Saturday, October 20, 2007

We're going back!! WorlView 4.0 Pac NW tour press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 1, 2007Media Contact: Matt Beasley650-400-4920mattbeas@aol.comhttp://www.johnworley.comJOHN WORLEY & WORLVIEW - 2nd PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOUR
Event Highlights: John Worley and WorlView 4.0

*Thursday, November 8th. The Cellar. 8:30 and 10:15pm
3611 W. Broadway St. Vancouver, BC V6R 2BS
$10 cover - (604) 738-1959 -

*Friday, November 9th. Egan's Ballard Jam House, 9:00pm
1707 NW Market St., Seattle, Washington
$10 cover - (206) 789-1621 -

*Saturday, November 10th. House Concert 7:00 PM
Burien, Washington. For more info email:

During November 8-10th, San Francisco Bay Area Trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso John Worley presents his second Pacific Northwest tour with his band, WorlView 4.0. Worley has assembled an all-star cast - including pianist Murray Low, bassist Tom Bockhold, drummer Paul vanWageningen and special guest artist, Jim Norton.

Joining Worley in Vancouver B.C. are renowned vocalist/pianist Jennifer Scott, bassist Paul Ruska and Dave Robbins on drums. WorlView plays a combination of straight ahead and Latin jazz from all ports in the America's as well as selections from the Great American song book. Although this is Worley's second experience touring the Pacific Northwest as a band 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, Dragon Boat Festival, Triple Door, Columbia City Theater, Crossroads Bellevue, Upstage Restaurant and Lounge, Jazz Project in Bellingham as well as The Cellar in Vancouver BC.
Worley received critical praise following his performance with The Carla Bley/Steve Swallow Big Band at the 2005 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." Steve Swallow noted "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 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 and others.

Worley's most recent performances with WorlView include: The 2007 San Jose Jazz Festival, concert/live recording at "Jazz at Filoli" 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.

Worley's future performances include concerts in Paris with the Worley/Lanson Project in the summer of "08", the release of his second CD - a quartet version of WorlView - and his third CD "WorlView 7.0 Live at Filoli" on his label, "Dancing Sumo Records" - a whimsical nod to his Japanese heritage.

John is an endorsing artist/clinician for Bach Stradivarius trumpets and Conn-Selmer INC, member of Musicians Union locals 6 & 153, BMI and the International Trumpet Guild.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Worl's review's and WorlView dates

Well, it's been awhile....Lot's of WorlView activity on the horizon. We're playing Sunday, August 12th at the San Jose Jazz Festival. We'll be going on at 6pm on the Smith Dobson Tribute stage.
Next we'll be playing at Filoli Mansion in their "Jazz at Filoli" series on August 26th and we'll be recording live that day. I'm particularly excited about this gig because of the recording and also, it might be the biggest audience we've played to since we started. At this point in time, it's almost sold out.
A couple of other notes, I'll be recording with Jim Norton in a couple of weeks. He's in the process of finishing his tentette and quartet recording. I can't to hear it when it's all said and done. Susan and I helped them celebrate their one year anniversary with their families. Congrats Kemi and Jimmy!
I'll be playing with the honorable Wayne Wallace Saturday, August 11th at the San Jose Jazz Festival. We'll be closing the Latin Stage that night and if you haven't seen that band live, here's your chance!
Anyhow, check in with my myspace page to see all of my upcoming dates with folks like Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo, Collective West Jazz Orchestra, Jamie Davis and others....
Here's something new...This is what I'm listening to at the moment in my 07 the bluetooth and sound system!
1. Phil Grenadier - PLAYFUL INTENTIONS, fresh sound/New Talent
Fresh, free and totally refreshing playing on Phil's second solo outing. Phil is a major talent that will be heard by many when he goes on tour with John Scofield next month.
2.Bobby Shew - CANCAOS DO AMOR, Torii records
Bobby goes in a totally different direction as he delves into the soothing sounds of Brazil. To quote the man himself, "I think we did something pretty for the people". This CD has been in my car since he gave it to me in May and that's where it will stay folks! Nobody plays the flugel as beautiful as Bobby. Sensei, you did it again!
Paul Tynan is on sabbatical in the SF Bay Area and I've had the extreme pleasure of playing with him twice already. Paul is another major talent in my opinion. I first heard him on Aaron Lington's release CAPE BRETON and his playing knocked me out. Shades of Kenny Wheeler, Don Cherry, hints of Scott Wendholt, Lester Bowie all put together to form a unique and highly stimulating approach for us to listen to. Plus he has one of the best flugel sounds in the biz....
5. Jennifer Scott - LIVE AT THE CELLAR
I first met Jennifer and her husband Rene Worst in Ed Johnson's band. Not only is she an accomplished pianist but a remarkable jazz vocalist as well. Not many sing with the heart she does and her scatting is above and beyond most I've played with. Jennifer's band includes Rene, Bill Coon and Dave Robbins. Everyone's playing is superb and the arrangements are very imaginative....Keep an eye out for her folks, she's the real deal!
6. Miles Davis - LIVE-EVIL. Columbia Records
Some of my favorite playing by Miles and I can say some of my buddy Matt Beasley's as well. No one plays the wah wah pedal like Miles and his strength allows him to go more than 10 rounds with the heavy mother f****** on this date. Keith J., Steve Grossman, and John McLaughlin to name a few totally shred!!!!
Check out these recordings my friends. Till next time, be well and hope to see you at one of WorlViews gigs coming up....

