John Gray

John G.

Brooklyn, NY

About John G.

John teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: October 2011
Last sign in: Within two months


Since moving to New York City in 2005, John has been one of the most in-demand bassists and teachers in New York. John attended Manhattan School of Music, studying bass with Larry Ridley and Jay Anderson while studying piano and composition with Garry Dial and Richard Sussman.

After graduation, John formed a band called The Jazz Thieves, and has performed his original compositions with them. The Jazz Thieves have played extensively throughout the city at Spike Hill, Rockwood Music Hall, Tea Lounge, Flatiron Room, and the Greenpoint Gallery to name a few. Their first self-titled album was signed to Fervor Records. They have been featured on radio programs throughout the world, and continue to perform in NYC often.

As a teacher, John has taught piano, guitar and bass to students privately, as well as at Pelham Music Arts Studio in Pelham NY, Dea School of Music and Art in Staten Island, and New Canaan Music in New Canaan, CT. John has also worked at the Caedmon School and St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's schools, helping to produce their fall and spring concerts. John works with students to improve their musical skills, teaching them both important works from the past, and modern, popular songs. John's hopes to inspire confidence in the student's musical and life skills with his teaching method.

John also plays in many other projects. John has played jazz with jazz masters James Moody, John McNeil, and Wayne Bergeron. He also had played with with Jason Trachtenburg (of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players) and currently plays with Tim Cronin (of Camera Obscura/Freelance Whales/Los Campesinos) in his band Floating Compass, at venues such as the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, and Glasslands Gallery.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy working with each student to help them improve their musical skills and gain confidence. I like to focus on fundamentals, including music theory, proper instrument technique and reading written music. Music is supposed to be enjoyable, so I try to work with each student to find songs they like and help them learn the melody, chords, and theory behind their favorite songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, and Amplifier. I also have a nice weighted keyboard for Piano lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my upright bass for lessons on upright bass, or my guitar/electric bass/amp if needed. If the student has an instrument (and amp) of their own, it is always a plus.

*** Specialties ***
Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Piano, and Guitar
Jazz, Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Funk styles
Music Theory, Ear Training, Improvisation and Composition
Music Production
Music Business

Photos and Videos

A Clip from my senior recital at Manhattan School of Music


Guitar/Piano/Bass Instructor

Sep 2014 - Present
Pelham Music Arts Studio

Taught music lessons on piano, guitar and bass from students aged from 8 to 17.

Music Instructor

Apr 2014 - Present
Dea School of Music and Art

Taught piano and guitar lessons to students ages 4 to 17. Directed a glee choir, and taught a class on music history. Prepared students for a recital.

Music Instructor

Sep 2011 - Present
Private Studio

Worked with students to develop bass, piano, guitar, theory, and basic musical skills.

Taught students of all skill levels and ages, including young children.


Bachelor of Music in Jazz Bass Performance 2009

Sep 2005 - May 2009
Manhattan School of Music

Music Performance

Aug 2005 - May 2009
Manhattan School of Music

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency
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1 Review on John G.

Brandon S. Feb 18, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, patient and does a great job explaining technique and music theory. He's been great at helping provide the glue that ties my skills together.
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