One of the “most adventurous, technically accomplished and ferociously committed guitar virtuosos working today.

                                     -- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

John Moulder - guitar

Ken Hall - vibes

"Moulder's compositions tend to lean on modal frameworks with odd-metered grooves. His pieces have accessible qualities while presenting daunting musical challenges to the players involved. A thoughtful improviser who takes the time to tell a compelling story."

                                           -- John Barron, The Jazz Word

John Moulder - guitar


John Moulder is a guitarist and composer whose music has evolved from an assimilation of various musical traditions.  


His most recent release entitled Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit (Origin 2016) features Donny McCaslinMarquis HillPaul Wertico and many other long time musical companions. Inspired by soulful individuals, it has been described as a contemporary musical narrative. Earthborn Tales was a featured performance for the 2014 Made in Chicago concert series in Millennium Park.


John’s compositions and playing are featured on his CDs entitled Awakening (Mo-Tonal Records 1993), Through the Open Door (Igmod/Mo-Tonal Records 1997), Spirit Talk (NAIM 2003), and Trinity (Origin 2006) and Bifrost (Origin 2009) both named one of the ten best jazz CDs of 2006 and 2009 respectively by the Chicago Tribune.


On The Eleventh Hour: Live at the Green Mill (Origin 2012), John collaborates with his long time musical companions, Paul WerticoLarry GrayJim Trompeter and Geof Bradfield.

John has been a member of the Paul Wertico Trio for fifteen years.  Recordings with Paul include Live in Warsaw (Igmod Records 1998), Don’t Be Scared Anymore (Premonition Records 2000), Stereonucleosis (A440 2004) and The Other Side (NAIM 2006) and is on Impressions of a City (Chicago Sessions 2009) by Paul Wertico’s Mid East and Mid West Alliance.


John is also a member of the Larry Gray Trio and is featured on his recordings on the Chicago Sessions label entitled 1,2,3 and Three Equals One.  In addition he has played on recordings by vocalist Jackie Allen such as The Men in My Life (Blue Note 2003), Love is Blue (Blue Note 2004), Tangled (Blue Note 2006), as well as her most recent release with orchestra entitled Starry Night.

Televised feature stories on John and his work have aired on Artbeat (WTTW) and Chicago Tonight (WTTW).  He has played nationally and internationally at numerous festivals, clubs and concert halls and has performed with artists such as Eddie HarrisBob MintzerPaul McCandlessLyle MaysPaul WerticoGary BurtonNiels Orsted PedersonArild AndersonBendik HofsethKurt Elling and Terry Callier.

John received his Masters degree in music from Northwestern University.  As an educator, he is currently a faculty member at Northwestern UniversityBenedictine University and the College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.  He has lectured, taught master classes and conducted clinics at universities, high schools, music institutes and other settings.



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