JOHN L. WORLEY JR. trumpet/flugelhorn artist and leader of WorlView has been a member in many of the Bay Areas creative music ensembles for last 20+ years. Being adept at a multitude of styles, John has played with many national and international artists in Canada, Europe, Central and North America. WorlView, made it's debut performance at the 2004 San Jose Jazz Festival and recently played at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2006. His recording and performance credits include: WorlView 4.0 2007 Pacific Northwest tour, musical director for "Music For Our Children" fund raiser for Advocates For Children, guest artist performances with San Jose State University, University of Santa Clara, Stanford University and West Valley College, "Re-Birth of The Cool" project co-leading with Wayne Wallace at the Stanford Jazz Festival in 2006, Carla Bley/Steve Swallow Big Band and The Jon Jang Seven at the 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival, West Coast tours with Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo in 2003, 2004 and 2005, Maria Schneider and Ingrid Jensen at the San Francisco Jazz Festivals Women In Jazz concert series, Don Byron at the Monterey Jazz Festival 2002, Stanley Clarke at Yoshi's, Sam Rivers Big Band at the 2001 Stanford Jazz Workshop, Wayne Shorter Sextet and the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra at the 2000 Monterey Jazz Festival. John's debut CD WorlView was released in 2003 on his label, Dancing Sumo Records. John also produced Sebastien Lansons debut recording "In Transition", also on Dancing Sumo Records in 2004. John is a clinician/endorsing artist for Conn/Selmer Inc and plays Bach Stradivarius Trumpets.
"John's playing and this project in general are a cut above the norm, and they will definitely hold your attention with their excellence." Fred Berry, Director of Northern California Louie Bellson Orchestra
"Telling a story, making a musical statement is something too often forgotten by the artist as they are at times, too concerned with only their playing. Thank you John for reminding me, once again, what making music is all about" Tom E. Politzer Lead Tenor, Tower of Power
"Finally the world gets a chance to experience the music of one Bay Areas best kept secrets. Worley has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 15 years as one of that areas first called trumpet players capable of doing it all. Whether playing lead, or soloing in the bop style or sharing his vast knowledge with his numerous students, John brings a fresh approach to it all. This CD covers styles from straight ahead jazz, to Afro Cuban and all ports in between. Worley's music is from the heart. The heart of a man who has paid his dues as a Journeyman. My favorite music is always performed by those that come from a place of maturity and experience. These are the true story tellers. Please do as I did. Take off your shoes, sit back, relax and enter into the musical journey called "Worlview". You'll keep coming back-" Peace, Ray Vega, The Bronx, 2002
"Brilliant Trumpet Player ... " - San Jose Mercury News
WorlView 4.0 Pacific Northwest press release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2007
Media Contact: Matt Beasley
JOHN WORLEY & WORLVIEW - PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOUR
Event Highlights: John Worley and WorlView 4.0
*Thursday, April 26th. Jazz Band/Trumpet Workshop.
Port Townsend High School 637 H Street Port Townsend, Washington 98368
Presented by Conn/Selmer, Ted Brown Music and the Port Townsend Music Boosters.
*Friday, April 27th. Upstage Restaurant, 08:00pm
923 Washington St. Port Townsend, Washington
*Saturday, April 28th. Crossroads Bellevue, Market Stage 02:00 PM
NE 8th at 156th Ave. NE. Bellevue, Washington
*Sunday, April 29th. Art of Jazz Concert Series presented by the Jazz Project. 04:00 PM
Lucia Douglas Gallery, 1415 13th Street. Bellingham, Washington 98225
Trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso John Worley has enjoyed a lengthy career as one of the great hidden gems in the San Francisco Bay Area jazz community. But in a situation uncommon for mid-career musicians, Worley's star is quickly on the rise. This April, he presents his first Pacific Northwest tour with his band, WorlView. Worley has assembled an all-star cast - including pianist Murray Low, bassist Tom Bockhold and drummer Paul vanWageningen. Worley's impressive trumpet/flugelhorn skills combine sophisticated intervallic jumps with a warm, rich tone and undeniable lyricism.
Although this is Worley's first experience touring the Pacific Northwest as a leader, the
trumpeter is no stranger to the area. Over the years, he has performed at many Pacific Northwest venues such as the Earshot Jazz Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival with Jon Jang and the Pan Asian Arkestra. He has also performed at the Triple Door, Columbia City Theater and also the Jazz Project in Bellingham, as well as Corey's Jazz Cellar in Vancouver with Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo.
Worley received critical praise following his performance in 2005 with The Carla Bley/Steve Swallow Big Band at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Carla Bley had nothing but praise for Worley's performance: "John played 'The Black Orchid' as if I had written it for him. Like a great stage actor, he made the part his own. Until further notice, he owns it." "Several of the most remarkable jazz players choose to remain 'local,' " Swallow says: "This means they'll be effectively ignored by the international press. John Worley is as fine an example of this as springs to mind. He tackled Carla's music with a perfect balance of sympathy for her intentions and determination to express himself. Only the very best players do this ... both render the writer's vision faithfully and enhance it."
In 2006, Worley's ascent in the jazz world continued with his first headliner appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. This came after 13 appearances as a sideman with artists Don Byron, Wayne Shorter Commission Orchestra, Bobby Hutcherson, Jon Jang, Asian American Orchestra, Wayne Wallace's Rhythm and Rhyme, Rebeca Mauleon, Full Faith and Credit Big Band, Wally Schnalle and others.
Since then, The Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco commissioned him to compose and perform two works to highlight a special Chicano exhibit at the deYoung Museum. Worley also performed as a guest artist with the West Valley College Jazz Orchestra and the Stanford University Jazz Orchestra. He recently lectured and adjudicated at the Smith Dobson Jazz Festival sponsored by the San Jose Jazz Society and at San Jose State University for the California Music Educators Association conference. Worley's most recent performances with WorlView include: Pacifica Performances music series and the "Music for Our Children" fund raiser/charity benefit for the Advocates for Children non-profit agency. He served as the musical director for this event in addition to performing.
After his Pacific Northwest tour, Worley will continue musically surging forward with several performances from the Bay Area to as far away as Paris, France. In May, John Worley and WorlView will participate in a special concert, "Music Without Borders" with guest artist Sebastien Lanson. Summer performances include concerts in Paris with the Worley/Lanson Project. Worley will be recording his second CD live in the famous gardens of the "Jazz at Filoli" concert series in late August on his label, "Dancing Sumo Records" - a whimsical nod to his Japanese heritage.
For now, John Worley focuses on presenting his band WorlView to a knowledgeable and dedicated jazz audience in the Pacific North West. From sideman to a leader in his own right, John Worley's profile rises steadily every passing moment. As much as his listening audience enjoys the fruits of his labor, perhaps no one will enjoy the moment as much as John Worley.