About Me

Performing over 250 gigs a year, John Marley is one of the busiest and most in demand bass players in the north of the UK. Since graduating from the BA (HONS) Degree in Jazz Studies at Leeds College of Music , he has worked with some of the biggest names in British jazz such as Julian Siegel, Stu Mccallum (Cinematic Orchestra), Kit Downes, Dennis Rollins, Alex Munk, Eddie Hick, Jamil Sheriff and Joel Purnell. Through his association with the Charity Dreamgirls, John has had the privilege of performing with celebrity singers such as Ricky Valance, Chip Hawkes (The Tremeloes), Angie Brown and Katrina Leskanich (Katrina & the Waves). 

John is a regular member of many bands including the Kate Peters Quartet, Firebird Quartet and Alec Robinson Quartet as well as playing bass and guitar in the famous York Theatre Royal Pantomime. He is also a respected teacher and arranger, having done arrangements for many bands and musicians across the country. He has appeared on national TV on both the bass guitar and double bass, including multiple appearances on the long running ITV soap opera Emmerdale.  

Since completing the degree at Leeds College of Music, John has studied and continues to study with bass guitar and double bass icons such as Carol Kaye, Stu Hamm, John Patitucci, Nathan East and Missy Raines. In 2018 he graduated with an MA in music from The University of York and is currently studying towards a PhD in the same department. 

As well as performing, composing and teaching music, John is also a qualified freelance journalist and writes regularly for publications such as London Jazz News, Jazz Journal, Jazz Views, Hiss & Hum, Smart Bass Guitar, York Press and Jazz In York. John currently presents a jazz radio show on Wetherby based radio station, Tempo FM. 

Qualifications -

  • BTECH National Diploma in Popular Music
  • BA (Hons) Degree in Jazz Studies
  • MA in Music 
  • Dip LCM in Bass Guitar Tuition
  • ALCM in Bass Guitar Tuition 
  • Dip LCM in Electric Guitar Tuition
  • Dip LCM in Jazz Guitar 
  • ALCM in Jazz Guitar 
  • Diploma in Freelance Journalism