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John Medeski
John was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and grew up in Florida. After studying piano as a child (starting when he was five years old), he began as a teenager to perform with musicians such as Mark Murphy and Jaco Pastorius. He attended Pine Crest School. In 1983, after graduating from high school, he began studying piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he performed as a sideman with Dewey Redman, Billy Higgins, Bob Mintzer, Alan Dawson. Medeski attributes his early interest in playing improvised music and jazz to listening to Oscar Peterson.
 
Medeski performs in a range of musical styles, from accessible groove based funk and jazz to more experimental music, including many of John Zorn's projects.
 
Medeski is best known for his work with Medeski Martin & Wood including drummer and percussionist Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood. The trio formed in New York in 1991 playing gigs at The Village Gate. Since the mid-1990s they have toured steadily in both national and international funk, jazz, and jam music scenes. The band has collaborated with such musicians as Iggy Pop, Trey Anastasio and John Scofield. Medeski was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists.
 
In 2006, John Medeski & The Itch performed their debut gig at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, West Virginia. The Itch consists of Eric Krasno (guitar) of Soulive and Adam Deitch (drums) with Medeski playing a B3 Organ. In 2008, Medeski was featured on guitarist Will Bernard's Blue Plate Special album. In 2012, Medeski was featured on progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria's albums "The Afterman: Ascension" and "The Afterman: Descension," performing piano, clavinet and synthesizer parts. In 2016, Medeski formed the supergroup Saudade along with Chino Moreno of Deftones, Team Sleep, Palms, and Crosses; guitarist Dr. Know of Bad Brains; bassist Chuck Doom of Crosses and Team Sleep; and drummer Mackie Jayson of Cro-Mags and Bad Brains.
 