Sunday, June 03, 2007

WorlView 4.0 live at the Dana Street Roasting Co.

Hi Folks,
This coming Friday June 8th, WorlView 4.0 will be playing at the Dana Street Roasting Co. around the corner from my teaching studio in Mountain View. This is the place I go for an outstanding cup of java during my teaching hours. They have live music several times during the month and also a French conversation evening. Dana Street Roasting Co is located at 744 W. Dana Street. Mountain View, CA94041. The gig is from 8-10:30 pm and will feature Scott Sorkin on guitar, Tom Bockhold on bass, Curt Moore on drums and yours truly on trumpet and flugelhorn. Also joining us will be some of my advanced jazzers Akhil Gopal from Mountain View HS, Max Shulaker from Aragon HS (San Mateo), Brendan Liu from South San Francisco HS(South San Francisco) and a couple of other special guests. There is no cover but there will be a tip jar if you are inclined to contribute to the band fund and WORLVIEW CD's for sale.
We'll be playing selections from my CD WORLVIEW as well as new tunes that will be recorded live in August when WorlView 7.0 plays the "Jazz At Filoli" in Redwood City. The place isn't too big so be there early if you want a seat but regardless, plan on making this one. The band is swingin', the java is steamin' and we're looking forward to seeing and playing for y'all.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Uncle Mike RIP

Before WorlViews Pac NW tour I had some devastating news. My Uncle Mike finally after 2 & 1/2 years of his fight with cancer passed away. He had the most positive attitude and that kept him on the planet longer than what the docs originally told the family he had. He lived his last years with dignity, honor, faith and I'll never forget him. They had his funeral the Saturday of my tour and I dedicated our tour to his memory. I felt his spirit then and now. It's hard to imagine a world without my Uncle Mike and I feel for his family. His tribe is strong and came together and my aunt Denise is dealing with it with strength and grace. If I didn't know better, Mike, my dad John L and Uncle Dickie are up there playing poker, laughing and having a grand ol' time. I tip my glass and hat to you three. Love you all madly..........

