Professor John
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Professor John

Panama City Beach, Florida, United States | SELF

Panama City Beach, Florida, United States | SELF
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""Big Hands" receives 3 Stars!"

The Professor makes a mighty ruckus on his new album "Big Hands"... - Downbeat Magazine, album review

"Big Hands Review"

"The Professor and his men throw some early rock and roll grit into the smooth souffle of New Orleans-style R & B. Think of Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino merging together to create a piano-pounding, but utterly suave, good time for all." -

"He's A Big Big Man"

"Watching pianist Professor John lead his band," Down Beat Associate Editor Dave Zaworski say, "you get the sense that the larger-that-life ivory pounder could go over the edge at any moment. Filled with energy, he attacks the piano keys, pummeling single-note runs with the force of a linebacker and nailing note clusters with his elbow. Away from the piano, he stomps on the stage until you think he might break a boot through it, cajoles women to join him in near debauchery and dances joyously around waving a skull staff in an effort to stir the well-oiled crowd...." - Dave Zaworski, Associate Editor, Downbeat Magazine


"Big Hands", recorded 2002, songs featured on many radio stations in Chicago and throught the US and Europe. Music from this album has also appeared in film.

"Mardi Gras in Chicago", recorded 2006, songs featured on Chicago radio with some international airplay.



Professor John has been a professional pianist, singer and bandleader for nearly 20 years. Originally from New York City, he has made his greatest mark in Chicago. For 10 years he has been musical director and primary performer for the Hugo's Frog Bar and Gibson's Steakhouse Restaurant Group. In addition, his band has performed throughout the midwest and has released three well-received albums full of original music recorded in a style of Rhythm and Blues that finds it origins in a synthesis of New Orleans funk and Chicago Blues. Fats Domino being his first great influence, the Professor's playing encompasses the music of many great New Orleans style pianists, however it is as a Rock-And-Roll piano player that he is most apt to bring a house down. With vocals somewhere between Ray Charles and Joe Cocker rounding out the Professor's show, you are guaranteed to be satisfied whatever the venue!

Whether performing as a solo player/singer in a piano bar, with his full band (or a portion of that band) or in the company of a female vocalist the Professor always puts on an entertaining and varied show; taking requests and covering a wide range of music still including the New Orleans and Chicago music of his roots, but also including all forms of Oldies, R&B, Classic Rock, popular jazz standards and even Disco and whatever else is asked of him!

Follow the YOUTUBE link at the bottom of this page, or copy and paste the address below into your browser for a taste of the various kinds of combinations Professor John can bring to your venue or event: