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John Isley

"We saxophone players spend a lot of time in  pursuit of a “voice” on the instrument. We spend a lot of time
dissecting the unique voices of the great masters and emulating them trying to unlock their  magic and
absorb a bit for ourselves. Then we move on to finding our own, unique voice.
The ultimate pursuit in the great hunt for THE ONE mouthpiece that fits you is to find a  mouthpiece that
allows your  “inner sound”  - the sound you hear in your  head when you think in  saxophone - to come forth with  effortless ease. I’ve owned and played some fantastic mouthpieces throughout my career. But with Aaron’s “Stubbie”, I feel I’ve found the mouthpiece that was made for my  voice. I’m attaining  MY  sound,  without compromise. With  effortless response and a  wonderful depth  of nuance and array of color; from post-bop to funk and soul, I just love the way this mouthpiece plays.
Find your voice, too. Play a Drake..."



Originally from  North Carolina, I’ve lived in New York City for the past 27 years. I’ve loved this city  from the first time I set foot in it, and I cannot imagine living  anywhere else. It really  is the center of  the universe – at least for me.

I’m a musician – multi-instrumentalist, composer, studio rat – and a diehard technology geek. I’ve spent many  years honing my craft and even spent a couple of those teaching technology for  Apple. My curiosity knows no bounds. I love the pursuit of knowledge and mastery for its own sake. Getting paid sure helps

I am  a fan of cold beer, good wine, great food, engaging books and stimulating conversation, and have been known to go well out of my way  in pursuit of some combination or other of these things. My  current
worst bad habit is golf. It’s the game that reminds me why  I’m  a  musician  and not a professional athlete. And it keeps me humble. VERY humble…

I’ve performed with a litany  of well known  as well  as shockingly anonymous bands and musicians over the years. The highlights have been gigs with  Southside Johnny and the Asbury  Jukes, the Allman  Brothers, Little Feat, Levon Helm, Mary  Wilson, Bernard Purdie, Reggie Workman, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, and They Might Be Giants; right alongside dozens of others.

It’s just as likely you’ll find me toiling  away in anonymity  in the pit of a Broadway  show. I’ve worked on and/or toured with  Memphis, Movin’ Out, Hairspray, Grease, In the Heights, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show and Five Guys Named Moe.

For those who care for such things, I hold a Master’s degree in jazz performance from Queens College (part of City College, The City University  of New York) and a Bachelor’s degree in  jazz & contemporary music from The New School  for Social  Research, New York. I also teach EWI concepts and music technology in my studio in New York.

My current gig is saxophonist for the legendary Jersey soul/rock band Southside Johnny  & the Asbury Jukes.  www.southsidejohnny.com. My other favorite pursuit is my organ quartet, Humblebrag, which plays classic soul jazz right alongside original material.

I am proud to be a RICO Artist, a Drake Mouthpieces Artist and Cannonball Saxophones Artist.