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Discography
It's A Jungle In Here
Gramavision GCD 79495
recorded August 1993 in New York City/USA
John Medeski, organ, piano
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Marc Ribot, guitar
Dave Binney, alto sax
Jay Rodrigues, alto sax, tenor sax
Josh Roseman, trombone
Steven Bernstein, trumpet
Lunar Crush
Gramavision GCD 79498
David Fiuczynski, guitar
John Medeski, keyboards
Fima Ephron, bass
Gene Lake, drums
Jojo Mayer, drums
Michelle Johnson, vocals
Gloria Tropp, vocals
Friday Afternoon In The Universe
Gramavision GCD 79503
recorded January and February 1994 in New York City and in Hawaii/USA
John Medeski, organ, piano, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass, harmonica, flute
Live at Covered Dish
bootleg
recorded 27 March 1996 at Covered Dish in Gainesville, FL/USA
John Medeski, organ, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Live at 12th & Porter
bootleg
recorded live 04 April 1996 at The Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC/USA
John Medeski, organ, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Dean Bowman, vocals
Dave Fiuczysnki, guitar
Live at 12th & Porter
bootleg
recorded live 08 April 1996 at 12th & Porter in Nashville, TN/USA
John Medeski, organ, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Shack-man
Gramavision GCD 79514
John Medeski, Hammond B-3 organ, clavinet, Wurlitzer piano, Yamaha CSO1 II
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Across The Omniverse
Accurate Records AC-3272
Douglas Yates, altosax
Oscar Noriega, alto sax
Robb Rawlings, alto sax
Andrew D'Angelo, alto sax. clarinet
Russ Gershon, soprano sax, tenor sax
Charlie Kohlhase, baritone sax
Steve Norton, baritone sax
Curtis Hasselbring, trombone
Dan Fox, trombone
Josh Roseman, trombone
Russell Jewell, trombone
John Carlson, trumpet
Bob Seely, trumpet
Tom Halter, trumpet
John Medeski, piano, organ
Chris Taylor, piano, synthesizer
Kenny Freundlich, piano, synthesizer
John Dirac, guitar
Bob Nieske, bass
John Turner, bass
Mike Rivard, bass
Eric Rosenthal, drums
Jerome Dupree, drums
Matt Wilson, drums
Over The Rainbow
Accurate AC-4204
recorded in Appleton, WI and Dearborn Heights, MI/USA
Ken Schaphorst, trumpet
John Medeski, organ
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums
Good People
Blue Note CDP 7243 8 56680 2 9
Javon Jackson, tenor sax
John Medeski, organ
Peter Washington, bass
Billy Drummond, drums
Cyro Baptista, percussion
Combustication
Blue Note 72434 9301122
recorded in New York City/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
A Go Go
Verve Records 314 539 979-2
recorded in New York City/USA
John Scofield, guitar
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums, tambourine
John Medeski, organ, piano, keyboards
Din Of Inequity
Columbia CK 69432
recorded June 1997 in New York, NY/USA
Briggan Krauss, alto sax
Steven Bernstein, trumpet
Adam Levy, guitar
John Medeski, Hammond B-3 organ
London McDaniels, guitar
Tony Scherr, bass
Kenny Wollesen, drums
Last Chance to Dance Trance (Perhaps) Best Of (1991-1996)
Gramavision GCD 79520
compilation
John Medeski, piano, organ
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Papa
Metro Blue 7243 4 99070 2 7
Salif Keita, guitar
Ousmane Kouyaté, guitar
John Medeski, organ
Jean-Philippe Rykiel, keyboards
Kélétigui Diabaté. balafon
Toumani Diabaté, kora
Adama Coulibaly, kora simbi
Souleymanne Doumbia, percussion
Henry Schroy, bas, drums
Curtis Watts, drums
The Dropper
Blue Note 7243 5 22841 2 2
recorded 1999 to 2000 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
John Medeski, keyboards
Marc Ribot, guitar
Marshall Allen, alto sax
Paula Potocki, surdo
Jane Scarpantoni, cello
Joan Wasser, violin
Charlie Burnham, violin
Sex Mob Does Bond
Ropeadope Records 93054-2
Briggan Krauss, alto sax, baritone sax
Steven Bernstein, trumpet, mellophone
John Medeski, organ
Tony Scherr, bass
Kenny Wollesen, drums, percussion
Sex Mob Soul Choir
Uninvisible
Blue Note 7243 5 35870 2 4
recorded in Brooklyn, NY, Bearsville, NY and New York City/USA
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
John Medeski, keyboards
Aaron Johnson, trombone
Jordan McLean, trumpet, flugelhorn
Todd Simon, trumpet, flugelhorn
Michael Herbst, baritone saxaphone, bass clarinet
Stuart D. Bogie, tenor sax, contra alto clarinet
Scotty Hard, guitar
Danny Blume, guitar, baritone guitar
Nomad Rhythm Maker, guitar, turntables
Brad Roberts, vocals
Col. Bruce Hampton, vocals
Eddie Bobe, congas, bata, shekere, bottle, bell
DJ Olive, turntables
Electric Tonic
Beatworld Music 1
recorded live at Tonic 04 July 1998 in New York City/USA
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
John Medeski, keyboards
live at Warfiel Theater
bootleg
recorded live at Warfiel Theater/USA
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
John Medeski, keyboards
Keep It Blue
Jambaloha Records
Lorenzo, flute
John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
End Of The World Party
Blue Note 7243 5 95633 2 9V
recorded in Brooklyn, NY and in Los Feliz, CA/USA
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
John Medeski, keyboards
Marc Ribot, guitar
Briggan Krauss, sax
Steven Bernstein, trumpet
Edom
Tzadik TZ 8105
recorded at Orange Music, New Jersey/USA
Eyal Maoz, guitar
John Medeski, B3 organ
Shanir Blumenkranz, bass
Ben Perowsky, drums
Live At The Avalon Hollywood
bootleg
recorded 2005 live at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Live At Vegoose Festival
bootleg
recorded 28 October 2006 at Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas, NV/USA
John Madeski, keyboards
Maceo Parker, alto sax
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums
Note Bleu: Best Of The Blue Note Years 1998-2005
Blue Note 094635587722
compilation
John Medeski, piano, organ, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass, percussion
Out Louder
Indirecto Records IR-01
recorded January 2006 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
John Scofield, guitar
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Out Louder (2 CD)
Emarcy 0602517204393
recorded January 2006 in Brooklyn, NY/USA, add. live recording on CD2
John Medeski, keyboards
John Scofield, guitar
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Live at Jazzklubb Fasching
LiveJazzLounge
recorded live 21 July 2007 at Jazzklubb Fasching in Stockholm/Sweden
John Medeski, piano, organ, keyboards
John Scofield, guitar
Rarities & B-sides
Bootleg 2 CDs
John Medeski, piano, organ, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass, percussion
Let's Go Every Where
Little Monster Records 02028-61119-2
recorded February 2006 in Shokan, NY/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass, guitar, harmonica
Lindgren Blue Room Class, choir
Zaebos
Tzadik TZ 7368
recorded January and March 2008 in New York/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums
Chris Wood, bass
Radiolarians I
Indirecto Records INTO4
recorded March 2008 in Kingston, NY/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Blue Plate Special
Palmetto PM 2137
recorded January 2008
Will Bernard, guitar
John Medeski, keyboards
Andy Hess, bass
Stanton Moore, drums
Heaven On Earth
Half Note Records HN 4542
recorded live May 2009 at the Blue Note in New York City/USA
James Carter, soprano sax, tenor sax, baritone sax
John Medeski, Hammond B-3 organ
Adam Rogers, guitar
Christian McBride, bass
Joey Baron, drums
Radiolarians II
Indirecto Records IR05
recorded August 2008 in Kingston, NY/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Radiolarians III
Indirecto Records IR07
recorded December 2008 in Kingston, NY/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Explorarians
Indirecto Records IR10
recorded live December 2009 in Kingston, NY/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Remixolarians
Indirecto Records IR10
recorded December 2009 in USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Big Neighborhood
Heads Up HUCD 3157

