John Esposito

John Esposito

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Contemporary Jazz various ensembles.

Biography

John Esposito is an American pianist/composer/drummer/producer who works on a wide array of creative music projects. His technical skills and the range of his artistic palette extend across the stylistic boundaries of the Stride Piano, Swing, Bebop, Modal and Free Music movements. He has performed and recorded with artists including Nick Brignola, Dave Douglas, Dave Holland, Carter Jefferson, Franklin Kiermyer, Joe Lovano, J.R. Monterose, David “Fathead” Newman, Eric Person, Arthur Rhames, Sam Rivers, Roswell Rudd, Pharaoh Sanders and John Stubblefield.
John is the owner/executive producer of Sunjump Records. He has created music for theater, dance, film, TV commercials, and multimedia performance art. He is a music faculty member and Artist-In-Residence at Bard College and resides in New York State’s Hudson Valley.
After attending SUNY Albany John worked as house pianist at the Gemini Jazz cafe for several years leading his own group with guest soloists including Nick Brignola and John Stubblefleld and spent a year working in saxophonist J.R. Monterose’s band.
He moved to New York City in 1980 and met the phenomenal, young saxophonist/pianist/guitarist Arthur Rhames while playing on guitarist Steve Geraci’s Beat City label record date Aliqae Song with John Stubblefield and Rashied Ali. John worked in the Arthur Rhames Quartet for the next five years.
In 1985, John formed Second Sight – a quintet with trumpeter Dave Douglas, saxophonist Jeff Marx, and drummer Jeff Siegel They recorded Flying With The Comet in 1986, an album of John’s original compositions released on John’s independent label Sunjump Records followed by Tiger Tracks (1987). This five year period marked the beginning of John’s work as a producer and in addition to Second Sight’s music, Sunjump released a Jose Chalas record, Living On Avenue F and Marc Wagnon’s, Shadowlines.
Throughout the eighties John also worked with saxophonists Carter Jefferson, John Stubblefield, J.R. Monterose, Hugh Brodie, Greg Abate, Nick Brignola, Bobby Johnson Jr; Roswell Rudd, Beaver Harris, and many others.
In the 1987 John moved to Woodstock, NY and in 1989 formed the FM Artists Coalition with Saxophonist Erica Lindsay and bassist Anthony Cox. The group lasted three years beginning with a series of monthly house concerts, continuing with two years of co-productions with the Woodstock Guild in the Kleinert/James Gallery, culminating in August 1992 in a three day Jazz, Poetry and Visual Arts Festival at the Byrdcliff Barn. John produced 25 concerts for the FM Coalition and the 160 artists presented included Karl Berger, Tim Berne, Cindy Blackman, Baikida Carrol, Dave Douglas Tiny Bell Trio, Marilyn Crispell, Santi DeBriano, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Howard Johnson, and Wadada Leo Smith.
From 1990-92 John played regularly with the Glen Richmond trio at Fat Tuesday NYC, and solo piano at the Village Corner, Bradley’s, NYC and the United Nations Building.
Beginning in 1993 John began working with the groups of Franklin Kiermyer and Eric Person as pianist and arranger. He recorded four albums with Kiermyer : In The House Of My Fathers (1993 Konnex) with Dave Douglas and John Stubblefield ; the critically acclaimed Solomon’s Daughter (1994 Evidence) with tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and bassist Drew Gress; Kairos (1996 Evidence) with the saxophonists Sam Rivers, Eric Person, Michael Stuart; and Sanctification (1999 Sunship) with saxophonist Michael Stuart and bassist Fima Ephron.
Gigs included Sweet Basil, NYC with Joe Lovano, Eric Person and Drew Gress;
tours of the US including the San Francisco Jazz Festival at Yoshi’s in Oakland, California; the Panasonic Jazz Festival at the Knitting Factory, NYC; Lincoln Center, NYC; a ten concert tour of Canadian Jazz Festivals including Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.
John also played on four albums with Eric Person’s Meta Four beginning in 1996 with Eric’s More Tales to Tell (Soulnote) with Dave Holland and Gene Jackson.
Gigs included NYC club appearances at the Blue Note, the Knitting Factory, and Visiones; tours of Jazz festivals and clubs including the Montreal Jazz Festival; Fresno CA Billy Higgins Festival; Savannah Jazz Festival; Texaco Jazz Festival, NYC; Newport/Friehoffer Jazz Festival Saratoga Springs, NY; Detroit Ford/Montreux Festival; Newport Jazz Festival, NYC ; and the Bell/Atlantic Festival, NYC. Media performances included broadcast of the Detroit Montreux concert on Branford Marsalis’ Jazz Set on NPR.
John appeared on three more Eric Person CDs: Extra Pressure (2000) ; Live At Big Sur (2003); and Reflections (2006) with Dave Douglas and Kenny Davis. John toured with Eric Person’s Meta Four in performances at the Guimaraes Jazz Festival, Portugal; the Blue Note, NYC; Big Sur Jazz Festival; Blues Alley, Washington, D.C.; Savannah Jazz Festival, GA; Jazz Factory, Louisville, KY; the Brooklyn Academy of Music; dozens of clubs and concerts and wor

