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John Hébert

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John Hébert

John Hebert, bassist, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he first began to study double bass with Bill Huntington. John attended Loyola University of New Orleans where he received a full scholarship. After two years of performing with many of New Orleans greatest musicians and performing at various clubs including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival he moved to the New York tri-state area to attend William Paterson University where he continued his studies under bassist, Rufus Reid and received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Since that time John has lived in New York City and has become a highly in-demand bassist. He has worked along side such world famous artists such as Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, David Liebman, Uri Caine, Greg Osby, Bill Stewart, Marc Copland, Fred Hersch, Maria Schneider, and many others. He also leads his own group, Byzantine Monkey, and has received high praise for his compositions and individual playing style. He is also mentioned in Downbeat's 2006, 2007 and 2008 Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Acoustic Bassist”. From 2001 until Andrew Hill's passing in 2007, John worked with Mr. Hill in various ensembles. John is also featured on Andrew Hill's latest Blue Note release, “Time Lines” which was awarded “Record of the Year” by Downbeat's Jazz Critics Poll in 2006. John has also performed around the world at festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tampere Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Moers Jazz Festival, Ear Shot Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival and many others. He can also be heard in some of New York City's most established venues such as The Village Vanguard, Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Birdland, and the Iridium.

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Byzantine Monkey is a strong debut of a new band of old colleagues.
—David Ryshpan, Exclaim!

...music that engages the ear and teases the intellect...a depth of engagement that simply seems to elude a lot of contemporary jazz.
—Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com

First and foremost, Hebert has his own sound, not an easy accomplishment for a bassist. Big, rich, tones and a penchant for melodic lines (even in the most frenetic pieces) makes his playing stand out. Byzantine Monkey takes the listener out of the everyday world into a landscape of mature melodies, splendid musicianship and highly creative interplay. It's an aural landscape one can return to time and again, uncovering new paths to follow.
—Richard Kamins, Hartford, Courant

“Hebert's fractured ostinatos are a thing of wonder.” Chris May, All About Jazz on Andrew Hill's Time Lines (Blue Note)

“Hebert has everything one would want in a bassist, excellent time and tone, sensitivity as an accompanist, and good solos.”
—Paul Combs

“The answer lies in the syncopated, timed-just-right bomb-dropping and life-size sound of acoustic bassist John Hebert, a valuable asset.”
—Phil DiPietro, All About Jazz

“Hebert's bass, even when accompanying and providing harmonic and rhythmic support, feels like a contrapuntal voice.”
—Bud Kopman, All About Jazz

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