WorlView 4.0 Pac NW tour part 2

Well, well.....Saturday we played at the Crossroads Bellevue and we saw more friends there. Jed Rodriguey from our days together with the 49er big band and the "Hooters From Hell" tour to London, England came by and his first word that arrived from his mouth was "Hooters". I knew it was him..... Frank Grijalva and Ron Howard from my days with the SF chapter of the McDonalds All City Jazz Band from 1985 fell by. Frank teaches in Bellevue at a private school and Ron is currently selling real estate but is rapidly reigniting his trumpet career as we speak. Jim and Kemi Norton as well as a few more family members came by and afterwards Kemi and Jim took the band out to dinner (thanks you two, it was delicious!!!). Matt Beasley who turned 40 years old today(5/31) at 10:30pm met up with us and from there we caravaned up to Bellingham. Farren and I dropped the guys off at their hotel and we landed at our dear friend Sharmon's pad and went to a party at her ex hubbys place. We had a fun time and much fine wine was consumed and then it was time to crash for tomorrow was a big day. Sunday, we gathered up the cats and had a fine breakfast at a restaurant next to Tony's coffee house and afterwards we hung out at Sharmons pad till the hit. We were playing at the Lucia Douglas Gallery, a small and intimate venue and after 2 days gigging, the band was on fire!!! That first set rivaled any gig I have ever played. We had such a blast playing & the audience knew it. They were a very hip crowd. Except for the ballroom dancer guy who told me our version of Visita Social was a samba and not a cha cha as I related to the crowd. Sometimes, people feel that it's important to give their "professional" opinion to us musicians as if we don't know our own material...I hope my smile and head nod was enough to appease you. Otherwise give me a call and I'll tell you what I really thought of your (for the lack of a better word) ignorant comment 650-740-7004. This was the only negative vibe I got the whole weekend from anyone. After the gig, Judd (the promoter for the Jazz Project) took us out to dinner at the Mambo Italiano. That place never disappointed me and is still one of my favorite places to chill and grind (Hawaiian for eating). A couple of hours later we packed it up and made our way back to Seattle where the cats flew out the next morning. Farren and I took back the rental van after we dropped off the equiptment and I left late that afternoon. Overall it was one of the greatest experiences I ever had. I want to thank Farren, Sharmon, Jim and Kemi Norton, Shelly Devlin, Kim Clarke, Matt Beasley, K-Dogg, Bob the sound guy at Crossroads Bellevue for doing an absolute bang up job with the PA, Mark from the Upstage for having us, Judd Sherwood for having us at the Lucia Douglas Gallery and anyone else who helped make this a happening and eventful weekend. We'll be back in November so look for us then.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Mother's Day concert with WorlView 5.0, Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo and Wendy Waller May 13 at the Little Fox

Hi Friends,
WorlView 5.0 has a very special gig coming up this month at a beautiful local venue.
On Sunday, May 13th at 7pm, WorlView 5.0 will be sharing the bill with Wendy Waller and Her Fine Band as well as Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo at the Little Fox Theater in Redwood City. The concert is called "MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS" and we'll be presented a myriad of styles from across the Americas. You can experience three very musical bands on the same bill for one ticket price. Show your appreciation for the special "Mom" in your life by treating her to this concert. An additional treat: playing with us will be my good friends guitarist Sebastien Lanson and drummer Curt Moore, the leader of Soul Sauce.

Here is the press release being sent out to the media and other music fans by BeasWa Productions:

Three brilliant musicians, Ed Johnson, John Worley and Wendy Waller, with music rooted in jazz, will take you on a journey across US borders and throughout the Americas. Guitarist/vocalist Ed Johnson and his Brazilian jazz octet Novo Tempo play Ed's songs and compositions, striking not just in their originality, but also in their loyal tribute to the best of Brazilian music. Trumpet and flugelhorn master John Worley and WorlView will take you on a soaring Pan-American, Pancaribe musical journey to Brazil, Cuba and back to the US Vocalist Wendy Waller and her Fine Band will take you through New York, New Orleans and to her California home for a soulful tribute to her favorite jazz and blues singers.
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.
Soul music runs in Wendy Waller's family. Critics often site Waller's ability to use her voice like an instrument. "Jazz was constantly in my ear," says Waller. "My dad played lots of jazz around the house... Making up melodies and scatting just came naturally. I improvised long before I studied improvisation."
Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo are a vibrant Bay Area original contemporary jazz ensemble with a Latin feel and a refreshing emphasis on harmony vocals and horn arrangements. Ed Johnson & Novo Tempo's music is evocative of Brazilian pop, but unlike anything you’ve heard before.

