John Rafferty hails from Rosemont, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. As a youth, John’s interest and love for music grew and he realized quickly that he had a gift for songwriting. He started playing guitar at age sixteen. After learning the guitar, John studied and became accomplished on bass, piano, drums, and harmonica. John found that this knowledge and experience as a multi-faceted instrumentalist helped him explore the depths of his creativity, and freedom in composing songs. Although accepted to the renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, John chose a private study opportunity that allowed him the flexibility to study with several teachers on multiple instruments.
John Rafferty has collaborated with Atlantic Records and RCA bassist/composer/arranger/producer Dave T; the phenomenal guitarist, Adam Rose; keyboardist Peter Farrell; and a host of other great musicians. John Rafferty has also worked with the very talented vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, Monique Canniere.
John’s musical influences are many artists in jazz, blues, funk, and rock, including Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Chic Corea, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, John Frusciante and Vincent Gallo.
John Rafferty’s songwriting blends the best of jazz, funk, blues, R&B, and rock, into a sultry, exciting sound, making for a fresh and fun listening experience that he hopes everyone can enjoy.
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.