Mike Stern, guitar
Eric Johnson, guitar
Steve Vai, guitar
Bob Franceschini, sax
Bob Malach, sax
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Richard Bona, vocals, bass
Esperanza Spalding, vocals, bass
Jim Beard, piano, keyboards, Hammond B-3 organ
John Medeski, piano, clavinet, Hammond B-3 organ
Chris Wood, bass
Chris Minh Dokym, bass
Lincoln Goines, bass
Cindy Blackman, drums
Dave Weckl, drums
Terri Lyne Carrington, drums
Billy Martin, drums
Lionel Cordew, drums
Never Going Back
Telarc CD-83692
recorded in Atlanta, GA and New York, NY/USA
Shemekia Copeland, vocals
Arthur Neilson, guitar
Oliver Wood, guitar
Marc Ribot, guitar
John Medeski, Hammond B-3 organ
Ike Stubblefield, Hammond B-3 organ
Kofi Burbridge, piano
Chris Wood, bass
Ted Pecchio, bass
Tyler Greenwell, drums, percussion
Marcus Henderson, tambourine
20
digital only

John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums
Chris Wood, bass
Twisted Blues Volume 1
Abstract Logix ABLX 032
recorded November 2010 in Austin, TX and Stamford, CT/USA
Oz Noy, guitar
Eric Johnson, guitar
Jerry Z, organ
John Medeski, organ
Reese Wynans, organ
Allen Toussaint, piano
Roscoe Beck, bass
Will Lee, bass
Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
Anton Fig, drums
Chris Layton, drums
Ralph MacDonald, tambourine
Live At Yoshi's 2011
bootleg
recorded recorded live 02 February 2011 at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA/USA
Tony Williams Live Time Tribute Band:
Vernon Reid, guitar
Carlos Santana, guitar
John Medeski, organ
Jack Bruce, bass, vocals
Cindy Blackman, drums
Live At The Auditorio Stelio Molo
live 07 April 2014 via Radio RSI Lugano/Switzerland

John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Nels Cline, guitar, electronics
Woodstock Sessions Vol. 2
Woodstock Sessions WS002
recorded live 27 August 2013 in Woodstock, NY/USA

John Medeski, keyboards
Billy Martin, drums, percussion
Chris Wood, bass
Nels Cline, guitar
Live At Ronnie Scott's 2013
LiveJazzLounge
recorded live 09 November 2013 at Ronnie Scott’s in London/Great Britain

John Medeski, organ, piano
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums
Juice
Indirecto Records IR16
recorded in Woodstock, NY/USA

John Medeski, keyboards
John Scofield, guitar
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, caxixi, cuica, drums
Pedrito Martinez, congas, guiro
Terminals
Cantaloupe Music CA21102
January/February 2014 in New York, NY/USA