We hope to see you there!
Best Wishes,

John L. Worley Jr

Little Fox
2215 Broadway Redwood City, California 94063
Fox Theater Tel (650) FOX-4119 Fax (650) FOX-4129
Tickets $16 Advance/$18 at the door
Please contact the Box Office at (650) 369-4119 for tickets or show information. Tickets can also be reserved via email at Please send phone contact along with the Name, Date and # of tickets for the event(s) and we will call you for payment information. Little Fox is a 21 years old and above venue.

WorlView in the Pac NW tour...What a Blast!!! part 1

Ok, I have a moment to breathe and I really want to share some of my experiences with you while up in the Pacific NW. Good times were had by all of us and so many folks helped contribute it it. This blog will take up some space so it will come to you in a parts. I'll start at the beginning. I flew up to Seattle on Wednesday and took a shuttle to meet Farren. We drove back to Port Townsend and took care of some last minute details revolving around the gigs and my clinic with the Port Townsend HS Big Band. One important item of business was dinner at Lonza's. Man, what a great restaurant!!! 5 stars in my book. The salmon was fresh and delightful and the wine was beautiful. The next day, I gave a clinic with their big band at 7am. It's a daunting time of day to be spot on but true to form, I had them laughing 6 minutes into it and we cruised thru the next 3 hours rehearsing, sitting in and giving a brass clinic to their brass players as well as others from local schools. Kim Clarke really has those kids playing and I got to hear a really fine guitarist ( I can't remember his name but will find it and and let you know) and a pretty soulful trumpeter named Kevin "K-Dogg" Rubio. That dude played a pretty nice solo and was a nice cat too. Look for those two cats to serenade your ears sometime in the near future. I got to meet Shelly Devlin, a trumpeter from the Seattle area. She works for Ted Brown Music CO. one of the sponsors of my clinic along with Conn-Selmer INC. It turns out she studies with Allen Vizzutti, one of my all time favorite players at the University of Washington. I use a lot of his material in my teaching so you can imagine how much I grilled her on what it's like to study with the maestro himself. Allen Vizzutti, that cat is one of the most technically astute players in the world. I used to see him play in LA back in the early 80's. The next day, Farren and I drove back to Seattle to pick up the band and drove back to Port Townsend to play at the Upstage Restaurant that night. We stopped at Metropolitan Music and picked up the drums and bass amp and had a nice visit with the owner, Paul McVicar. He was very good to us and I know that when we come back up in November, we'll hook up again. So we packed up Farren's little Honda wagon and the Dodge van I rented with the equipment and the guys and we were off on our trip. I'm taking a breath for a moment and will continue in the next part.......

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

WorlView 4.0 Live in the Pacific Northwest

WorlView 4.0 will coming to the Seattle area next week!!!! Hope to see you at one of our gigs....
For more info, check out my myspace page.
WorlView 4.0 Pacific Northwest tour 4/27-29
Jazz Band Workshop at Port Townsend High School
WorlView 4.0 live @ Upstage Restaurant
WorlView 4.0 @ Crossroads Bellevue. Market Stage
WorlView 4.0 Art of Jazz Concert Series presented by the Jazz Project. Lucia Douglas Gallery

