John Fedchock

summer workshop faculty

John Fedchock began his career as a jazz trombonist when he joined the legendary Woody Herman Orchestra in 1980. He toured with Woody’s “Thundering Herd” for seven years, during which time he became musical director and a featured soloist. He served as musical coordinator and chief arranger on Herman’s last two Grammy Award nominated albums, “50th Anniversary Tour” and “Woody’s Gold Star,” receiving accolades from jazz journalists worldwide. Famed jazz critic Leonard Feather called him the “unsung hero” of Woody’s 50th Anniversary Tour.

John has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, Louie Bellson Big Band, Bob Belden Ensemble, Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and has performed at jazz festivals and concert halls around the world.

In recognition of his formidable arranging skills, Fedchock is a two-time GRAMMY Award nominee for “Best Instrumental Arrangement.” Small group projects with his quartet and NY Sextet showcase A-list sidemen along with his “incomparable trombone playing, which seems to have no limit, technically or musically” (