John Shifflett

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John Shifflett
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John Shifflett playing Double Bass at the Cafe Stritch in San Jose, California
Background information
Born(1953-03-22)March 22, 1953
Dubuque, Iowa
DiedApril 27, 2017(2017-04-27) (aged 64)
San Jose, California
Occupation(s)Musician, arranger, educator
InstrumentsDouble bass, Bass guitar
Years active1970's-2017
LabelsOA2 Records

John M Shifflett (March 22, 1953 – April 27, 2017) was an American jazz musician, player of the double bass and also an arranger, composer, and educator, with his last teaching job at San Jose State University.[1]

Shifflett was born in Dubuque, Iowa,[2] attended High-School at Dubuque where he played trombone and began playing bass (see at Sing Out Dubuque, John Shifflett playing his own composition on bass, January 8th 1971), and graduated in 1976 with a BS degree from Iowa State University.[3] While at the University of Iowa, where he was working on a Masters degree, Shifflett was its big band and its jazz combo bass player, appearing at festivals such as the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festivals in April 1979[4] and in March 1980.[5]

Shifflett moved to San Jose in 1987, as his wife Bethany was offered a tenure-track position at San Jose State University.[2]

Shifflett played in several notable acts, including[6] Frankie Avalon, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Dinah Shore, Mel Torme, Jerry Lewis, Dionne Warwick and the Smothers Brothers. According to his bio by OA2 Records and his San Jose State University profile, Shifflett performed and recorded with key jazz artists such as 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 and Kendra Shank. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Shifflett played with Christian Tamburr, Aaron Lington, Paul Tynan, Shay Salhov, Myra Melford, Eric Crystal, Mike Zilber, Scott Amendola, the Taylor Eigsti Trio, the Paul Nagel Trio, the Dave MacNab Trio, Ann Dyer & No Good Time Fairies, the Will Bernard Quartet, Anton Schwartz, Ray Brown's Great Big Band, Ben Goldberg, Tim Volpicella, Jason Lewis, Scott Barnhill, Aaron Wolf and Tim Lin.


With Anton Schwartz[edit]

With Audrey Martin[edit]

With Gabriela Mendes[edit]

With Jim Norton Collective[edit]


With John Stowell/Michael Zilber[edit]

With Christian Tamburr[edit]

  • 2011: Places (Double Bass)

With Juliet Green[edit]

With Larry Dunlap[edit]

With Kristen Strom[edit]

With Aaron Lington Quintet[edit]

With Laurie Antonioli[edit]

With Michael Zilber[edit]


With Michael Zilber and Dave Liebman[edit]

With NLS Trio[edit]

With Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington[edit]

With Patrick Cress' Telepathy[edit]

With Sandra Marlowe[edit]

With Scott Sorkin[edit]

With Thomas G. Leslie/ UNLV Wind Orchestra[edit]


  1. ^ "John Shifflett". San Jose State University. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Gilbert, Andrew (1 May 2017). "John Shifflett, popular San Jose jazz musician and teacher, dies at age 64". The Mercury News. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Iowa State Music Alumni". Iowa State University.
  4. ^ "Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival Program, 1979" (PDF). University of Notre Dame.
  5. ^ "Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival Program, 1980" (PDF). University of Notre Dame.
  6. ^ "OA2 ARTIST JOHN SHIFFLETT". OA2 Records. Retrieved 30 April 2017.

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