John D'earth

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John D'earth
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Background information
Born (1950-03-30) March 30, 1950 (age 67)
Holliston, Massachusetts United States
Genres Jazz, hard bop, post bop
Occupation(s) Musician
Labels Vanguard Records
Associated acts Bruce Hornsby Dave Matthews Band Brian Jones Jae Sinnett
Notable instruments

John D'earth (born March 30, 1950) is an American post bop/hard bop jazz trumpeter born in Holliston, Massachusetts who has appeared on recordings by Dave Matthews and Bruce Hornsby as well as recording a number of CDs on his own. He currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.


D'earth attended Harvard University briefly only to drop out and pursue his musical career. In his early years he played in Bob Moses' innovative bands. He co-founded the group Cosmology (Vanguard Records) with bandmates drummer Robert Jospe and singer Dawn Thompson (whom D'earth later married.) His is also known for his work with musicians such as Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, Dave Matthews Band, and Emily Remler.[1] D'earth is the Director of Jazz Performance at the University of Virginia as well as the artist in residence at Virginia Commonwealth University. D`earth was also the music teacher at The Tandem school in Charlottesville Va at least from 82-85, and influenced many of his students while also teaching them to step out of their comfort zones and experience many musical styles they wouldn't have otherwise. [2]

He plays Thursday nights in downtown Charlottesville at Miller's with other musicians including: JC Kuhl, Pete Spaar, Jamal Millner, Devonne Harris, Brian Caputo, Wells Hanley, Adam Larrabee, Brian Jones, and many others. He also plays at Fellinis No. 9 every first Saturday of the month with Devonne Harris (drums), Bob Hallahan (Piano), and Pete Spaar (Upright Bass).

In addition to being a prominent jazz figure in Charlottesville, John can be found making frequent appearances with younger up-and-coming players as well as older mainstay musicians alike in the Richmond, Virginia area.


On (2013)

  • Yo, Susannah
  • What Woody Do (Adam's Vamp)
  • Prelude II
  • Outside Insight
  • Market
  • Goodbye Secret King (for LeRoi Moore)
  • Lady on a Train
  • We Shall See
  • Water Is The Blood of Earth

When the Serpent Flies (2006)

Mercury (2001)

Restoration Comedy (2000)

  • Howard Curtis - drums
  • Mike Richmond - upright bass
  • Mulgrew Miller - piano
  • Jerry Bergonzi - sax

Thursday Night Live at Millers (1998)

  • Dawn Thompson - vocals
  • Jeff Decker and Bobby Read - saxophones
  • Wells Hanley - piano
  • Jamal Millner - guitar
  • Pete Spaar - upright bass
  • Robert Jospé - drums
  • guest Doug Bethel trombone
  • produced by Greg Howard


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