tenor and baritone saxophones
Originally from North Carolina, John Isley has lived in New York City for the past 30 years, weaving into the tapestry of the city’s vibrant music scene. An accomplished saxophonist,multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, arranger and studio engineer, John leads a multi faceted and always interesting career. As an instrumentalist, he’s performedwith artists as varied as Diana Ross, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Gary U.S.Bonds, The Allman Brothers, New York Horns, Little Feat, They Might Be Giants, Vaneese Thomas, Mary Wilson, Bernard Purdie, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, The Spinners, The O’Jays, The Four Tops, The Temptations and a multitude of others. Equally at ease in the theater pit as on the performance stage, John has performed and/or toured with the Broadwaymusicals A Night With Janis Joplin, Memphis, Hair, Hairspray, In The Heights, Movin’ Out, Five Guys Named Moe, and The Rocky Horror Show. John has written, performed and produced music for television and film, from CBS Sports and NBC News to daytime talk shows like Sally Jesse Raphael, Maury Povich and Oprah. His saxophone and woodwind playing has been featured on local and national television, as well as radio. John currently splits his time between gigs for worldwide music icon Diana Ross and the legendary New Jersey soul/rock band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, regularly
touring throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. John received his BFA in Jazz & Contemporary Music at The New School and his Masters in Jazz Studies from Queens College.