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John Bishop

Born: April 5, 1959    Primary Instrument: Drums

John Bishop

“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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Awards:

Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame, 2008
JazzWeek "Label of the Year," 2009
”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”)

Airegin Revisited
Hal Galper Trio
Origin Records
2012
Urban Nightingale
Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters Group
Origin Records
2012
Trip the Light Fantastic
Hal Galper Trio
Origin Records
2011
Humble Origins
Wellstone Conspiracy
Origin Records
2011
Silent Photographer
Scenes
Origin Records
2011
Imaginary Sketches
Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters Group
Origin Records
2011
Constraints & Liberations
Thomas Marriott
Origin Records
2010
Reunion
Hadley Caliman/Pete Christlieb
Origin Records
2010
Motives
Wellstone Conspiracy
Origin Records
2010
E Pluribus Unum
Hal Galper Trio
Origin Records
2010
Rinnova
Scenes
Origin Records
2010
Dark Wood, Dark Water
Chad McCullough
Origin Records
2009
Of Things Not Seen
Jeff Baker
OA2 Records
2009
Shade
Richard Cole
Origin Records
2008
One More Mile
Brent Jensen
Origin Records
2008
The Cool Season
Marriott/Anschell/Johnson/Bishop
Origin Records
2007
Furious Rubato
Hal Galper/Jeff Johnson/John Bishop
Origin Records
2007
Both Sides of the Fence
Thomas Marriott
Origin Records
2007
Shopping For Your Heart
Jeff Baker
OA2 Records
2007
More to the Ear than Meets the Eye
Bill Anschell
Origin Records
2006
Along the Way
Scenes: Stowell/Johnson/Bishop
Origin Records
2006
Nothing If Not Something
John Bishop
Origin Records
2006
Trios
Brent Jensen
Origin Records
2006
Triskaidekaphobia
Ben Thomas
Origin Records
2005
Individuation
Thomas Marriott
Origin Records
2005
Monologue
Jeff Baker
OA2 Records
2005
My Many Moods
Amy Stephens
OA2 Records
2005
Hope Is In The Air: The Music of Elmo Hope
New Stories
Origin Records
2004
Mallet Jazz
Tom Collier
Origin Records
2004
Modern Jazz: A Collection of Seattle's Finest Jazz
Various Artists
Origin Records
2004
Portal
Deardorf/Peterson Group
Origin Records
2004
Art of the Groove
Brent Jensen/Rob Walker & New Stories
Origin Records
2004
In A Sense
Daughters of Joy
SB Productions
2004
Where Do You Start?
Don Lanphere
Origin Records
2002
Winter: An Origin Records Holiday Collection
Teuber/Peterson/Johnson/Bishop
Origin Records
2002
Yasukuni Terashima presents "Jazz Bar 2002"
Various Artists
DIW Records (Tokyo)
2002
"The Heart of Coree - in Cool Jazz"
Various Artists
Synnara Music (Korea)
2002
The Story of You
Dave Irish
DIM, Inc.
2002
Christmas in the Northwest, Vol. 5
Various Artists
Friendly Voice
2002
Home At Last
Don Lanphere & New Stories
Origin Records
2001
Still Life
Lynn Bush w/ New Stories
Origin Records
2001
Scenes
Bishop/Johnson/Mandyck/Stowell
Origin Records
2001
Ways of the Hand
Marius Nordal
Origin Records
2001
Remembered Faces, Private Places
Ben Black
Origin Records
2001
The Mystagogue
Ben Thomas
Origin Records
2000
The Piano: A Collection of Seattle’s Finest Jazz
Various Artists
Origin Records
2000
Repertoire: A Collection of Unforgettable Piano Jazz
Various Artists
Universal Music Group
2000
Speakin’ Out
New Stories w/ Ernie Watts
Origin Records
1999
Souvenirs
Michael Gray/Pearl Django
Modern Hot Records
1999
Simply Jazz
Wendy Schumacher
Foot Print Records
1999
Love You Madly
Margo Murphy
Rainmakers Records
1999
Get Happy
Don Lanphere/Pete Christlieb
Origin Records
1998
Twisted Christmas
Twisted Tunes
Atlantic Records
1998
Notoriety
Marius Nordal
Origin Records
1998
Reminiscing Harry, vol. 2
Fred Radke
Lancelot Records
1998
Compositions Coast to Coast
Chuck Bergeron
A Records
1998
Then
Jay Mabin
Double Identity Records
1998
Reminiscing Harry, vol. 1
Fred Radke
Lancelot Records
1997
Spinning World
Gunnar Madsen
G-Spot Records
1997
In a Mellow Tone
Ben Black
Cha Records
1997
Song for the Geese
Mark Murphy
RCA/BMG
1997
Don Still Loves Midge
Don Lanphere
Hep Records
1997
Remember Why
New Stories
Origin Records
1997
Now...Here...This
Denny/Mandyck/Johnson/Bishop
Origin Records
1997
Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit: Live at the Old Town
Bishop/Mandyck/Johnson/Teuber
Origin Records
1997
A Glance Back
Richard Cole
Origin Records
1997

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Primary Instrument:
Drums

Location:
Seattle, WA

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Private teaching for 35 years. Former faculty at the University of Washington.

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