Discography

Year

Artist/Group

Title

Label
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1980

Steve Geraci

Aliqae Song w/ Arthur Rhames, John Stubblefield, Kit Potter, Charlie Knicely, Rashied Ali, Jeff Siegel, Fred Berryhill

Beat City - released 2009 Sunjump
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1981

Arthur Rhames Trio

Live from Soundscape w/Jeff Siegel

DIW
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1986

Second Sight

Flying With The Comet w/ Dave Douglas, Jeff Marx, Jeff Siegel, Fred Berryhill

Sunjump - released 2008
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1987

Second Sight

Tiger Tracks w/ Dave Douglas, Jeff Marx, Jeff Siegel, Fred Berryhill

Sunjump (upcoming 2012)
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1992

Ryan Kisor

MinorMutiny (composition only: The Invisible) w/ Ravi Coltrane, Lonnie Plaxico, Jeff Siegel

Columbia
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1993

Franklin Kiermyer

In The House of My Fathers w/ John Stubblefield, Dave Douglas & Anthony Cox, John Rojak, Chris Gekker, Dave Braynard, Dan Grabois, Eric St. Laurent, Tom Chess

Konnex
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1994

Pharoah Sanders/ Franklin Kiermyer

Solomon’s Daughter w/ Drew Gress

Evidence
1996

Franklin Kiermyer

Kairos w/Sam Rivers, Eric Person, and Michael Stuart, Dom Richards, Drew Gress

Evidence
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1996

Sangeeta Michael Berardi

Earthship w/ James Finn, Hilliard Greene, Peter O’Brien

Sunjump - released 2008
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1996

Sangeeta Michael Berardi

Calling Coltrane w/ James Finn, Hilliard Greene, Peter O’Brien

Sunjump - released 2012
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1996

Eric Person

More Tales To Tell w/ Dave Holland, Calvin Jones, James Finn, Michael Rabinowitz, Cary DeNigris, Gene Jackson

Soulnote
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1997

John Esposito

Book Of Five Rings w/ Jayna Nelson, Matt Schulman, Eric Person, James Finn, Tony Underwood, Hilliard Greene, Peter O’Brien
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Sunjump - released 2008
1999

Jayna Nelson
Bloom Of Creation w/ Matt Schulman, Francois Moutin, Peter O’Brien
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Sunjump - released 2009
2000

Jeff Marx

Great Unknown (composition only: Yellow)w/ Michael Jeffrey Stevens, Santi DeBriano, Jeff Siegel

Naugual
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2000

Eric Person

Extra Pressure w/ Carlos Henderson, E.J. Strickland

Distinction
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2003

John Esposito

Down Blue Marlin Road w/ Ira Coleman, Peter O’Brien

Sunjump - released 2006
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2003

John Esposito

The Blue People w/ Greg Glassman, Eric Person, Kenny Davis, Peter O’Brien

SunJump - released 2006
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2003

Eric Person

Live at Big Sur w/ Kenny Davis, Peter O’Brien

Distinction
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2003

Jeff Marx

Treading Air....... Breathing Fire w/ Ira Coleman, Peter O’Brien

Soluna
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2005

Rick Altman

Total Immersion w/ Mike DeMicco, Jay Anderson, Steve Rust, Jerry Gibbs

Silver Star Music Group
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2005

Eric Person

Reflections w/ Dave Douglas, Kenny Davis, Mark Johnson

Distinction
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2005

Jeff Marx

Dreamstuff (composition only - Blues for John Stubblefield, Little Elliot, Tumble, Interiors w/Jeff Siegel

Ayler
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2009

Mitch Kessler

Erratica w/ Ira Coleman, Peter O’Brien

Sunjump - released 2009
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2009

Marx/Siegel/Esposito

INYO w/ Jeff Marx, Jeff Siegel

Sunjump - released 2009
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2010

John Esposito

Orisha w/ Ira Coleman, Peter O’Brien

Sunjump - released 2010
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2010

Mitch Kessler

Der Erlkönig w/ Ira Coleman, Peter O’Brien

Sunjump - released 2011
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2011

Tahrir

Marx/Siegel/Esposito

w/ Jeff Marx, Jeff Siegel

Sunjump - released 2012