University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Faculty - John Rivers

John Rivers

John Rivers, Affiliate Artist
Jazz bass

  • B.Mus (Jazz Studies), University of Miami

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John Rivers is a versatile bass player who is constantly evolving as a teacher and performer. He is currently the Jazz bass instructor at the University of Vermont. John performs and records regionally with many diverse ensembles, including: Juliet McVicker Trio, Jazzismo, Dan Skea Quartet, Discover Jazz Big Band, Tom Cleary Trio, Chris Peterman Quintet. John graduated from the University of Miami, where he studied under the tutelage of Don Coffman and Vince Maggio. John has had the good fortune to perform with such talented musicians as: Karl Berger, Othello Molineux, Ray Vega, Hal Galper, Rachel Bissex, Andy Jaffe, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Jim McNeely, John Coates, Wess Anderson, Amina Claudine Myers, Phillip Hamilton, Joe Davidian. John has traveled to many parts of the globe, including a most recent trip to Yaroslavl Russia with the Chris Peterman quintet in 2009. John feels it is a great privilege to live as a professional musician, and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with students.

Faculty Directory

D. Thomas Toner, Department Chair
Paul Asbell, Jazz Guitar
Paul Besaw, Dance
Clare Byrne, Dance
Joe Capps, Jazz Guitar
Nadine Carpenter, Oboe
Tom Cleary, Jazz Piano
Selene Colburn, Dance
Sarah Cullins, Voice
Rick Davies, Trombone
Amber deLaurentis Cleary, Jazz Voice
Steve Ferraris, Djembe
David Feurzeig, Theory
Paula Higa, Dance
Gerald Lanoue, Bassoon
Anne Janson, Flute
Patricia Julien, Theory, Jazz
Steve Klimowski, Clarinet
Yutaka Kono, Orchestra
John Mantegna, Guitar
David Neiweem, Voice, Choirs, Organ
Paul Orgel, Piano
Sylvia Parker, Piano, Theory
Alan Parshley, Horn
Suzanne Polk, Cello
Evelyn Read, Violin/Viola
Patricia Riley, Music Ed.
John Rivers, Jazz Bass
Jeff Salisbury, Drums
Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Dance
Wayne Schneider, History
Heidi Soons, Harp
Clyde Stats, History
Alex Stewart, Jazz
William Tilley, Bass
D. Thomas Toner, Band, Percussion
Ray Vega, Trumpet, Jazz
Robert Wigness, Trombone
Michael Zsoldos, Saxophone