John NovelloJohn Novello's career spans an unusual diversity of musical interests and professional experience. As keyboardist/composer/arranger, musical director, and producer, he has played and worked with everybody from Chick Corea, Ritchie Cole, Hubert Laws, Al Vizutti, and Ramsey Lewis to Billy Sheehan and Mr Big, Edgar Winter, Mark Isham, Donna Summer, Manhattan Transfer and A Taste Of Honey. As a player he is equally at home with contemporary Jazz, R & B, rock, fusion, and the avant-garde, and both acoustic and electronic instruments. But his favorite instrument is still the Hammond B3.
A continuing counterpoint to John's professional career has been his love of teaching and helping others on the road to success. And rarely does an accomplished artist have the skill or the interest to extend his musical passion to the area of teaching. He is considered one of the world's most sought after keyboard instructors. He wrote "The Contemporary Keyboardist" which has become the "bible" of contemporary keyboard instruction worldwide and is endorsed by such top professionals as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Henry Mancini, Andy Summers, and many more. Novello has also produced "The Contemporary Keyboardist" three part video series, and released a book called "Stylistic Etudes" which consists of 86 original song studies.
Novello has also composed the score for the feature film, Au Pair, released in Europe and stayed for three months in Russia where he served as musical technical consultant and coach on the feature film Red Hot starring Donald Sutherland. He contributed along with his partner Alan Howarth some music to the sci fi thriller "The Omega Code" released in 2000. John and Alan also formed their own record label called Lunatek Music.
John lives and works in Los Angeles conducting clinics and seminars, teaching and researching and writing The Contemporary Keyboardist Line. Yet another high energy B3 project Novello continues to work with is Niacin which is a collaboration with rock and roll bass legend Billy Sheehan and drummer extraordinaire Dennis Chambers. Niacin is a high-powered rock/funk instrumental trio which has toured the world and recorded 5 CDs.
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Videoarts Music VACM-1260
recorded 2005 in Valley Village, CA/USA
John Novello, Hammond B3 organ, piano, Rhodes
Dennis Chambers, drums
Billy Sheehan, bass
529 Jazz 80226
recorded at Studio 2B3, Valley Village, CA
John Novello, Hammond B3 organ, piano, synthesizer
Gerald Albright, sax
Tony Austin, drums
Melvin Davis, bass
Donald Hayes, sax
Abdoulie Jallow, guitar
Geoff Levin, guitar
Eric Marienthal, sax
Jeff Nathanson, sax
Tom Scott, sax
Simone Sello, guitar
Arturo Solar, trumpet
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