heart of a man who has paid his dues as a Journeyman. My favorite music is always performed by those that come from a place of maturity and experience. These are the true story tellers. Please do as I did. Take off your shoes, sit back, relax and enter into the musical journey called "Worlview". You'll keep coming back."
Nina Wood, Director - Rengstorff Arts Festival
"I love having Worlview 4.0 be a part of our Arts Festival!!! The band's exceptionally high level of talent as well as professionalism are a delight for our eclectic audiences. The group is so easy to work with and accommodating to our outdoor
venue. Your original work and the old favorites are exceptionally rendered and transport us from the cares of the world for one afternoon in the garden."
Tom E. Politzer, Lead Tenor, Tower of Power
"Telling a story, making a musical statement is something to often forgotten by artist, as they are too concerned only with their playing. Thank you John for reminding me, once again, what making music is all about."
Andrew Gilbert, Jazz Critic
"Worley has taken the inspiration that he's gathered from his vast array of experiences and distilled it into a series of clear and incisive statements."
Fred Berry, Director of Northern California Louie Bellson Orchestra
"John's playing and this project in general are a cut above the norm, and they will definitely hold your attention with their excellence."
Steve Swallow on John's performance with Carla Bley/ Steve Swallow Big Band at the 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival premiere of "Black Orchid"
"He tackled Carla's music with a perfect balance of sympathy for her intentions and determination to express himself. Only the very best players do this ... both render the writer's vision faithfully and enhance it."
San Jose Mercury News
"Brilliant Trumpet Player ... "
Phil Elwood, San Francisco Examiner
"Worley blew like the Fats Navarro..."
Michael Handler (Excerpt from review)
"Hopefully other parts of the country will soon get hip to this great local talent-and band- as the CD makes it’s way to other stations and Internet sites. “WorlView” deserves to be heard around the, well…world."