Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Fedchock, John (William)
Fedchock, John (William), trombonist, composer; b. Cleveland, OH, 18 September 1957. His parents are John Paul Fedchock (1922-2001), born in Elmira, NY, and Eugenia Louise Fedchock (b. 1924), born in Syracuse, NY. He has two siblings, Gale Roberson (b. 1955) and Mark Fedchock (b. 1959). He received a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) and a Bachelor of Music Education from Ohio State University in 1979. There, he also studied trombone with Joseph Duchi. At Eastman School of Music, he got a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media in 1985. At Eastman, he studied with Rayburn Wright (Arranging), Bill Dobbins (Jazz Theory), and John Marcellus (Trombone). He also had earlier studies with Phill Rizzo (Jazz Theory) at Lakeland Community College and Billy Lang (Trombone) of Cleveland.
John Fedchock established his career as a jazz trombonist in 1980 when he joined the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra. He toured with Woody's "Thundering Herd" for seven years, during which time he was musical director and a featured soloist. He also served as musical coordinator and chief arranger in the production of Herman's last two Grammy Award nominated albums 50th Anniversary Tour and Woody's Gold Star, and received critical acclaim from jazz journalists world-wide. Famed jazz critic Leonard Feather called him the "unsung hero" of Woody's 50th Anniversary Tour album and Woody said of Fedchock, "He's my right hand man. Everything I ask of John he accomplishes, and I ask a lot. He's a major talent." DOWN BEAT magazine stated that "it was the young blood of musicians like Fedchock that helped keep Woody Herman's last years musically healthy and growing." Fedchock still maintains a close association with the Herman orchestra, performing with the group on occasion and continuing to add his own compositions and arrangements to the band's library. Now an active performer and arranger in New York City, Fedchock is the leader of the New York Big Band, a 16 piece group comprised of alumni from major big bands and stars from New York's jazz scene.
Fedchock has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson's Big Band, the Bob Belden Ensemble and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls around the world. As a solo artist, he appears throughout the United States and has toured abroad as a guest trombonist/composer/ conductor. To add to his already diverse list of multiple talents, Fedchock is also a producer of note, and has lent his studio expertise to several recent recording projects. His keen ears have also led many artists to enlist him as mix producer or consultant, adding the essential finishing touches to their recordings' post-production. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Fedchock is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies. He also holds a master's degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is a clinician and soloist for United Musical Instruments/King Trombones and conducts seminars and workshops at colleges and universities across the country. Fedchock is a Trombone Chair for the International Association of Jazz Educators' Resource Team, and member of the board of advisors for the International Trombone Association. Many of his jazz compositions and arrangements are published by Kendor Music, Inc.
His professional experience has included stints with the John Fedchock NY Big Band (1988-present), Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (1998-present), Woody Herman Orchestra (1980 - present), Bob Belden Ensemble (1988 - 1992), Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band (1988), Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra (1988 - 1994), Louie Bellson Big Band (1988 - 1992), and the Dave Matthews Manhattan Jazz Orchestra (1996-present).
He has been an Educational Specialist/Clinician for United Musical Instruments (1989-present), Adjunct Faculty (Trombone/Jazz Studies) at the University Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA (1992-present) and has taught at Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops (1992-present).
Woody Herman: Live at the Concord Jazz Festival (1981), World Class (1982), 50th Anniversary Tour (1986), Woody's Gold Star (1987); Rosemary Clooney: My Buddy (1983); Richard Stoltzman: Ebony (1988); Bob Belden Ensemble: Treasure Island (1990), The Music of Sting (1991), Turandot (1992); Lew Anderson Big Band: Fired Up (1992); Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra: Evanescence (1994); John Fedchock: New York Big Band (1995), On The Edge (1998); Michael Davis: Absolute Trombone (1997); Kim Pensyl: In The Moment (2000); Bob Belden: Black Dahlia (2000); John Fedchock: Hit The Bricks (2000), No Nonsense (2002)
The Holly and the Ivy (Natalie Cole); Woody Herman's Big Band Celebration; Tony Bennett with Love; Big Bands at Disneyland (Woody Herman); Woodchoppers Ball (Woody Herman); Woody Herman Remembered (Woody Herman)
Film scores (in orchestra):
Cape Fear; Shaft (2001)
Appearance in DOWN BEAT magazine's Readers' Poll, categories of Trombone, Arranger & Big Band simultaneously. (1995-present)
Recordings in Downbeat's "Best CDs" Issues:
On The Edge & New York Big Band (Best of '90's),
Hit The Bricks (Best of 2000)
Grammy Award Nominated work:
Best Big Band Recording category -
50th Anniversary Tour (1986) and
Woody's Gold Star (1987) (Woody Herman) (Concord)
Musical Coordinator, Composer, Arranger, Featured Soloist.