A new-breed vocalist who infuses diversity and modern interpretation into his show, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston, and is now a fixture in the jazz and cabaret scene in New York City. He is the recipient of the “Hot House Jazz 2016 Fans Decision Metropolitan Room Award”.
John recently released his second major album “Right Around the Corner” (available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CDBaby), with impressive new music, including three original compositions plus inventive new renditions of cabaret and jazz classics. He is supported by a stellar rhythm section and with very special guest, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and Grammy-nominee Dave Liebman. This “gay-ahead jazz album” is a groundbreaker as it explores LGBTQ subject-matter in a jazz setting.
Mr. Minnock has played at the finest cabaret clubs in New York, including the Metropolitan Room, the Triad Theater, iconic Don’t Tell Mama, and most recently at the stellar Feinstein’s 54 Below with Dave Liebman.
A classically trained musician, John’s vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, Lou Rawls, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisation and scat singing and brings a rich history of the music to every performance. He has played at The Metropolitan Room, the Triad Theater, and iconic Don’t Tell Mama. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists like King, Ruth Brown and Bill Withers to contemporaries such as Sara Bareilles, Amy Winehouse and Sam Smith. “One of the best versions of ‘On Broadway’ I’ve ever heard.” (Bistro Awards).
John leads a trio of accomplished musicians and keeps the energy moving throughout the evening. Before bringing his show to NYC, John performed weekly at Boston’s Encore Lounge, in one of the most successful jazz gigs in Boston. The show was chosen as a “Featured Event” by The Boston Globe several times during its run. Previously, John performed in the group “Feed the Meter”. Born and raised in Albany, he has a degree in music from Boston University.