John Heard has worked almost constantly in the jazz world, for over four
decades appearing on over 150 albums and working with Benny Carter,
Rashan Roland Kirk, Hampton Hawes, Tete Montoliu, Oscar Peterson, Wes
Montgomery, Cal Tjader, Willie Bobo, the Gerald Wilson Big Band, Freddie
Hubbard, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Milt Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald,
Ahmad Jamal, Kenny Burrell, the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Big Band, the
Louis Bellson Big Band, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Art Pepper, George Cables,
Harold Land, Frank Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Pharaoh Sanders and others.
John is an accomplished jazz bassist and visual artist whose works display a
mastery of form and improvisation.
He began playing the bass at the age of fourteen and while still in High
School in Pittsburgh at the age of sixteen he began his professional career in
a band with Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Booker Ervin on sax, J.C