Monday, May 29, 2006

WorlBoy and the last couple of weeks

Hey all...Lots of stuff been happening. Did a concert with San Jose State University big band . Good band and man, the drummer had a hell of a pocket. The next day I did a lecture at the Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz on the history of the Jazz Trumpet. It was a mixture of playing tunes, talking about my experiences playing and backing up cats like Dizzy, Sweets and talking about various chop and equiptment techniques. Sue Crossman played piano and boy can she play some of the sweetest sounds around. Mucho thanks my dear for making me sound good with your happening work. I asked a singer to come up and sing with us and did she kick some serious ass! Her name is Nancy Pasterknack and I guess her main gig is that she's a free lance newspaper reporter. But can she sing!! Look out for her, she's the real deal.
On the weekend I played with Pete Escovedo at the Artichoke Festival in Castroville. Mike Galisetus was the other trumpet player. Mike is a old friend of mine and is a real MF of a tpt player. Great lead playing, soloing and a hell of a educator too.
Played a session for Hugo Wazinger for a project he's doing with Shanna Carlson. Hugo is one of the most musical souls on the planet. Going in tomorrow morning to finish up a solo at the end of the ballad he wrote.
Played the Carnival festival on 22th and Harrison this afternoon with Pete E. Great band! Louis Fasman, Melecio Magdaluyo, Dave Gregoric and John Calloway were the horn players. Louis always plays his ass off and today was no exception. His solo on La Cuna was happening. Dave held down the bone duties pretty damn well. Tasty solos from him, Melecio and Calloway. Hey, tomorrow is Wayne Wallace and Fred Berry's birthdays!!! Two of the greatest cats in the world. Hope your day is filled with some happening wine and company. Much love to you both.
Gotta go....Sayonara everyone. Have a restful memorial day!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Worlboy at the Kuumbwa May 17th

Here's an email I sent out to my trumpet students and buddies......Hope to see you there!!!! Hi Everyone,
I hope this email finds everyone in good health, spirits and tootin' thru the roof!
I wanted to let you know that I'll be doing a overview of the history of the Jazz Trumpet tomorrow night May 17th from 7-9pm at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. I'll be talking about some of my favorite players, telling stories of those I've had the fortune to play with and playing my horn a bit. Pianist Sue Crossman will be joining me and it should be a fun evening. The event is free to everyone and if you feel like it, bring your trumpet and jam a bit with Sue and I. Or just listen and enjoy the evening. For more information, click on the Kuumbwa Jazz Center link and I hope to see you all there.
Best Wishes,
John L. Worley Jr

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

WorlView live at Santana Row 5/9/2006

What a cool gig we had tonight. Geoff Roach of the San Jose Jazz Society Santana Row and Lexus had us perform as part of their Summer Jazz series. Lots of SJ Jazz society staff and members were there helping out and many, many friends showed up to support us and what a great party it was. Helping to make it happen was Barbara Christmann, Director of Education & Outreach for the jazz society and sound man/bass player Myron Dove. Both of them made the sound happening and it was so comfortable to play. That's important if you're playing with 7 cats and you're blowing the flugelhorn. Wayne brought out his Wagnerian Tuba for the gig and played a couple of tunes. I'm inspired! I'm bringing the Post horn to the next gig and I might even write a tune for us to go off on! Special thanks to Kristine M. Haskett, Director of Development, Madelyn Crawford, Membership Coordinator and Rubelyn Lardizabal, Event Planning. They helped out with CD sales and were there to answer any questions folks had about the SJJazz Society. My wife Susan came by and funny how when she shows up, I play better. It's because she's my better half! Quite a few of her friends came by, Sue Vincent, Maureen Fox, Cheryl Hopkins, David Brimmer and others. It is so nice to see all the familiar faces. Thank you everyone for supporting us. It means the world to all of the cats in the band. Oh yeah, my podcast is up and running. Go to and scroll down to part 1 and start there. You can hear my interview with Steve Marra and Bill Hedges from ApplauseCast. Great cats and we all had a ball making it. After you check it out, email me and let me know how you liked it. Gotta run...See ya all soon.
John (rabid blogger, as quoted in the SJ Mercury News)

Friday, May 05, 2006

WorlView at Santana Row

Hey Cats, May has been a interesting month! So far I've played a concert at Yoshi's with Jon Jang, sat in with Celia Malheiros there too. I was at Open Path Studios today recording with Ed Johnson and lo and behold...WorlView is playing live next Tuesday May 9th at Santana Row! Here's a description from the San Jose Jazz Society's emailing: April 25th started a 23 week series of free jazz concerts sponsored by Santana Row. The concerts will be from 6pm to 9pm every Tuesday from May 2 to September 26.This Tuesday, the John Worley and Worlview ensemble combine a master trumpeter and beautiful ballads with an interesting Blue Note style and a touch of Latin Jazz. John L. Worley Jr. is a musician, composer, and owner of Dancing Sumo Records. John is also a jazz educator and has been a member in many of the Bay Area's creative music ensembles. He is a coach and instructor at the Jazz Goes To College summer workshops, Smith Dobson Youth Jazz Festival, -Get Jazzed in-school workshops run by the San Jose Jazz Society and a member of their Musicians Advisory Board. John will be appearing at this year's Monterey Jazz Festival. San Jose Jazz PodcastsJohn Worley begins the first of a series of podcasts produced by Applause Cast and the San Jose Jazz Society.This weekend, the first podcast featuring John will be published at Scroll down to part 1 and then go to part 2.Come on down and check out why WorlView is one of my favorite bands to play with and is filled with some of my favorite people on the planet. Also, to see what else I'll be doing this month, go to my web site and click on the calender page. Hope to see you this coming Tuesday!!!! Peace, John