John Zappa works as a trumpeter and a drummer in a variety of styles with a variety of ensembles. His is a full time Lecturer of Jazz Trumpet and Theory at Northern Kentucky University, where he teaches trumpet, Jazz Theory, Arranging, Jazz History and Jazz Appreciation. John performs regularly with his trio, The Hitmen, and the award winning salsa band, Tropicoso. His album “Not Too Slow, Not Too Fast…” released in 2012, features john’s compositions in a trio setting and was well received by national critic, Scott Yanow.
John’s other professional credit include concert orchestras and pit orchestras; recording for various album projects which include the Grammy nominated “When Bullfrogs Croak” by Zach Morgan and “We Want the Funk” by Bootsy Collins for the movie “Undercover Brother”; jingles and cruise ship shows. John has written, produced and recorded music for other artists and for television. and film.
He performs frequently throughout the area with local greats such as Jim Connerley, Steve Schmidt, The Sleepcat Band, The Blue Wisp Big Band, Mambo Diablo and the Vintage Keys Project. John has performed a variety of concerts with headliners including Eddie Money, Wayne Newton, Leslie Gore, Sam Cooke and Frankie Vallie, in addition to jazz concerts with well-known artists including Joe Henderson, Clark Terry and Jeff Coffin.
John has taught at many summer band camps and master classes and has taught many private students, several of whom have gone on to successful college and professional playing experiences.
Learn more about John Zappa on his website: http://www.johnzappa.com/Welcome.html.