John Lil John Lumpkin is an up and coming drummer through the jazz and gospel scene in the nation. He obtains a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida under the direction of Danny Gottlieb and Charlotte Mabrey. He also has received his Masters in Music from Florida State University under the leadership of Leon Anderson and Marcus Roberts.
John grew up in the pentecostal church and still plans to exercise his gifts there as well as other national venues. However, he says The chruch is the root of my zeal for music and forever shall be. His decision to become a professional musician came through an audition at Florida Community College of Jacksonvilles' South Campus. It was at this present time that band director Paul Weikle helped him to establish a future as a professional musician.
Through the grace of God John has worked with jazz artist such as:
Wallace Roney Marcus Printup Hironobu Saito Marco Panascia Jon Irabagon Kevin Bales Pat Bianchi Rodney Jordan Slide Hampton Delfeayo Marsalis Winard Harper Rufus Reid Wycliff Gordon Arturo Sandoval Ed Calle Nathan Davis Curtis Fuller Jon Reshard Lynne Arriale Stephanie Jordan
He also has worked within the gospel industry with musicians such as:
Calvin Rodgers George Spanky McCurdy Jeremy Haynes Kim Burrell Stephen Hurd, Pastor Lamar Simmons, Leon Timbo Lisa McClendon
Song writing compositions by John Lumpkin and his musicianship are outstanding!
- Marcus Baylor
John Lumpkin’s powerful playing and compositions truly shine...
- Rufus Reid
“For an experienced record producer, the mix of polished soloists engaged with a stellar rhythm section - led by the spectacular drumming of John Lumpkin - and supported by a fine-tuned and powerful, and cohesive wind section suggests opportunities to create a high-quality recording.”
- Ed Calle
The bottomline is that John Lumpkin is a musical tour de force and an exceptional musician that will lead us into the future of Jazz Music.
- Bunky Green