Origin: United States
Keyboardist and composer John Medeski started piano lessons at the age of 5. Discovering jazz through his father's record collection, he was especially impressed with piano legend Oscar Peterson. In his teens, Medeski cut his teeth with a trio called Emergency. While studying at the New England Conservatory, he sat on the Hammond B3 with Mr. Jelly Belly's Jazz and Blues Band. This epiphany led him to fully embrace New York City's bustling jazz scene. Teaming up with bassist Chris Wood and drummer Billy Martin, he formed influential trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. The outfit's exploratory endeavours made a mark on the contemporary jazz scene in the 1990s and 2000s. A versatile player, Medeski also collaborated with artists such as T Bone Burnett, Susana Baca and Dan the Automator.
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