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John Shifflett (2003)

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John Shifflett almost received an M.A. in music from the University of Iowa, where he also taught Jazz Studies and directed big bands. He is currently an instructor at San Jose State University, teaching bass and small ensembles. He has done countless studio sessions ranging from radio and TV jingles to jazz and country and pop recordings. His show business experience includes tours with Frankie Avalon and the Ringling-Barnum & Bailey circus, several seasons with the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and many engagements with stars such as Dinah Shore, Mel Torme, Jerry Lewis, Dionne Warwick, the Smothers Brothers, etc.

His primary focus, however, has always been jazz. He has performed with the likes of Dave Liebman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Red Holloway, Ernie Watts, John Zorn, Kim Richmond, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Norma Winstone, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, John Stowell, Harold Land, Kendra Shank, and others. In the Bay Area he can be heard with Boz Scaggs (and CD), Eric Crystal, the Mike Zilber/Steve Smith quartet (and CD), the Scott Amendola Band (and CD), the Taylor Eigsti Trio (and CD's), the Paul Nagel Trio (and CD), the Dave MacNab Trio, Ann Dyer & No Good Time Fairies (and CD's), the Will Bernard Quartet (and CD), Anton Schwartz (and CD's), Ray Brown's Great Big Band, Ben Goldberg, Tim Volpicella (and CD), and many others.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Bobo Stenson Reflections The Enlightener (ECM)
# 2 Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Erghen Diado ("Song of Schopsko") (Elektra/Nonesuch)
# 3 Herbie Hancock Speak Like a Child Goodbye to Childhood (Blue Note)
# 4 Brad Mehldau Trio Progression: The Art of the Trio, Vol. 5 The More I See You (Warner Bros)
# 5 Aaron Copland Copland Collection: Orchestra and Ballet Works, 1936-1948 Fanfare for the Common Man (Sony)
# 6 Miles Davis Nefertiti Nefertiti (Columbia)
# 7 Nickel Creek Nickel Creek The Fox (Sugar Hill)
# 8 Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Blackbird/Word of Mouth (Warner Bros)
Book Richard Adams, "Watership Down"
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