Say his name in Charlottesville, VA and everyone knows who you're talking about. John D'Earth is a legend in Sokoband's hometown. John's Thursday night gig at Miller's has been going on for a couple of decades now, and his accomplishments in other musical spheres are legion.
He has performed and/or recorded with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Tito Puente, Bruce Hornsby, Quincy Jones/Miles Davis (Live at Montreaux), Dave Matthews Band, Emily Remler, Bennie Wallace, Harvie Schwartz, Eddie Gomez, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Bob Moses, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, John Scofield, and John Abercrombie, among many others.
He has composed and arranged music for the Kronos String Quartet, The Kandinsky Trio, The Charlottesville Chamber Festival, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Matthews Band, The San Diego, Atlanta, Richmond and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras, The University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble, The Great American Music Ensemble, and The Charlottesville-Albemarle Youth Orchestra. John has recorded as a leader for Vanguard Records, ENJA Records, DoubleTime Jazz and his own Cosmology label. Currently residing in Charlottesville, Virginia he is cofounder of the Free Bridge Quintet, is the music director for Thompson-D'Earth Band (with his wife, vocalist and composer Dawn Thompson), leads the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra, the jazz/poetry project and his own quartet/quintet.
As the director of Jazz performance at the University of Virginia, John teaches improvisation, jazz trumpet, and directs the UVA Jazz Ensemble. John D’earth’s career in music is documented in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, (Oxford Press) by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler.
John contributes trumpet parts to the horn section on "Coast to Coast" from Sokoband and "Joy of Love" from Soko:Two.