John Bishop

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: April 5, 1959    

“One can hear many influences in Bishop’s playing, including more than a touch of Elvin, but he is clearly an original voice…” - Percussive Note

One of the primary voices in Northwest Jazz for 30 years, drummer John Bishop has performed in concerts and clubs with Bobby McFerrin, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, Benny Golson, George Cables, Kenny Werner, Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joanne Brackeen, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Joe Locke, and countless others. Along with numerous jingle, film-score, demo & multi-media recording sessions, he’s appeared on more than 90 albums including sessions involving Rudy Van Gelder & Teo Macero, and a Grammy-nominated recording on RCA with singer Mark Murphy. Bishop was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008....
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Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, 2008
JazzWeek "Label of the Year," 2009
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    Nothing if Not Something

    Origin Records
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    John Bishop Plays His Guitar(Doesn't He)

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    Bishop's Whirl

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”Deft-limbed, wildly eclectic, and renowned for his sympathetic ear, Seattle drummer John Bishop is a veritable jazz-renaissance man who, besides founding his own label (Origin Records), has supported legends such as Bobby McFerrin, Carla Bley, and Slide Hampton.” -Bumbershoot Festival Guide

“On this adventurous, open-ended trio outing, the Seattle-based drummer and founder of Origin Records forges an extraordinary, freewheeling chemistry with kindred spirits Jeff Johnson on bass and Rick Mandyck on alto sax. A ubiquitous figure on the northwest jazz scene, Bishop's first recording under his own name runs the gamut of dynamics from a spacious, hymnlike cover of Curtis Lundy's “Orange Blossom,” underscored by Bishop's ultrasensitive brushwork, to an off-kilter funk number, Johnson's “Hurt Brothers,” fueled by the drummer's insistent, slamming backbeats.” -BILL MILKOWSKI (JazzTimes Review of “Nothing if Not Something”)

Primary InstrumentDrums

LocationSeattle, WA

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundPrivate teaching for 35 years. Former faculty at the University of Washington.

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