J.J. Wright's style cannot be easily categorized. Trained as a jazz improviser at the New School for Jazz in NYC, he's also passionate about sacred music. Palestrina and Bach vie with Monk and Cannonball Adderley as just a few of his harmonic and melodic inspirations. While with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Wright performed for the President—as well as several other high-profile diplomatic gigs—and with the Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro Bop Alliance, recording and performing with vibraphonist Dave Samuels. The album was nominated for a GRAMMY for 'Best Latin Jazz Album' and won the Latin GRAMMY in the same category. J.J. recently recorded his debut album of original compositions and covers from Jon Brion, Sufjan Stevens, and Phil Collins. He is joined by Nate Wood on drums and Ike Sturm on bass and released the album in conjunction with a U.S. tour in August 2014.
J.J. is Director of Music at the Church at Point O' Woods on Fire Island, NY. When he's not busy pursuing a DMA at Notre Dame's program in Sacred Music or or studying conducting with Carmen-Helena Tellez, he's a husband and father to three beautiful children.
The New York Jazz Record - Best Debut Record of 2014
Ted Gioia - The 100 Best Albums of 2014, #45
Under-the-radar jazz album that deserves your attention. - Ted Gioia
Something Else Reviews - S. Victor Aaron's Best of 2014
Uncommonly fresh and quietly inventive, Inward Looking Outward breathes new life
into the venerable ol’ piano trio without having to step outside to achieve that. A rare
achievement, to be sure. - S. Victor Aaron
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