From his website bio:
John Handy — A Star Performer
John Handy has performed in the world’s great concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonic Auditorium, San Francisco Opera House, Davies Hall; the major performance venues including Tanglewood, Saratoga (NY), and Wolf Trap; and the pre-eminent jazz festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Pacific Coast Jazz Festival; and international jazz festivals at Montreaux (Switzerland), Antibe (France), Berlin (Germany), Cannes (France), Yubari (Japan), Miyasaki (Japan), among others.
His album and CD covers read like a who’s who of record labels – Columbia, ABC Impulse, Warner Brothers, Milestone, Roulette, Boulevard, Quartet (Harbor), MPS Records and many others. His most recent recordings are “John Handy Live at Yoshi’s” and “John Handy’s Musical Dreamland” (available only on Boulevard Records, Stuttgart, Germany), “Centerpiece”, and “Excursion in Blue”. Some of his earlier works have been reissued on CD – “John Handy: Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival”, “The Second John Handy Album”, “New View”, and “Projections”., He recorded with Sonny Stitt, and recorded nine albums with Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop.
In the early days he lived in the Fillmore district of San Francisco. You can hear him talk about those days in the KQED documentary about the Fillmore at http://www.pbs.org/kqed/fillmore/learning/people/handy.html . This is real interesting if you don’t know the story of the Fillmore district in SF and the what happened with SF redevelopment.
To hear his music check out his website at http://www.johnhandy.com/ and click on the media tab at the top.