I started playing guitar at the age of 16 and after high school he studied (jazz) guitar at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Music was my first career and despite pursuing a career in the corporate world, music has always stayed a parallel career, as a musician and tutor. I am proficient in most contemporary styles (both electric and acoustic).

Since January 2010 I am available again for private tutoring for guitar and jazz theory. 

In New Zealand I have been playing in various settings, solo-jazz guitar, duo settings and larger groups. Current music activities include: 

  • Solo Guitar (private functions, jazz, acoustic)
  • Original State: singer songwriter duo with Mandi Ruth Green
  • John & Josh: acoustic guitar and singing
  • Music team Harmony Church.

Some music samples from the past

Solo Jazz and Blues Guitar

As said before I have considerably been influenced by Joe Pass. Since I heard him play unaccompanied jazz guitar I knew that was one of the areas I wanted to get better at. To this day I am still trying to improve, realising what an incredible guitar player this man was.

Listen to some of my recordings through the links below:

  • Georgia on My Mind
    A classic and one of my favorites.
  • What are you doing the rest of your life?
    Romantic electric guitars. Love this old Chales Aznavour song and remember him singing it. Hope it captures that same European romantic flavour.
  • Blues for SB
  • Swampy Slide Thang
    Every now and than I like to do something else. This is a song for slide guitar. Swampy sounds !!!!! And dad, if there’s internet up above, be sure to check this one, typically your kinda music !!!!
  • Blues for my Dad
    This one is an old style slide blues, the way my dad would have liked it, so dad, open up those internet gates to heaven and sit back and relax.

Jazz Recordings two and more

Fusion, Pop, Rock, Metal and Well,  Whatever  You Want to Call it

  • Bullet Train
    A great song of the band Friendship, we covered with our fusion band Booby Trap.
  • The Guitarman is Going to Get You
    Linda’s Day Off Life (my old funk and soul band). A song by Henk de Ligt for me to go wild, thanks bro I enjoyed it every time and most of all the audience.
  • A Cry of Love
    A nightly Jam alone with the computer. Inspired my the one that made me pick up a guitar: Carlos Santana.  The melody of the song was one that had been going through my head all day and finally late at night I got a chance to record it. One day I will hopefully finish it.
  • In Time
    A recording with Robbi Spencer, US based recording artist, songwriter and producer. Recording made via the internet. I play all guitar parts here. One day I am sure that we will sit down together and write some great modern gospel songs.
  • Cosmic Explosion
    A recording with well acclaimed Australian based guitar player, song writer, recording artist and producer John Castellain. This song was recorded via the internet. John Castellain did some amazing things with the arrangement and production. I remember so well how I wrote the double hand tapping harmony in the basis not realizing that it would end up really painful trying to keep that up for a whole song. But with some extra training I managed to get it out. One day I hope to sit down with him and just jam our hearts out under the stars.
  • Rock the Night (1983)
    My very first rock original. Pff I am getting an old dude.
  • Orangotang guitar jam in studio
    Just going crazy all improvised.

What others Say

Hey John,I started listening to your music,and could not stop.Beautiful phrasing,chord melody solos ala Wes.Really Great feel,Sincerly,Carmine D’Amico I will be back to hear more,PEACE. Carmen D’Amico holder of 16 Grammy Awards

Howdy Podna, from RockRobster in California
I was just listening to 3 by “…. Wow man, that is a cool little jam. Swing and all. It’s as good as, I can tell you that for sure.
Nice geetar licks John! Keep up the good work in your jazz trio and keep recording your live stuff and post it here, k? We love it.
Much Love & Respect,
Robbi Spencer, recording artist and producer

You chord melodies are really cool. Your playing reminds me very much of Joe Pass, who I’m sure you probably listen to a lot. After all, you can’t really play solo jazz guitar without being influenced by him. I can also hear that you have your own style too. So far I’ve only scratched the surface, since you have a ton of music on here, but I look forward to hearing more. Brian Healey

Aye papa! First of all, thank you for comin back to my board! It’s means a lot to me! Second of all, that cry of love take 1 is amazing, you captured so many different emotions on different levels. Stay tearin up the chords. *Rispetto
Love Life
, Jazzy

nice chord melodies on beautiful love,keep up the good work! Darryl Johnson A great US Piano player and Composer

Theres some cool stuff here man!…looking forward to doing some more serious composing together to stretch us both!…it will be cool!.JC John Castellain

What up! Smidi comin back At Cha! Thank you for your kind words! I’m checking out a few of your tracks and I’m diggin your music! I love your guitar playing techinque! Very nice style! Keep doin ya thang! Peace, SMIDI

Hi John. .. I really like Cosmic Explosion that you did with John Castellain. That song rips! Your other stuff is awesome too. Would you be interested in jamming on some trax? Let me know… It could be greatness! Robbi Spencer

Not enough of this type of playing around in the world. Good stuff. Peter Kossists

John….. WOW….WOW….WOW… Listening to “Days of Wine and Roses as I’m typing this.. Just so nice..
Like you, I’m an absolute over old school jazz guitar… Man… Just so nice, and I’m adding you to my favorites…
Thanks so much for sharing your music with the group…
See Ya, Tal…
Rolland Harrison

I really liked your interpretation of ‘Autumn Leaves’ and decided to put it in my own station. Dou you play much around there?
I’m from Rio and I keep giggin’ here as possible.
Regards. Fernando Hungria

dig the Cole Porter…nice my brotha… Robert E. 😉 Robert Eldridge a fantastic guitar player.

Want to hear more?


For more information on bookings, private tutoring and workshops, I can be contacted at:

T03 342 4232, M 027 480 3371 or Email me here >>>

5 thoughts on “Music

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  2. What have you been up too. I was just talking to you the other night on skype and you said nothing of this. {smile}

    Proud of you bro and believe this will bring you great joy and happiness.

    your friend,

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  4. Man, I am stoked you are taking this path … I can see you assisting many ppl in their musical development. So interesting to read as well. I too like Joe Pass, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton etc …

    Look forward to hearing how you do in this area. Already I’ve heard ppl wanting lessons with you!

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