Born and raised in Utica NY, John Piazza Jr. began formal trumpet studies at the age of 16. John was fortunate throughout his formative years to have been taken under the wing by many upstate New York's legends including JR Monterose, Jack Palmer, Rick Montalbano, Danny D'Imperio, Sal Alberico Sr. & Jr. and his mentor Sal Amico.
John studied music at Onondaga Community College, received a BM in Music Education from the Crane School of Music and later earned his masters degree in Jazz studies at the University of Massachusetts.
John spent a number of years working as a Musical Director for Carnival Cruise Lines where he managed all aspects of live musical entertainment. As a full time working musician and conductor, John has supported countless musical and variety acts including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, John Davidson, Charo, David Brenner, Fred Travelena, Eddie "The Big Ragu" Mekka, Duke Daniels of the Platters to name a few.
A very active performer, John runs a number of jazz and commercial repertoire ensembles. He is also a promoter of world class jazz events in the Utica-Rome area. John recently performed with Joe Magnarelli, Ralph Lalama, Jane Monheit and Gary Smulyan.
John has studied jazz with Yusef Lateef, Max Roach, Jeff Holmes, Billy Taylor, Archie Shepp, Bret Zvacek, JR Monterose and his mentor Sal Amico. John has studied trumpet with Frank Galime, James W. Mosher, Bob Slack, Bill Adam, Jack Palmer, Dr. John Ellis and Walter Chesnut. Although influenced by all of his teachers, John's teaching style is of the Bill Adam School.