JOHN RUTHERFORD

John Rutherford, one of Detroit’s most diverse musicians, has been a leading freelance trombonist for over fifteen years. He studied at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from the University of Michigan. Currently on the faculty of Oakland and Madonna Universities, John has held teaching positions at the University of Toledo, Albion College, and Henry Ford Community College.

John has performed extensively and recorded with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre. He has performed with the Sarasota Opera Company, Jerusalem International Symphony, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Palermo (Sicily), the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, and most recently at the Santo Domingo Music Festival in the Dominican Republic. He has also served as guest principal trombonist of New York State’s Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

An active chamber musician, John has performed with the Boston Chamber Ensemble, Detroit Chamber Winds, Spectrum Brass Quintet, and he is the founding member of the Motor City Brass Quintet, whose 2009 debut CD features the premier recording of Pulitzer Prize winner John Harbison’s Christmas Vespers. He has recorded with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet) for Sony Classical, as part of the Silk Road Project. With the Silk Road Ensemble, John toured a large part of North America, including performances at Carnegie Hall. He has appeared as soloist on multiple occasions with the Motor City Brass Band, a British-style brass band and the Grosse Pointe and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestras. He spends his summer as an artist-in-residence with Spectrum Brass at the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, MI, where they run the Spectrum Seminar for talented college-age musicians.

John also performs with many of Detroit’s leading jazz ensembles, and is lead trombonist with both Walter White and Small Medium @LARGE and the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra. He performs on tenor trombone, bass trombone, and tuba for pit orchestras at many theaters in Michigan and Ohio and has played in bands and orchestras for artists including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, George Russell, Terence Blanchard, Patti Austin, Gladys Knight, Debbie Gibson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Fifth Dimension, and Dennis DeYoung of Styx.

John is the founding member of the Motor City Horns, who joined Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band in 2006 and have toured and recorded with them since that time. The Motor City Horns have appeared on over 30 commercial recordings and have collaborated with Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Noel Gallagher from Oasis, Clarence Clemons and the Temple of Soul, The Verve Pipe, Frankie Ballard, Carl Craig and Tribe, and frequently with Alexander Zonjic. With Zonjic, he has shared the stage with many well-known jazz artists, including Bob James, Jeff Lorber, and Kenny G. John has recorded for radio and television commercials at studios in Detroit and Los Angeles, and is a voting member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs).

As founder of Brass Jar Music, John has contracted musicians and produced musical groups for a variety of events in Michigan and around the world, most notably for Mercedes-Benz/AMG at the 2012 New York International Auto Shows and other Mercedes events in New York, New Mexico, Tennessee, Montana, California, and Washington. Partnering with Executive Travel & Incentives, his groups have performed in the Bahamas, Cancun, Scottsdale, Park City, and at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. As a record label, Brass Jar Music has released 6 CDs featuring Detroit musicians, with 2 of them receiving Grammy consideration.

     
 
     

JOHN’S DISCOGRAPHY

Hello, Detroit! (2015)

Mark Randisi and The Motor City Jazz Orchestra


Brass Jar Music



 


Oh, Yeah (2015)

David Shelby


(Featuring The Motor City Horns)



Rideout (2015)

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band



The Cambodian Space Project (2014)

Whiskey Cambodia


Metal Postcard Records (2014)


Patterns (2013)

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr


Warner Brothers



The Key West Connection (2013)

Don Middlebrook & The Pearl Divers



The Speed of Things (2013)

Warner Brothers

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr



Family Affair (2013)

Ledfurd Records


Compilation



Hit & Run (2012)


Lakeshore Records



Spirit and Song (2012)

Unidos


Santiago Fernandez



Breaking Good (2012)

Walter White & Small Medium @ Large


Brass Jar Music




CD Baby


I Can Make That Happen (2012)

Johnnie Bassett


Mack Avenue Records/Sly Dog Label



Merrie Melodies (2012)

Songs from the Looney Tunes Show – Season One

Water Tower Music/Warner Brothers Entertainment



Getting Housed (2012)

Bobby Streng’s House Big Band



Bob and Iz (2011)

Bob Mervak and Isabel Nelson



Live At Callahan’s (2011)

Shaun Murphy


Vision Wall Records


Born of Astronauts (2011)

FlashClash


Exchange Bureau Music


Fell Toward None (2011)

Greg Nagy


Big O Records/Vizztone Label Group


Heartless World (2011)

Stewart Francke


Blue Boundary Records


Caribe Jazz All Stars (2010)

Featuring Walter White and Steve Brown



Jon Plair (2010)

Jon Plair


Jeron Ronn (2010)

Jeron Ronn



Early Seger, Vol. 1 (2009)

Bob Seger


Hideout Records


Tonight We Ride (2009)

The Reed & Dickinson Band



A Family Album (2009)

The Verve Pipe



Fire and Blood (2009)

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra


Naxos


Brush Fire (2009)

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra


WSG Music


Rhapsody: The Music of George Gershwin (2009)

The Spectrum Brass Quintet


Brass Jar Music


The Globe (2009)

The Silent Years


Defend Music


Rebirth (2009)

Tribe


Planet E Records


The Gentleman Is Back (2009)

Johnnie Bassett


Mack Avenue Records/Sly Dog Label


Local Boys (2009)

The Motor City Horns and Friends


Brass Jar Music


Doin’ The “D” (2009)

Alexander Zonjic


Heads Up/Concord Music Group


Un Canto Nuevo (2009)

Santiago Fernandez


Spirit and Song Label


Christmas Vespers (2009)

The Motor City Brass Quintet


Brass Jar Music


Falling Through The Cracks (2009)

Doug Deming and The Jewel Tones



Whatever It Takes (2008)

Scott Wilkonson


Let the The Trumpet Sound (2008)

Kenneth Robinson and Friends



Live At The Cadillac Club (2008)

Root Doctor


Big O Records


The Transmitter (2008)

Luster Kraft


Bona Dea Music Records


Cyrano An Opera by David DiChiera (2008)

The Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra


Colton Weatherston (2008)

Colton Weatherston


The Keeley Effect (2008)

Paul Priest with The Brothers Groove



Paul Paray: Yanitza & Galatee (2007)

Assumption Grotto Orchestra


Nothing New Under The Sun (2007)

The Resurrection


Change Our Ways (2007)

Root Doctor


Big O Records


Paul Paray Symphonies (2006)

Assumption Grotto Orchestra


Blues in the Night (2006)

Sheila Landis and Rick Matel


The Movement (2005)

Kenny Flav Presents Wayne Kounty


Rouge (2004)

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra


Artemis Troublee: Music of Paul Paray (2003)

The Assumption Grotto Orchestra


Innocent Things (2003)

Charlie Dentel with the Motor City Horns



Sylvan Koltyk (2003)

Tthe Winds of the Ukraine Orchestra


Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet (2002)

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble


Sony Classical


Basement Vibes (2002)

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra featuring Marcus Belgrave


WSG Music


CDBaby


Season of Hope (2002)

The Brothers Groove featuring the Motor City Horns


Lowdown (1999)

The University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble


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