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Jazz Faculty: John Hadfield

Percussionist John Hadfield's dedication to bending genres has taken him from the jungles of Indonesia to concert halls and clubs across the world. At home in New York, Time Out New York has recently pointed out "John Hadfield's percussion is so impeccable."

This diversity has allowed him to perform with a broad variety of ensembles and artists including Yo Yo Ma, The Silk Road Ensemble, The Saturday Night Live Band on NBC, Bang on a Can, The Michael Gordon Band, The HUM Ensemble, the rock bands Sky White Tiger and Dead Heart Bloom, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Combo Nuvo, MAYA, Phil Kline, Daniel Hope, The Bassam Saba Ensemble, Ethos Percussion Group and Gamelan Dharma Swara.  

While performing with jazz groups, John has worked alongside Lenny Pickett, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Gil Goldstein, Andrew D'Angelo, Bobby Watson, Dominique Eade, Ben Monder, Satoshi Takeshi, Brad Shepik, Mike Richmond and Erik Friedlander.

John Hadfield has released two records of his own compositions (The Eye of Gordon, 2008 and Displaced, 2010). He has also collaborated on more than 50 recordings as a guest artist, including the Grammy award-winner Yo-Yo Ma and Friends; Songs of Joy and Peace (SONY BMG 2008).

Currently, John is on Jazz faculty at NYU Steinhardt and is finishing his third record focusing on electronics and percussion.