Bobby Previte, drums
Greg Osby, alto sax
Nels Cline, guitar
Zeena Parkins, harp
John Medeski, piano, Hammond organ
Twisted Blues Volume 2
Abstract Logix ABLX043
recorded January 2013 in Austin, TX, Stamford, CT and New York City/USA
Oz Noy, guitar
Lew Soloff, trumpet
Giulio Carmassi, flute
Warren Haynes, guitar
Eric Johnson, guitar
Greg Leisz, guitar
Chick Corea, Fender Rhodes
Allen Toussaint, piano
Reese Wynans, organ
Jerry Z, organ
John Medeski, organ, Fender Rhodes
Grégoire Maret, harmonica
Roscoe Beck, bass
Will Lee, bass, harmonica, tambourine, vocals
Keith Carlock, drums
Anton Fig, drums
Chris Layton, drums
Dave Weckl, drums
Live At Cully Jazz Festival
LiveJazzLounge
recorded live 05 April 2014 in Cully/Switzerland
John Medeski, organ, piano
Nels Cline, guitar
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, drums
Who Gives a Funk
Abstract Logix ABLX 052
recorded September 2015 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Oz Noy, guitar
Ian Hendrickson-Smith, sax
Chris Potter, sax
Clark Gayton, trombone
Fred Wesley, trombone
Randy Brecker, trumpet
David Guy, trumpet
Joe Bonamassa, guitar
Dweezil Zappa, guitar
Robben Ford, guitar
Jerry Z, organ
Reese Wynans, organ
John Medeski, piano, organ
Roscoe Beck, bass
Will Lee, bass, vocals
Rocky Bryant, drums
Anton Fig, drums
Chris Layton, drums
Steve Wolf, drums
Daniel Sadownick, percussion
Corey Glover, vocals
The Garden of Earthly Delights
Tzadik TZ 8351
recorded December 2016 in New York, NY/USA
John Zorn, conductor of Simulacrum ensemble
Trevor Dunn, Bass
Kenny Grohowski, drums
John Medeski, keyboards
Matt Hollenberg, guitar
Sara Serpa, voice
Hudson
Motéma Music MTA-CD-228
recorded January 2017 in Catskill, NY/USA
John Scofield, guitar, flute
John Medeski, piano, organ, flute, vocals
Larry Grenadier, bass, vocals
Jack DeJohnette, drums, flute, vocals
Mad Skillet
Indirecto Records IR-17
recorded in New Orleans, LA/USA
John Medeski, organ
Will Bernard, guitar Terence Higgins, drums
Kirk Joseph, sousaphone
Omnisphere
Indirecto Records IR17
recorded February 2015 in Denver, CO/USA
Chris Wood, bass
Billy Martin, percussion
John Medeski, piano, keyboards
John Orfe, piano
Hideaki Aomori, clarinet
Elisabeth Stimpert, bass clarinet
Michael Harley, bassoon
Matt Marks, horn
Christa Robinson, oboe
Michael Clayville, trombone
Jason Price, trumpet
Erin Lesser, flute
Isabel Hagen, viola
Caleb Burhans, violin
Courtney Orlando, violin
Stefan Freund, cello
Alan Pierson, conductor
Miles Brown, bass
Chris Thompson, percussion
Matt Smallcomb, percussion
You The Brave: Live at Icehouse
Ropeadope Sur
recorded live July 2017 at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN/USA
Todd Clouser,guitar, vocals
John Medeski, Hammond B-3 Organ, Fender Rhodes
JT Bates, drums, percussion
Mellotron Variations
Spaceflight Records 003
recorded live 21 April 2018 at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, TN/USA
John Medeski, keyboards
Pat Sansone, guitar, keyboard, percussion, harpsichord
Jonathan Kirkscey, cello
Robby Grant
Beyond Good And Evil - Simulacrum Live
Tzadik TZ 8369
recorded live July 2019 at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT/USA
John Medeski, organ
Matt Hollenberg, guitar
Kenny Grohowski, drums
History Gets Ahead of the Story
Grizzley Music

Jeff Cosgrove, drums
John Medeski, organ
Jeff Lederer, sax
Baphomet
Tzadik TZ 8372

John Zorn, composer
John Medeski, organ
Matt Hollenberg, guitar
Kenny Grohowski, drums
Freelance Subversives
Ropeadope RAD-554
recorded in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Will Bernard, guitar
Skerik, tenor sax, baritone sax
Jay Rodriguez, tenor sax, baritone sax, flute
Eric Finland, Hammond B-3 organ, Hammond M-3 organ , clavinet, Wurlitzer
Ben Stivers, Hammond B-3 organ, Farfisa organ, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer
John Medeski, Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer
Ben Zwerin, bass
Jeff Hanley, bass
Eric Kalb, drums
Moses Patrou, percussion
The Death Of Satan
Tzadik CDTZA 8382

John Zorn, composer
John Medeski, organ
Matt Hollenberg, guitar
Kenny Grohowski, drums
Good Time Music
Royal Potato Family

Steven Bernstein, trumpet
Peter Apfelbaum, soprano sax, tenor sax
Doug Wieselman, tenor sax, clarinet
Erik Lawrence, baritone sax
Curtis Fowlkes, trombone
Matt Munisteri, guitar
John Medeski, organ
Charlie Burnham, violin
Ben Allison, bass
Ben Perowsky, drums
Catherine Russel, vocals
You Never Know
Face Pelt Records FP 2201

Andrew Fogliano, tenor sax, baritone sax, flute
Phil Grenadier, trumpet
Duke Levine, guitar
David Fiuczynski, guitar
Brahim Fribgane, oud, bendir, karakab, cajon, frame drum, dumbek, vocal
Mike Rivard, sintir, bass, tamboura
Kevin Barry, lap steel
Paul Schultheis, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, organ, clavinet, synthesizer
John Medeski, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, organ, Mellotron, clavinet
Thorleifur Gaukur Davidsson, harmonica
Dean Johnston, drums
Amit Kavthekar, tabla
Spinoza
Tzadik TZ 8388
recorded November 2021
John Zorn, composer
Matt Hollenberg, guitar
John Medeski, organ, Fender Rhodes
Kenny Grohowski, drums

 
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