Born in Oakville Ontario in 1961, raised in St. Catharines, John Sherwood
started his formal training at the age of five. John studied classical piano
up to the ARCT level, and also studied violin and trombone through the local
music programs available to public school students. During high school he
began transcribing piano solos from records to get some ideas for playing
He joined a local jazz band which rehearsed weekly and got to know most of the Niagara musicians, playing in various groups at local venues. His Toronto debut was in 1987 where he was presented by Ted O'Reilly at the Ontario Science Centre. Moe Koffman heard the broadcast tapes and booked John to play at George's Jazz Room
This would be the beginning of a 25-year association with Appleyard, who would introduce John to other Toronto musicians such as Ed Bickert, Rick Wilkins, Terry Clarke and Neil Swainson, along with world-renowned musicians such as Guido Basso, Rob McConnell, Jake Hanna and Butch Miles.
Cat's Kitchen and BarFriday & Saturday
Every Friday and Saturday evening from 5 to 8 pm at Cat's Kitchen and Bar in Niagara Falls
(Please email me if you are making a special trip to make sure I am there!)
In the Workshop
Need your piano tuned, repaired or even restored?
Contact me for a no-obligation quote.