Biography: The Winn Jazz All Stars
John Winn first sat in on his father’s gigs at age eight and started booking his own engagements by the time he was 16. John’s lush vocal timbre has been compared to those of Chet Baker and Harry Connick, Jr., and his scat singing follows the traditions of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mel Torme. As a saxophonist and clarinetist, John has appeared on stage with luminaries such as Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Lou Rawls, Christian McBride, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Dave Grisman and Branford Marsalis.
John Winn has served on the music faculties at Virginia Commonwealth University, Longwood University, and the Unversity of Richmond. He can be heard on the recordings of the great American Music Ensemble, Modern Groove Syndicate, Fighting Gravity, Your Father’s Mustache Band, Junk Food Buddha, and One Ring Zero.
In 2005, Richmond Magazine awarded John the Theresa Pollack Prize for outstanding vocalist in the area, stating: "John Winn is a singer’s singer who has traveled near and far sharing his gift of music. His unique approach to delivering a song always leaves the audience wanting more. John’s scat singing has hints of Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme all rolled into one. He also has the versatility to sing jazz, R&B, and rock. His saxophone playing is as hip and mellow as his singing, and for more than 15 years he’s fronted large bands and small ensembles both as lead vocalist and instrumentalist."
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