John M Shifflett was born on January 1, 1953, and died on April 27, 2017.
He was an American Jazz musician, player of the Double bass and also an arranger, and educator, with his last teaching job at San Jose State University.
He played in several notable acts, including Frankie Avalon, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Dinah Shore, Mel Torme, Jerry Lewis, Dionne Warwick and the Smothers Brothers.
Said in his bio by OA2 Records and his San Jose State University profile, John Shifflett performed and recorded with key jazz artists such as Dave Liebman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Red Holloway, Ernie Watts, John Zorn, Kim Richmond, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Norma Winstone, Boz Scaggs, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, John Stowell, Harold Land and Kendra Shank.
While in the San Francisco Bay Area, John played with Christian Tamburr, Aaron Lington, Paul Tynan, Shay Salhov, Myra Melford, Eric Crystal, Mike Zilber, Scott Amendola, the Taylor Eigsti Trio, the Paul Nagel Trio, the Dave MacNab Trio, Ann Dyer & No Good Time Fairies, the Will Bernard Quartet, Anton Schwartz, Ray Brown’s Great Big Band, Ben Goldberg, Tim Volpicella, Jason Lewis, Scott Barnhill, Aaron Wolf and Tim Lin.
John Shifflett passed away at 64 years old.