Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Paiva, John, guitar; b. Bristol, Rhode Island, 25 January 1943. In 1946, his family moved to Glen Cove, Long Island. His father John Mederios (Jack) Paiva (b. Saint Michaels in the Azores, 1910, died in Bristol, RI, June 1968) played country mandolin in "The Harmony Rangers", featuring Nick Dileo. They played gigs and had a weekly Sunday performance on a local radio station. His mother was Roseann G. Paiva (born 1920 in Glen Cove Long Island, NY, died November 2000 in De Funiak Springs, Florida). His brother, Robert Paul Paiva, was born in Bristol RI in 1939. He was in radio for 27 years at WPOP radio Hartford. Eventually, he became head of national promotion for Decca records. He's still living in Middletown, Connecticut. John's sister Patrica Mary Paiva was born Bristol R.I. 1941. She lives in De Funiak Springs, Florida. His other sister, Deborah Irene Paiva (born Glen Cove L.I. N.Y. 1953), died of M.S. in early 90s.
John started playing trombone at age 10 and switched to guitar at age 14. John learned while on the job. After leaving the Navy in 1964 he started gigging in the Boston area where he had the good fortune to work with many of the hit artists of the day. He also worked as guitarist with rock singers Jimmy Clanton, Bobby Rydel and Freddy Cannon. He also performed with Chuck Berry, The Drifters, The Four Tops, Bo Diddley, The Ronettes, and other blues and rock groups. He was bandleader for Herb Reed And The Original Platters. In 1970 he became guitarist/bandleader/singer with vocal group "The Happenings," where he enjoyed two #1 hits: "I Got Rhythm" and "Mame. In 1973 he became a member of "Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons." As a Season, he received two gold singles, one platinum and two gold albums. They toured Canada/ Europe/ Australia and New Zealand.
He left the Seasons in 1977 and worked the New York mountain hotel circuit as staff guitarist with former Buddy Rich pianist Micky McLaine. Following a European tour with Fats Domino, John relocated in Munich, where he makes frequent trips abroad to perform. He has worked with jazz alto sax great, Herb Geller, drummer Harald Ruschenbaum and his big band, and performs with his own group "Dirty Hands." John played as soloist with "The Munich Philharmonics", and in the pit band at the "Deutsches Theater" for Broadway-musicals "Evita", "La Cage Au Folles", snd "All That Jazz". He worked with cabaret artist Ron Williams as bandleader/arranger/composer and script-writer. He played in "Rendezvous Of The Clowns" at the "Residenz-Theater", in "Lieder Und Leute" with jazz singer Bill Ramsey, and in Munich's, "Lach-Und Schiess- Gesellschaft." John worked in England with: Bob Wilber, Kenny Weeler, bassist Rodford and jazz guitarist Jim Mullins.
"Dirty Hands" has played extensively around Germany. He is working on a book, and has guest lectured at "University Of Wisconsin" in USA.
In 1979 he was on tour in Munich Germany with Fats Domino when he met Margie Lutz. After the tour, he returned to see Margie. They married in 1981 while on holiday in Bristol R.I. They live in Munich, Germany. They have an adult stepdaughter, Sabina Lutz.
John Paiva Trio: Cranky (1991)
Albert C. Humphrey: Changing Times; Steve Hooks' band Too Cold: 66 Minutes Of Joy; The Four Seasons: Who Loves You/December 63 (1975), All This and World War Two (1976), The Greatest Hits (1976), Valli (1977), Helicon (1977); Jimmy Patrick and John Paiva: Puzzles (1981); Eddie Taylor: Mother Music (1981), You Are My Audience (1982); Ron Williams and Stephan Wald: Du Du Du / Under Four Eyes (1985); Rudi Mazc: French Horn Connection (1986)