John Heussenstamm


<<< previous <<<    In 1990, John returned to the U.S. to continue raising his family and developing as a musician. Throughout the 1990's John played at the Studio Cafe in Balboa, CA, where he attracted quite a loyal following. In 1995, he setup a fundraiser for the Laguna Beach High School music department, which was struggling financially at the time. That effort has lead to an annual event continuing to the present, and which has assisted in the development of a thriving music program at the high school.

Also noteworthy is that in the early 2000's, a friend recommended John listen to a fantastic female soul, rock and blues vocalist, Thelma Jones, with the idea that they could perform together. It turns out that John had recently heard her sing live, without realizing or asking who she was. The end result of those fortuitous events was that John helped produce, fund, compose songs, and of course play guitar for singer Thelma Jones' CD, "Law of Old".

Over the last sixteen years, John has performed at venues such as: the Orange County, CA Blues Festival; the Culver City, CA Blues Festival; the Stanton Blues Festival; The Coachouse; and the House of Blues. More importantly, John has had the privilege of playing with some superb talent in his personal bands. In addition to those already mentioned, some of these musicians were: Jan Ashley, Kofi Baker, Al Blake, Armando Compean, Frank Cotinola, Beth Deshea, Alan Diaz, Baba Elefante, Jimmy Haslip, Vail Johnson, Henry Kapono, Paul Lorange, Matt Marshall, Lester McFarland, Pol Pedersen, Vernon Porter, Lee Rocker, Rick Slauser, Dave Spurr, Drew Steele, Nate Wood, Steve Wood, Leo Vigil, and others.

John feels he has fufilled his dream of playing great music and performing with talented musicians. Now he would like to continue to improve his musical skills, record more of his performances, and use the reach of the internet to entertain a wider audience.

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