A new-breed vocalist who infuses diversity and modern interpretation into his jazz and blues show, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a resident performer at the Metropolitan Room. He is the recipient of the “HotHouse Jazz 2016 Fans Decision Metropolitan Room Award”, and recently released his debut album “Every Day Blues” (available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CDBaby).
An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B. “Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock’s voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting” (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards).
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. 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” and in performances at Acton Jazz Café. Born and raised in Albany, he has a degree in music from Boston University. “…an impressive vocalist, obviously well trained and practiced in his chosen fields of study.” (Bistro Awards).