Saturday, March 24, 2007

"Music for Our Children" Benefit Concert and Auction

Well, tomorrow is the big night for CASA of San Mateo County. WorlView 7.0 and guest artists Kat Parra, Morning and Jim Nichols and Bennett Newell-Roth will perform at the "Music for Our Children" Benefit Concert and Auction hosted by a very worthwhile organization, "Advocates for Children". The event will be held at the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center in Woodside, CA and it runs from 6-10pm. Fred Berry and Jayne Sanchez will share the spot light as Masters of Ceremony. Jayne and Yvonne Kerno, operations manager from CASA, will be running the live auction.
Advocates for Children recruits, trains and supports volunteers who develop a personal relationship with children whose parents cannot or will not support them as parents normally do. These children often bounce from one foster home to another and have little continuity in their lives except for their advocate.
You can make a difference in some child's life by showing your support for this event. Whether you participate in the silent or live auction, purchase a raffle ticket or three and/or just come on down to share your good vibe with everyone there, it will show support to this fine organization and those who benefit from it.
If you make the effort to attend this event on Saturday, I will personally comp you or your family a pair of tickets. If you cannot come to the concert and you wish to make a donation,
please send it to: Advocates for Children, CASA of San Mateo County, 777 Mariners Island Blvd., Ste. 115, San Mateo, CA 94404.
Just mention to the folks taking the tickets that you are my guests and they will let you and a guest in free. I hope that you will come down, enjoy an evening filled with great music and bright hopes for all those who will benefit from your participation.
Best Wishes,
John L. Worley Jr
Musical Director for "Music for Our Children" and leader of WorlView 7.0

Woodside High School Performing Arts Center
195 Churchill Ave
Woodside, CA 94062

6:00pm - 6:45pm Silent Auction
7:00pm - 8:00pm Morning and Jim Nichols with WorlView 7.0
8:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation and Live Auction
9:00pm - 10:00pm Kat Parra, John Worley and WorlView 7.0 and closing song

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

WorlView 7.0 live at the Sanchez Art Center

WorlView 7.0 Live at the Sanchez Art Center.
Pacifica Performances hosted WorlView 7.0 last Saturday evening and what a great gig! Mildred Owens, Matt Beasley and Morning Nichols made this happen and thank you all. We even had an article written by Jean Bartlett that was in the Pacifica Tribune the Wednesday before. Nice writing Jean!!!
We had almost a hundred people there to see us. What an acoustically friendly place to play. It was very cool to see so many of my friends turn out. Kerry McCoy and Alta Gracia, Barbara and Steve Miller, Lionel Emde and Renee Batti, Kevin and Earl Johnson, Shawn Terry and Terri Derogatis, Jayne Sanchez, Lori Stotko and Stuart Nafey, Lyssa and a whole bunch more friendly faces. We started the evening with a Woody Shaw original, “Rahsaan’s Run”. We usually close the first set with it but I wanted the band to come out roaring and shake up the place. To open the second set, we played "Happy Birthday" as a cha cha for Stuart. It was his 55th birthday!!! Nice cake Lori....How come you didn't pop outta it?
My brother Richie and his squeeze, Amanda got a chance to get out of the house. They just had a baby girl two weeks ago and I dedicated the song, “Too Young To Go Steady” to them.
My wife Susan was there helping me out with CD sales and inspiring me to places I’ve never gone before. I always play better when she’s there. Thank you Baby!!!! We dedicated "Moon Alley" to her and Jayne Sanchez.
We played my tango “Last Tango In Delano” which is dedicated to my father John L. Worley. My father was a merchant seaman by trade and was a member of the Seafarers International Union. He was sent out to the Central Valley by the SIU to help protect Cesar Chavez and the farm workers who were picketing. This tune is for you Pop. It was commissioned by the Intersection For The Arts to be premeired at our deYoung Museum gig last Fall. Sebastien Lanson was here then and helped me put it together so he's the co-composer. Good work Sebastien.
From the WorlView library, “WorlView”, “Out Of The Night Came You”, “Moon Alley”, “Infra-Rae”, “Silent Heart”, “Visita Social”, Kwockasaurus Rex” and a few more came to life that night. The evening was a success and contributing to it was the sound man. (I think his name is Gary). What big ears you have, dude. He had it dialed in and I never heard the sound better there! Thank you man for that gift.
Well, we have a fun one coming up in February. WorlView 7.0 is going to be guests of the Stanford Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Fred Berry on February 28th. I'll be guest soloing on a few tunes with the SJO and WorlView will be featured on the 2nd set. We plan to play "Clapham Common" by Howard Cespedes, "Cape Breton" by Dr Aaron Lington, "Caravan" arranged by Wayne Wallace and "WorlView" also arranged by Wayne Wallace. Y'all should come out and help support their program. They are going to be touring Europe with Jon Faddis this summer. So come out and lend them your ears and cash. It cost a lot of ducats to get 20+ people out there. And believe me, they're worth every penny.
More to come soon...I promise. It's one of my New Year's resolutions....To blog and blog and blog.......Peace!!!

