John Noubarian
John Noubarian
BIO

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He has spent a lifetime in music and his first love is jazz.  Considered one of Southwestern Ontario’s most respected jazz musicians, John has seen and played it all.

Early in his musical career he was booked out of Cleveland and Chicago and toured much of the mid-west United States.  During this time he had occasion to sit in with jazz notables such as Chet Baker, Herbie Mann, and  Scot LaFaro.

Following a few years of road gigs in the U.S., John resettled back in London, Ontario  where he currently resides.  He led house groups which alternated between two of the city’s most popular night spots; the Iroquois Hotel, and Campbells. Here his trio backed some top instrumentalists and vocalists among which were jazz greats like Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Wingy Manone, Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Jack Brokensha, and vocalists Ernestine Anderson, Jean Turner, Carmen McRae and others.

In addition to nightly performances, John attended London Teachers College during the day. He taught with the London Catholic School Board and continued his academic studies at the University of Western Ontario. He graduated from the Faculty of Music in 1975 and retired from his teaching duties in 1993.

A talented contemporary pianist and vocalist, John is a sought after performer who appears frequently in jazz concerts and festivals throughout the region.  In addition to theatre and playhouse concerts in London, Petrolia, Sarnia, Grand Bend, and Stratford, he has performed, also, at the Toronto DuMaurier Jazz Festival, the Beaches Jazz Festival, and the Ottawa Jazz Festival.  A third annual concert was successfully completed in August 2002 at Stratford’s Avon Theatre.

John Noubarian


An artist with a strong sense of community, John continues to perform with great verve and vitality and may be seen on an increasingly regular basis at Maggie’s Bistro in London.  His unceasing dedication to his music together with decades of quality involvement in the music scene have made him a legend among his musical peers.

John released his first CD “JJD jazz”, in December of 2000.  It is played fairly regulary on radio stations, both, in the local area and across the country.  A second CD is in the works and will be released in the fall of 2002.

 

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