Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Farnsworth, John, trombone and tenor saxophone; b. Columbus, OH, 10 November 1961. He was raised in a musical family. His father, Roger is a music teacher. His brother James is a saxophonist. His brother Joe is a drummer. John was raised in South Hadley, MA where he played first professional job with his father's small band at age 12. Soon after formed his first small group, Good Vibes, and was studying with local trombonist Charles Greenlee. Graduated High School from Interlochen Arts Academy in '79; BA from Rutgers University in '84; Masters from University of MA in '91.
Moved to NYC in 1984. Performances include: Slide Hampton and World of Trombones '83; Roberto Lugo '85; Frank Foster and Loud Minority '85; Louis Pericho Ortiz '85-87; Archie Shepp Attica Blues Band '87; Glenn Miller Orchestra '88-89; Artie Shaw Orchestra '91; and Toshiko Akiyoshi '91. He's had regular performances at Augie's Jazz Club (w/brothers James and Joe plus guests) '90-97; Illinois Jacquet Big Band '95-96; Super Blue Soca Band '93-present; Curtis Fuller Sextet '96-present; Smoke Jazz Club Monday nights w/special guests '99-present; Frank Lacy/John Farnsworth Quintet '99-present; Aretha Franklin Big Band 2000-present; and the Michael Carvin Quartet 2003. His favorite performers are J.J. Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Junior Cook, and John Coltrane.
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