1st blog of 2007

Lot’s of stuff happened since my last blog back in November. Sorry it’s taken awhile to do this. It’s partially the curse of being a busy musician/educator.
In December, I subbed on a wonderful show called Christmas Dreamland for AMT (American Musical Theater). It was very challenging but a blast to play. I love playing a gig when you have to run the gamut in musical genres.
I played a couple of times at the Bleu Ginger/Lounge in Milpitas with my trio, WorlView 3.0. That place is starting to catch on in a big way. The food and ambience is great plus it’s one of last remaining venues to hear live jazz in the south bay. Sad….
I played a big band dance at the Elks Lodge in Alameda with my old friend and favorite band leader Rudy Salvini. His band is one of the last remaining professional dance big bands left in the bay area. He’s always got the best cats playing and most of them are from the era when there was live music everywhere.
Susan and I took a Moroccan cooking class, partied with friends at our pad and set up our tree just before x-mas. That’s part of our x-mas tradition.
On new year’s, Susan got a face painting gig in Reno at the High Roller’s party at Harrah’s. She got a moment to visit my good friend, Bob Biagi originally from South San Francisco. Bob plays flute and alto sax and drives a truck up there when he’s not jamming at a session or gig.
I was playing with the Pete Escovedo Orchestra at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. Robbie Kwock (Kwockasaurus Rex), Wayne Wallace, Dave Gregoric and Melecio Magdaluyo were on that hit. The band sounded great and we had a great time playing together.
On New Year’s Day, Susan and I were invited to our friends Dave and Shirley Deneau’s cioppino dinner and we had a blast!!! It’s an annual get together and it always kicks total butt. Shirley is the Queen of Foodies and always out does herself much to the delight of our tummies. Dave is a great tenor saxophonist and he sat in with me at the Bleu Ginger the other day and sounded marvelous I might add!
On the 3rd of January, Susan and I flew out to Wisconsin and spent a week with her family and friends. I have to say, Wisconsin is getting pretty hip. We enjoyed some pretty fine wine and cuisine and I even got a chance to sit in with a local favorite Dan, on guitar and vocals at the Elements Restaurant in Two Rivers. Susan and I met a very cool lady named Katherine Egger who convinced me to sit in. Originally there was supposed a jazz trio playing and I was going to sit in with them. But Dan was there instead and I didn’t want to get in his way. It took quite of bit of pressure from Susan’s brother Tom Tittl, Katherine and others to get me up there. But it worked and I played a bit for them. I had so much fun and as the night progressed it got crazier and wilder. There were conga lines, people jamming on percussion instruments and my God, Julie Tittl was dancing as if she were the lead in River Dance. It was wild, the wine was flowing and people were talking about this evening for days after. Mind you, Two Rivers is a sleepy burg of 31,000 and not too much happens there, especially in the winter. Which leads me to where was the snow? Trippy weather I might add. The only time it snowed was late one evening and there was a small sprinkle coming down and that disappeared as soon as the sun was out. Quite a change from all the stories I listened to about how cold it gets there in winter. I guess “old man winter” was vacationing in Florida and sent some of that sun back to WI.
We took a side trip to Green Bay and checked out the Packer Hall of Fame and Lambeau Field, also known as the “Frozen Tundra”. It was interesting checking out the exhibits and playing in the kid’s interactive area. But the coolest thing was wearing my 49er colors in their “hood”.
Naa na na na naaaaa!!!!!!
Well, we’re home now and my next blog will be focused on WorlView 7.0’s latest gig, live at the Sanchez Art Center presented by Pacifica Performances…Till then, asta pasta hombres.