John O’Leary is a multi-instrumentalist with a love for jazz. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, John is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his Masters of Music in jazz saxophone performance, and also from Florida State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in jazz saxophone performance. He has a variety of performance experience, from small jazz clubs in New York City, to large music festivals, to international tours, cruise ships, off-Broadway theater, wedding bands, and much more.
John has performed with and studied under such artists as Marcus Roberts, David Leibman, Stefon Harris, John Beasley, Carmen Bradford, Scotty Barnhart, Donny McCaslin, Dayna Stephens, and others. His performance career has lead him to the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Tallahassee Jazz Festival, the Harlem Stage, and Lincoln Center in New York City.
In addition, John worked for a year with Norwegian Cruise Lines, performing the Broadway show “After Midnight: a Cotton Club Musical” and accompanying singers like Shoshana Bean (‘Wicked’), Laura Wright (‘Vegas the Show’), and Nashville recording artist Chris Burke, among others, all while traveling to Alaska, Central/South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
Aside from performing around the city and abroad, John enjoys working as a music educator. John is a well-versed instructor, experienced in classroom teaching, private lessons, and everything in between. His recent teaching experience includes work at the Larchmont Music Studio, the W.H.E.E.L.S. public high school in Washington Heights NYC, and the Long Lake Camp for the Arts in upstate NY. Stressing individual attention with rooted foundations in performance techniques, theoretical comprehension, and ear training, John’s personalized instruction ensures every student comes away with the tools necessarily to succeed as a musician.
You can find more information about recording links, performance dates, and education details on johnolearymusic.com