John Worley

and the Mo-Chi Ensemble

Saturday, April 20, 2024
7:30 PM

John L. Worley, Jr. is an accomplished trumpet/flugelhorn/post-horn artist and leader of the bands Mo-Chi Ensemble, WorlView, Bari Bari and co-leader of the Loco Moco Jazz Orchestra.

John is also an engaging and accomplished educator who teaches with enthusiasm, humor, and insight to a wide range of ages, experience levels and proficiencies.

John has played in many of the San Francisco Bay Area’s creative music ensembles, as well as on over 80 recordings and videos. Being adept at a multitude of styles, John has played with and backed up national and international artists in North America, Asia, Europe, and Central America such as SJZ Collective 2018 and 2019 Asia Tours, Gregory Porter, Jamie Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Don Byron, Wayne Shorter with the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Carla Bley and Steve Swallow Big Band, Seth McFarlane with the San Francisco Symphony, Wayne Wallace, Jon Jang, and the Pan Asian Arkestra, Dave Pell Octet, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Lila Downs and many others.

John is a member of the music faculty at: Stanford University in Stanford, CA; Hope St. Music Studios in Mountain View, CA; and a faculty member of the San Jose Summer Jazz Camp. He is a member of San Jose Jazz, BMI, American Federation of Musicians Local 6 and the International Trumpet Guild. In 2013, John was included in David Hickman’s book, Trumpet Greats, a biography of 2,200 trumpet players from the year 1600 to the present.

John is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays the Yamaha YTR 9335NYSII, YTR 751 trumpets and YFL 8315GS flugelhorn.

The Mo-Chi Ensemble members are pianist Murray Low, bassist Ken Okada and Wally Schnalle on drums. They will be playing original compositions by John Worley and members of the Mo-Chi Ensemble including “Yosano”. This is a composition by John, who was awarded a San Jose Jazz, “Jazz Aid-Fund” for this work. Yosano is the hometown of his late mother, Hana Konishi Worley located in the northern Kyoto Prefecture of Japan. The trip to his late mother’s hometown and meeting relatives for the first time, inspired John to dedicate this song to her memory.