John Shifflett

John Shifflet

Office: MUS 187
Phone: (408) 924-4660

Professor John Shifflett is an instructor of bass, small ensembles, and jazz history. He almost received an MA in music from the University of Iowa, where he also taught Jazz Studies and directed big bands. As a professional bassist, he has done countless studio sessions, ranging from radio and TV jingles to jazz and country and pop recordings. His show business experience includes tours with Frankie Avalon and the Ringling-Barnum & Bailey circus, several seasons with the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and many engagements with stars such as Dinah Shore, Mel Torme, Jerry Lewis, Dionne Warwick, and the Smothers Brothers.

His primary focus, however, has always been jazz. He has performed, toured, and recorded with the likes of Dave Liebman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Red Holloway, Ernie Watts, John Zorn, Kim Richmond, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Norma Winstone, Boz Scaggs, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, John Stowell, Harold Land, Kendra Shank, and others. He can be heard in an eclectic variety of musical situations in the Bay Area, including Christian Tamburr (and CD), Shay Salhov, Myra Melford, Eric Crystal, Mike Zilber (and CDs), Scott Amendola (and CDs), the Taylor Eigsti Trio (and CDs), the Paul Nagel Trio (and CD), the Dave MacNab Trio, Ann Dyer & No Good Time Fairies (and CDs), the Will Bernard Quartet (and CD), Anton Schwartz (and CDs), Ray Brown's Great Big Band (and CD), Ben Goldberg, Tim Volpicella (and CDs), and many others.