Having been born and raised in the Cincinnati area, John Zappa’s name and number is by now certainly on the call list of every band leader in the region. John has been playing professionally since the age of 18, and managed to complete both a Bachelors and Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati since then. When Brook Reindollar left the trumpet chair open, there was no question of the band wanting John to fill Brook’s shoes, only a question of weather John had time for the band.
Over the years, John has served as bandleader, sideman and/or composer/arranger for numerous ensembles. A short list includes Rich Uncle Skeleton, Solid Brass Quartet, The John Zappa Quartet, John Zappa Trio, Playhouse in the Park, Actors Theater of Louisville, Legends of Rock and Roll, Superstars of Rock & Roll, Steve Schmidt Trio, Jim Connerley Trio, The Van-Dells, River City Pops Orchestra, Musica Sacra Orchestra, Newport Opera Night Orchestra, The Blue Wisp Big Band and The PsychoAcoustic Orchestra. He has also performed with a list of artists that would ring a bell with even those not familiar with the Cincinnati music scene, including Eddie Money, Wayne Newton, Leslie Gore, Sam Cooke, Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins and Frankie Vallie, in addition to jazz concerts with well-known artists including Joe Henderson, Clark Terry and Slide Hampton.
As if his career as a trumpet player didn’t keep him busy enough, John is also an accomplished freelance drummer. Private instruction and his position at Northern Kentucky University teaching Jazz Appreciation round out John’s busy schedule.
John Zappa’s Discography:
Logan Sand – “Like It Or Not” (2006)
Tropicoso – “Un Cuento” (2005)
Bootsy Collins, Snoop Dogg – “Undacova Funk” (2003)
(Featured in the Movie “Undercover Brother”)
Zachary Morgan – “When Bullfrogs Croak” (2003)
Rich Uncle Skeleton – “Hidden Treasures” (2002)
Debora Locke – “For the Love of It” (1998)
Pidgin – “Let There Be Work” (1997)
David Wilcox – “Turning Point” (1997)
The PsychoAcoustic Orchestra – “Reactivation” (1995)
The PsychoAcoustic Orchestra – “Supreme Thing” (1994)
University Of Cincinnati, CCM Jazz Ensemble – “Carnival of Life” (1993)